Splyce, the number 3 seed from the League of Legends European Championships, have qualified for the League of Legends World Championship quarterfinals on Thursday in what may be the biggest achievement in the organisation’s history. After finishing with a 1 & 2 record after the first half of the round-robin group stages, Splyce rallied in front of a home crowd with wins over hit-and-miss FunPlus Phoenix and Gigabyte Marines.
League of Legends World Championship: The execution errors that plagued them in their 1 & 2 run were over as Splyce showcased their steady macro and solid team fight execution to the world and followed a 3 & 0 day by pushing FunPlus to their limit in the number 1 seed tiebreaker game.
AD carry Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup had the following to say after their super impressive win: “We always knew we could do it … Early on in practice, or starting summer split, we saw what we can do with this roster, and I feel like we unlocked all of that today.”
Coming into the season, Splyce’s lineup, composed of rookie mid laner Marek “Humanoid” Brazda, second-year support Tore Hoel “Norskeren” Eilertsen, third-year jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir and veterans Kobbe and Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamas, looked unimpressive compared to the like of G2 Esports, Fnatic, Origen and Misfits.
“Basically, at the start of the year, no one expects anything from us … and I feel like we did a good job” said Kobbe.
Fans criticized Splyce’s early game, and when the team shored that up, the critiques shifted to the mid-game. There was always something for the LEC community to latch onto.
Head coach Hadrien “Duke” Forestier said the following: “We know that we aren’t Fnatic or G2; at the same time, we keep getting reminded of it … As Splyce, we don’t receive much praise from the audience/community, and it’s quite rare for us to be complacent.”
Splyce’s biggest weakness was their slow adaptation to meta changes and game patches, which nearly ended their season. In the playoff quarterfinals, against all expectations, Rogue won and dashed Splyce’s hopes for a semifinal spot, sending them into the LEC regional gauntlet and giving them a month-long break.
Splyce still made it to the third seed after powering through a slump and all the meta changes. Now, they’re on to the knockout stage of the world championship for the first time in organisation history after making the group stages as a play-in team.
“We had many setbacks this year, and we ultimately were the last team standing behind G2 and Fnatic,” Duke said. “There was one spot to take behind those two teams; thanks to our discipline and mental fortitude, we went through. We had to fight all year long to survive in the LEC. We’re happy to be here.”
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