Schalke 04 Esports Actually Made It To Playoffs In LEC 2020 Summer
In a recent news post, we had reported the impressive win streak Schalke 04 caught in League Europe Championship 2020 Summer Group Stage. After 5 weeks of dead silence that yields only 1 win for them in 11 matches, they suddenly went into an absolute rampage during Week 6 and Week 7. After these two weeks, they saved a chance to still make it into playoffs if they were able to carry this outstanding comeback performance to Super Week 8 where they were about to fight against Fnatic, Team Vitality and MAD Lions.
Guess what, they torn them all apart.
Even more interesting than the fact that they beat very difficult odds to make this comeback happen, statistics of these matches have very strange remarks to pay attention.
Starting with Fnatic match, we are actually looking at a very stable match until the 20.00 mark. Both first blood and first tower went to Fnatic, and they managed to put up good fights around the Dragon. Still though, S04 managed to earn the dominance in map awareness and eventually they overpowered Fnatic team despite a very nice Corki performance from Nemesis.
They faced Team Vitality after this first win, where the balance between teams were mostly preserved until 28.00 mark. Even the first blood was taken around 13.30 mark, so this should give you an idea of how much of a slow and cautious gameplay it was. While Vitality managed to earn the dominance in map awareness unlike Fnatic did, it was not enough alone to prevent S04 from eventually walking victorious with an impressive score of 20–5 in the end. Gillius and Abbedagge totally massacred Vitality during fights, and again we are seeing a very familiar sight where Neon was left without kills as the ADC. S04 has a very interesting understanding of teamplay, so to speak.
In the last match of Super Week 8 for S04, MAD Lions were the last team to try steal their chance for playoffs. MAD Lions actually managed to take first blood as soon as 5.00 mark was hit, and they also grabbed the first tower alongside the map awareness dominance in a clear fashion. With that said, fights were massed around the river line, and S04 especially turned the Dragon area into a deathtrap for MAD Lions. Abbedagge was playing out of his mind with Corki during this match, and he carried his team to the critical victory as MAD Lions could not manage to turn the tide after 28.00 mark.
With this final victory, they managed to equal their group stage points with Excel Esports. Their head-to-head score was also tied in 1–1, so next criteria in the LEC 2020 Rulebook was the number of wins in second half of the Split. Needless to say, S04 was the definition of beast mode on this one so they grabbed the ticket for playoffs. They will be facing SK Gaming in the lower bracket as the first match of LEC 2020 Summer Playoffs on 21st of August, 17.00 CEST. Now everyone’s eyes are turned to S04’s playoff performance as they managed to “cheat death” in the group stage. They have indeed earned a very critical chance to push themselves forward. We are wishing them best of luck in this difficult stage, and hoping to see more of the great matches they played in second half of the Split.