G2 Esports is overthrown: the third week of the LEC produced a number of unexpected results and three new frontrunners. With five wins and two losses each, Excel Esports, Fnatic and Rogue sit at the top of the table. The competition is heated, with only two of the ten competitors unlikely to make the playoffs.
Only two wins separate the top of the league with Astralis and Misfits, seventh in the LEC. The records after the first three weeks suggest that we will see a playoff race that will last until the end of the regular season, and it will be an entertaining one. Let's check out how the teams performed in week three and their schedule next week.
LEC Week 3 summary
In the first game of the week, Misfits Gaming showed some life against Team BDS. Shlatan, Vetheo and Neon played perfectly and got the win for their team. Team Vitality then faced SK Gaming, and SK again failed to impress. Haru played Bel'Veth for the first time with great comfort and carried the game with ease.
Excel Esports faced Rogue. Although XL played incredibly well, Rogue showed up even better as Comp and Larssen put the team ahead. Astralis took on Fnatic trying to continue their good form, but Upset was visibly upset with FNC's performance this season. He took matters into his own hands and brought home the victory with a 7-0-5 Zeri.
At the end of the day, MAD Lions played G2 Esports. caPs attempted to outplay Nisqy's Swain on Zoe, but G2 was completely destroyed by MAD. With this loss, G2 Esports forfeited its lead, while MAD Lions returned to the race for the top two spots. Excel Esports started the next day against BDS and after a 9-0-3 Wukong by Markoon, they went home with a 1-1 score.
Rogue also faced a weaker opponent, SK Gaming. Larssen's AP Corki clinched the victory on Rogue's side. Sertuss was 5-1-3 on Sylas and Treatz was 3-1-6 on Senna but they could not stop Rogue. VIT and AST played a very close game that went in Team Vitality's favour, although it could have gone either way. Dajor's 5-2-2 on Vex was not enough while Alphari didn't die a single time with Gnar, marking the 0-2 week for Astralis.
One of the games with the highest kills in the LEC was played between MAD Lions and Misfits Gaming. Given MAD's unstable performances, MSF saw this as a chance to get back into the championship race. Vetheo was 8-2-14 on Ahri and Neon was 7-2-16 on Zeri to secure Misfits the win.
The match of the week followed, Fnatic versus G2 Esports. Fnatic's heavily criticised jungler, Razork, played a 9-1-3 Viego to hand G2 the loss. After finishing the first three weeks at 5-2 and gaining an advantage over G2, FNC will now look to add more wins and get the best possible finish to secure a good spot in the playoffs. Visit Luckbox to watch their climb with live streams for all matches and sign up now to claim your 100% bonus before placing your bets on them.
LEC Week 4 schedule
Check out the schedule and betting odds below:
Friday, July 15
Excel Esports (1.28) vs Astralis (3.40) - 18:00 CEST
MAD Lions (1.17) vs Team BDS (4.50) - 19:00 CEST
Fnatic (1.40) vs Misfits Gaming (2.70) - 20:00 CEST
G2 Esports (1.12) vs SK Gaming (5.50) - 21:00 CEST
Rogue (1.48) vs Team Vitality (2.50) - 22:00 CEST
Saturday, July 16
Excel Esports (1.20) vs SK Gaming (4.20) - 17:00 CEST
MAD Lions (1.32) vs Astralis (3.10) - 18:00 CEST
Rogue (1.10) vs Team BDS (5.80) - 19:00 CEST
G2 Esports (1.35) vs Misfits Gaming (3.00) - 20:00 CEST
Fnatic (1.52) vs Team Vitality (2.35) - 21:00 CEST
Excel and G2 will have a much easier week, which means they should secure 2-0 with their opponents likely to lose a game or two. If they do, they should be rooting for Team Vitality. After finally having the perfect week against SK and Astralis, Vitality is ready to play Fnatic and Rogue. A 0-2 week would be disappointing as they have what it takes to even get a 2-0 from this tough week.
The LEC goes into a week-long break before the week four matches are played. After a 0-2 week, G2 Esports will need to use this break to improve. The same goes for Vitality, which will have two strong opponents next weekend.