Splyce qualified for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship with a 3-0 victory over FC Schalke 04 Esports.
The team was not the favorite coming into the series after its game on Friday. Against Origen, Splyce played a slow and uncreative game that raised questions about what condition they were competing in. But against Schalke, Splyce proved that they’re more than capable of stomping their opponents.
Splyce came into the match well-prepared, knowing how to neutralize Schalke and take over the game. Their victory was a feelgood moment for League fans, as it set up Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss with his first trip to Worlds.
The win sets Splyce up with a match against Fnatic to determine which team will be forced to start Worlds in the play-in stage.
Xerxe takes over the game
Splyce started the series with a decisive victory, thanks in large part to a great game from Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir on Nocturne. The jungler was the first on the scoreboard with a double kill in the bottom lane, tricking Kim “Trick” Gang-yun as he tried to set up a gank with his Qiyana by hiding in a bush to turn the play around.
Xerxe kept the pressure on and focused his efforts on neutralizing Trick from there on out. This strategy paid off, as the power difference between the two junglers proved to be the difference in the game.
Trick’s inability to get the ball rolling prevented him from setting up plays for Elias “Upset” Lipp and Felix “Abbedagge” Braun, dragging down the entire team. As a result, Splyce rolled over Schalke and claimed game one.
Splyce snowballs out of control
Splyce continued to dominate the series in game two. Xerxe locked in Olaf for a strong presence before level six and took full advantage of the pick by invading Schalke’s side of the jungle. By the seven-minute mark, Splyce had absolute control of the map.
Marek “Humanoid” Brázda on Akali was a force to be reckoned with. The mid laner roamed to the bottom lane and walked away with multiple kills. Splyce played through the lane from there and grew a significant gold advantage off of those plays.
From there, Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup snowballed out of control on Jinx. The bottom laner took eight turret plates all on his own and was fully online before anyone else in the game.
Abbedage made a series of costly mistakes that only made things worse for Schalke. The mid laner underestimated the competition and kept trying to force unnecessary team fights. Splyce only needed one baron buff to push for the win.
One play decides the game for Splyce
Splyce closed the series in game three.
This time around Schalke took over the early game, winning a fight in the bottom lane that allowed them to gain control of that side of the map. Schalke funneled gold into Upset, hoping that he would carry the game later. They played the map, moved as a unit, and looked poised to give Splyce a real fight in the series.
Splyce waited for their time to strike. One good team fight was all they needed to stabilize and close the gold difference.
Schalke wanted to end Splyce’s comeback by taking a baron buff, but this opportunity was too good to be missed by Splyce. They rotated in and massacred Schalke inside the pit. Only Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu survived to defend the base versus all five members of Splyce.
Splyce took down the nexus and punched its ticket to the 2019 LoL World Championship.