LEC Spring Split 2020 Week 5 Recap: Four Teams Tied in First

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The League of Legends European Championship 2020 Spring Split regular season has reached the halfway mark! Here’s a recap of the action from LEC Week 5!

With fewer surprise results than the previous set of games, LEC Week 5 steadied the boat and stabilized the standings, resulting in four teams tied for first place at the top of the table. Not only that, the top seven European teams are currently separated by just two wins.

Week 5 signified the halfway point of the Spring Split, but we are no closer to knowing who our six playoff contenders will be. Seven teams are currently battling it out for six places, and each roster is worthy of a spot in the Spring playoffs based on their performances so far in the regular season.

So, how did LEC Week 5 play out? Which performances were the most impressive? Here’s our recap:

Week 5 Results

Day 1

Misfits Gaming 1 – 0 MAD Lions
Team Vitality 0 – 1 Schalke 04
Excel Esports 0 – 1 G2 Esports
Origen 1 – 0 SK Gaming
Rogue 0 – 1 Fnatic

Day 2

SK Gaming 0 – 1 Team Vitality
Excel Esports 1 – 0 Schalke 04
Misfits Gaming 0 – 1 Rogue
MAD Lions 1 – 0 G2 Esports
Origen 0 – 1 Fnatic

Performance of the Week

Origen 0 – 1 Fnatic

This section could quite easily be renamed “Draft of the Week” after Mithy and the Fnatic crew proved that Soraka is punishable with an aggressive dive composition consisting of Ornn, Pantheon, and Taliyah.

If Fnatic’s game plan wasn’t clear during champion select, it was certainly made clear just six minutes into the game as Bwipo, Selfmade, and Nemesis combined to find an early kill on Alphari’s Soraka, setting the top laner behind, and forcing Origen into a lane swap.

From there, Fnatic continued to rule the rift with their multitude of engage tools to start fights and build a gold lead. The Match of the Week winners topped off their dominating performance with a clean sweep of the Origen team around the Baron pit in an incredibly one-sided team fight before walking down mid and ending the game.

Player of the Week

Fnatic – Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek

If you think the best Ornn player in Europe is a top laner, you’re wrong.

After ten games, Nemesis’ most played champion isn’t Ryze, it isn’t Syndra, it isn’t Veigar. You guessed it, it’s Ornn.

In Week 5, Fnatic took down fellow title challengers Rogue and Origen in convincing fashion, and a lot of their success boiled down to their mid laner’s proficiency on an unusual pick for the role.

Despite not picking up a Player of the Game award for either of his team’s Week 5 victories, any LEC viewer could tell you how vital Nemesis was to Fnatic’s climb to the top of the table over the weekend.

As a result, the Slovenian mid laner and his teammates find themselves in joint first place with an incredible chance of securing a top-two seed at the end of the regular season and potentially contesting G2 for the LEC trophy in playoffs.

Standings After Week 5

1. Misfits Gaming (7 – 3)
2. G2 Esports (7 – 3)
3. Fnatic (7 – 3)
4. Origen (7 – 3)

5. MAD Lions (6 – 4)
6. Rogue (6 – 4)

7. Excel Esports (5 – 5)

8. SK Gaming (2 – 8)
9. Schalke 04 (2 – 8)

10. Team Vitality (1 – 9)

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The LEC returns on February 28 with Schalke 04 vs. Origen kicking off Week 6! Catch Ready Check from 17:30 CET on the LEC Twitch channel and LoL Esports YouTube channel!