MAD Lions vs G2 Esports – LEC Spring 2020 playoffs

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 15, 2020 in

MAD Lions and G2 Esports are set to lock horns this Saturday, April 18 in the Losers’ Bracket finals, where they will duke it out for a ticket leading to the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Spring Split finals.

MAD Lions vs G2 Esports – LEC Spring 2020 playoffs

Revenge will be on G2’s mind as they get ready for the weekend’s bout against MAD Lions, who produced one of the biggest upset wins in the history of LEC when they defeated G2 Esports (3-2) in round one of the playoffs. Perhaps, it would be fairer to say that the win was an upset mostly on the paper because as far as the performance of G2 and MAD Lions in that match is concerned, the latter deserved to claim the spoils on that day.

It’s hard to praise MAD Lions too much for what they have shown this season, as they looked like one of the strongest European LoL teams and they have the numbers to back those claims up. Finishing fourth in one of the strongest LoL league in the world is an accomplishment every other team can be jealous of, but what made MAD Lions’ run throughout 2020 Spring Split even more impressive is that this team is assembled almost entirely from rookies. Their top laner Andrei “Orome” Popa had only one LEC split worth of experience ahead of this season, jungler Zhiqiang “Shad0w” Zhao never before played at this tier of the competition, their ADC Matyáš “Carzzy” Orságarrived into LEC from ESLM, while MAD Lions’ support Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser began his career as a LoL pro player barely two years ago. The only player with proper experience playing at this high level of competition was their mid laner Marek “Humanoid” Brázda, who was previously a member of Splyce and interestingly enough he was not the best-performing player on his team.

Out of all five members, however, Shad0w and Carzzy deserve to get some special praise for what they have shown. Shad0w established himself as one of the best junglers in the league and his strong synergy with Humanoid played a pivotal role in MAD Lions’ success, even in their first meeting with G2 Esports. Carzzy, on the other side was widely regarded as one of the weakest ADCs in the league, but he quickly made all the doubters bite their tongue with his strong performances against some of the best ADCs in the league.

G2 Esports ended the Spring Split as the top seed with an impressive 15-3 record, which was expected, however, there was something about this team that simply did not feel right. Although Luka “Perkz” Perković and his crew put up solid numbers, they did not look as solid as they did last season and it’s hard to say exactly what the reason behind it is.

There were rumours G2 were dealing with some communication issues last season, which they tried to fix by moving the more vocal Perkz to mid lane and Rasums “Caps” Winther to the bottom lane as their new ADC. Was that move a solid decision is up to debate, but it’s hard to deny Caps was much more efficient as a mid-laner compared to how he performs as an ADC. He is still good, but good won’t cut it when it comes to G2’s ambitions to compete for the Worlds title.

Based on his performances as an ADC, it’s safe to assume Caps will get moved back to mid lane in the Summer Split and while that is far from confirmed, it’s still a hot topic of discussion among the LoL community, and analysts who in general believe Caps is not the right ADC for this team.

Prediction

On one side we have an established European powerhouse, which is clearly underperforming and on the other side a team of unproven talent that took the league by storm with their phenomenal performances.

The biggest question on everyone’ mind here is whether MAD Lions can repeat their success from two weeks ago and defeat G2 for the second time. Although there is no denying the online format of this split will give MAD Lions a slightly better chance to cause some damage as compared to if this match was played on LAN, we don’t believe G2 Esports will let this one slip again.

G2 Esports have had their problems this season and perhaps their decision to move Caps to the bottom lane was not the best one they made this year, but G2 Esports are still the same quintet of players that made it to the finals of 2019 World Championship. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski is still one of the best junglers in the world, Martin “Wunder” Hansen is still one of the most consistent top laners in the league (perhaps less-so this season), Caps is… well Caps, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle is still the same player who you can rely on to be at the right place at the right time and Perkz is further establishing himself as one of the best European players that ever lived.

G2 are known for switching into a higher gear when their necks are on the line and considering this match is their final chance to pick up the ticket for the LEC 2020 Spring Split finals, you can be sure G2 will show no mercy and claim a comfortable win.

Prediction: G2 Esports -2.5 maps