Team of the week: LDLC OL
If the places for play offs of the French League League of Legends are still very uncertain, the prospective champion is far from all these considerations. LDLC OL (1st, 15 v., 1d.) stands out from the rest of the championship since the start of the season, and its only defeat last week did not prevent it from shining on the stage of the Seine Musicale (Boulogne-Billancourt) this Thursday.
His opponent GameWard (3rd, 10 v., 6d.) managed to manhandle the defending champion in an explosive duel, but it was far from enough to claim to bring down his opponent. The botlane of LDLC OL, composed of Thomas “Exakick” Foucou and Mads “Doss” Schwartz, shone individually by hoisting the team to victory by taking the lead. The collective then took over and could not be stopped by their opponent. With this fifteenth victory this summer, the Lyonnais are still favorites for the end-of-season tournaments.
Player of the Week: Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet
Vitality Bee (2nd, 11 v., 5d.) shone with his collective in his victory snatched from Karmine Corp (5th, 8 v., 8d.) in front of an unleashed public. But this force could certainly not be better embodied than by Duncan “Skeanz” Marquethis jungle. On his Lee Sin, he was key to his team’s fight commitments all game against KC. In this explosive match, he started the acceleration of Vitality by finding flaws in the opponent’s strategy at the right time, followed by his teammates in his actions.
This victory allowed the team to confirm its second place in the standings, qualifying for the European Masters without going through the preliminary phase. For Skeanz, the objective is clear: give everything to win the title before leaving the Bees, joined in 2019, as he admitted after the clash. For Karmine, winner of the last EUMthis setback is worrying: if it remains in very favorable waivers, it has still not officially won its ticket for the play-offs, while its calendar of the last week (Misfits Premier then LDLC OL) is far from being simple.
Match of the Week: BDS Academy – Misfits Premier
This high-tension game brought together all the ingredients for a good match. BDS Academy (4th, 9v., 7d.) on one side, on a series of five victories in a row and neck and neck with Misfits Premier (5th, 8v., 8d.) just as much in acceleration in the final sprint for the playoffs. Faced with a very solid strategy from Misfits, BDS dared to take risks and delivered a match full of twists and turns. Without giving up time, the two teams blew hot and cold. And it was precisely when Misfits was supposed to be at its strongest that BDS surprised it and turned the tide.
At the foot of the wall, in their bare base, the midlaner Steven “Reeker” Chen attempted a last stand as the last bastion against defeat. Against all odds, he bought his teammates enough time to hold on. And on a last fight masterfully led by the jungler Théo “Sheo” Borile, BDS finally triumphed over its adversary. This victory qualified her for the play-offs of the summer segment. For its part, Misfits Premier will have to redouble its efforts to validate its top 6 next week.
This Thursday, play-off hopes began to run out of steam for TeamGO (7th, 7v., 9 d.) after a setback by Team Oplon (9th, 4 v., 12 d.). Definitely out of the play-off race, the latter arrived on the scene free of any expectations. After hunkering down at the start, Oplon showed his other side and started a blistering mid-game acceleration. Pengcheng “Peng” Shen showed some nice things on his Taliyah and allowed his team to penalize his opponent’s wanderings. For GO, this defeat is catastrophic, since it leaves him no room for error for the play offs and puts some of his chances in the hands of the other teams.
Another team in the middle of the table, Solary (8th, 6v., 10d.) showed her best in her duel against Mirage Elyandra (10th, 2 v., 14 d.). Admittedly, this is not surprising against an opponent at the bottom of the table, but the team was able to reassure themselves by executing a controlled game from start to finish. If she maintains her formula in her next clashes, Solary could still believe in a miracle, since she still has a slim chance of accessing the play offs.