The LEC finals 2019 begin on April 14! Origen are preparing to challenge the team that 3-0’d them in Round 2 of the playoffs, and G2 Esports are a looking to continue their winning streak all the way to the title. Find out which of these teams will get to represent Europe at the Mid-Season Invitational in our LEC finals preview 2019!
Kings of preparation
Origen proved to be fully deserving of their top-2 status in their Bo5 against Fnatic! Not only did they run circles around their opponents in the pick/ban phase, but they also found new ways to target Fnatic’s solo lanes. Combine that with their strong synergy and coordinated teamfighting, and Origen are looking surprisingly potent coming into this LEC finals 2019 series.
Most of Origen’s strength comes from their solo laners. Nukeduck is one of the most well-rounded mid laners in the league, and you can count on him to do well in the laning phase and make smart plays in the later stages of the game. Meanwhile, Alphari ramped up his aggression to the point where he has a solid claim to being one of the best top laners in Europe, and his relentless pressure was key in Origen’s victory over Fnatic. Throw in a confident jungler in Kold, and you get a 3-man core that could hold up against some of the best League of Legends teams in the world.
The cracks begin to show in the bot lane. Mithy saw massive improvements in the series against Fnatic, and his Blitzcrank, in particular, is a great weapon to have in Origen’s arsenal. However, Patrik is still far too inexperienced to play on the big stage, and his shaky positioning will be exposed in this LEC finals 2019 series.
G2 Esports are all about overwhelming their opponents from the first minutes of the game. This is by far the most explosive roster in the region, and it’s common to see G2 brute force their way to victory. If that wasn’t enough, G2 are exceptional at navigating the late game and making the right calls in do-or-die scenarios, turning them into the definition of a European powerhouse.
G2’s biggest pressure points lie in the solo lanes. Caps is an absolute juggernaut in the mid lane, and his mechanical prowess and non-stop aggression are the foundation of G2’s game plans. The same could be said about Wunder, who routinely outmuscles his foes in laning and splitpushing scenarios. If that wasn’t enough, Jankos is the king of early game jungling, and his ganks and initiations are a great way of enabling G2’s solo laners.
The bot lane is equally impressive. Perkz might not be the most experienced AD carry, but you wouldn’t be able to tell this by the way he seamlessly dominates the laning phase and tops the damage charts in teamfights and skirmishes. Moreover, Perkz is paired up with Mikyx, who’s widely recognized as the most mechanically proficient support in the region. And while Mikyx isn’t at 100% because of his wrist issues, he’s still strong enough to take the fight to most European bot lanes.
PREDICTION: G2 will overpower Origen and win the LEC finals 2019 with a 3-1 score.