EU LCS Team Spotlight: Splyce’s Sensational Summer Split

Earlier today, Splyce defeated Fnatic 2-0 and leapfrogged over them in the standings. After today’s win, Splyce now holds the number 2 spot in Europe which is a huge accomplishment considering just one split ago, Splyce finished in the bottom 3 and were forced to play in the relegation tournament. Splyce has accumulated 7 wins, 6 ties, and 2 losses after 15 series this split and has an overall record of 20-10, 2nd best behind defending EU LCS champs G2 Esports. So what exactly has been their key to success? Here are some points that may help explain why Splyce has improved so much in only months.

The Drive to Improve Their Skill Level

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Splyce had a very underwhelming debut split in the LCS and they did not want to repeat that performance in the summer. The players decided that they needed to put in more work to get the results they wanted so badly. The members of Splyce had reportedly increased their playing time after the spring split finished and all members were playing more solo queue and working on different aspects of their games. Splyce’s top laner, Martin “WunderWear” Hansen, stated today after their games against Fnatic that the members of the team have been playing solo queue more than they ever had before and want to continue improving. Splyce has the drive to get better and better with each passing week. They have a great mindset for what they are trying to accomplish and it is working greatly for them this split. The players and organization have done a great job at working hard to get better at their craft.

Great Coaching

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Splyce’s coach, Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi, has pretty much locked in his “Coach of the Year” award for this split and has been great for Splyce. He has done an amazing job with developing his players and helping them put together the right pick and ban strategies each week. Yamato has always been praised for his in-game knowledge and has used that to his advantage in finding new comps and counters to opposition’s strategies. Yamato has a great deal of experience in breaking down games and helping other understanding what has happened and why it has happened. This is one of the reasons Riot is always trying to get Yamato on their analyst desk when he is available. He provides accurate insight in his analysis and Splyce has the privilege to have that man working for them every day. Yamato is an integral part in what Splyce is doing this split and his work should be recognized by everyone.

The Roster Change

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After the spring split, Splyce made one change to their all-Danish roster. They replaced longtime support veteran Nisbeth with a new upcoming talent, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle. Mikyx had not played at the professional level before this summer split got underway, but he had been around the Fnatic organization and players for a decent amount of time to know what he was getting himself into. Mikyx stepped into the starting lineup and resurrected a below average bottom lane. The team’s ADC, Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup, was one of Europe’s worst ADCs last split. With Mikyx by his side, Kobbe has stepped up his game tremendously and looks much more confident in every stage of the game. The bottom lane for Splyce was considered a big weakness last split, but that is no longer the case with Mikyx in the lineup. He has also helped improve the game of Splyce’s jungler, Jonas “Trashy” Anderson. Mikyx and Trashy have showcased a great synergy in their roaming and warding game. Trashy has improved greatly this split and leads the team in series MVPs won. One roster move helped the other 4 players of Splyce improve their game. That makes it a fantastic move and might be the best move of the off-season.

Using Their Past Experiences

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Many considered Splyce’s spring split as a failure, but Splyce has used their past split as motivation and gained experience. In the interview with Splyce’s top laner Wunderwear mentioned early, he also stated that the team has improved greatly because of the experience they had obtained in the past split and during the relegation tournament. Splyce members were able to continue to build on the foundation they laid during the spring split. Players got more comfortable with the day-to-day tasks of being a professional player. They learned how to approach scrims, how to learn from mistakes, how to prepare for games better, how to train better, what time the team has meetings and how they go, how to solve problems together, and much more. Experience is a valuable attribute when it comes to professionals in not only in Esports, but in regular sports leagues as well. There is a reason why almost all of the successful sports teams have a veteran presence in the locker room. The experience of being a professional can not be taught, and must be learned by doing. There is no other way around it. Splyce had their time to learn and now they are showing the rest of the world what they can do with their knowledge.

Splyce has not made it to the top, but their climb from the bottom of Europe to the upper echelon has been a fun one to watch. The players growth has been noted and the team’s true potential remains a mystery. Splyce currently holds the 2nd seed in Europe and will want to retain that spot for a first-round bye in the playoffs. Splyce has become a serious contender in recent weeks and heading to Worlds is now a realistic goal for this team. A goal that nobody would have thought was obtainable two months ago.

By: Jeff “Gravy” Miskin

Twitter: @BigBadGravy