Our League of Legends team are back from their sunny Los Angeles vacation with another trophy in hand but now the guys are ready for some real competition with the LEC Summer Split. It feels good to be back, especially as we're in our rightful spot of first-place following our dominant win over G2 a few weeks back.
This week, we're getting deja vu as we take on our Spring Split Playoffs opponents Team Vitality and Splyce. The same fixtures will produce the same results though this time, they can count themselves lucky they'll only have to lose to us once on Summoner's Rift.
Team Vitality or Team Fatality?
You have to respect what Team Vitality accomplished last year. Coach Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi took a team of mostly rookies all the way to Worlds and earned shocking wins over Gen.G and Royal Never Give Up. However, they couldn't do what we did at that Worlds 2018 and Rift Rivals this year, beat Cloud9.
Still, we expect more from Vitality than what they've shown this split. They finally picked up their first wins of the Summer in the last game week but that hasn't given us much confidence in them. We hope they've been working hard during the break because we want a challenge, or at least more of a fight than what we got in the opening round of the Spring Playoffs.
Though, it won't matter how hard they've practised or if YamatoCannon gives the best motivational speech of his life - we're simply too good right now and will do whatever it takes to hold onto first place.
Splyce: Snakes without venom
Moving on to a team that did actually test us in the Playoffs, Splyce are looking strong again this split following a solid win against Origen. They've definitely lived up to their moniker of the late game kings but for that strategy to work against us, they'll have to last longer than 20 minutes.
And even if they do somehow miraculously pull that off, Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup will be impressive but won't be able to get the better of Martin "Rekkles" Larsson. In fact, Rekkles has been playing ADC for so long now that it's become too easy. The Swede occasionally roleswaps to support and there's no way Kobbe will be able to handle his Karma.
We've also been impressed recently by Tamas "Vizicsacsi" Kiss who has been making a lot of plays in the top-lane and is perhaps, in the best form of his career. We'll see just how good he really is when he squares off with Gabriel "Bwipo" Rau. Last time we appeared in the LEC, Bwipo was solo-killing Rasmus "Caps" Winther in lane and Vizi will likely suffer the same fate.