The playoffs for the League of Legends Spring Split are happening all weekend long, as teams face off in a battle for Championship points and eventually a place the World Championships in September.
H2K v Origen
Stream: Riot Games
Today we’re starting with the EU region, and the semifinal match between 2nd seed H2K, and 4th seeded Origen. I’ll be on live blogging duties all weekend for the playoffs, so do keep me company while we watch some League of Legends for literally days on end. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter with any comments and observations about the matches!
LIVE BLOG (refreshes automatically)
The playoff picture (Riot Games)
Here is how the Championship points are awarded.
OG are only on the blue side for Game 1 and Game 5.
PREMATCH INTERVIEW – Amazing
“Regular season doesn’t matter” – It’s all about the playoffs for Origen.
Game 1 – Pick and Bans
Game 1 pick and bans done – this is how the teams look going into Game One! Can H2K reach their first EU LCS Final EVER?
Standard early game so far. Here is your 5 minute update as OG take Rift Herald.
The flash, the ult, the kill! Ryu goes down and it’s first blood for Origen and Amazing!
When that action was going down mid, H2k pushed Origens top lane very hard. Taking the inhib tower down very very low.
Nothing to separate the two sides just yet.
Amazing and Soaz catch Odoamme overextending in the top lane
The first big fight and Origen show their team fighting prowess! A huge lockdown by POE starts off a clean demolishing of H2K. 5-0 on kills and H2K down around 2,000 gold right now.
H2K grab dragon. Origen take down Vander.
PowerofEvil and Odoamne are 1v1’ing in the top lane, both teams come over to help out…but Origen react much much faster! They take down the Ekko.
27 minutes in, and nothing has happened since I updated you about 6 minutes ago. Origen need to start baiting Baron more and force a team fight.
Origen do finally bait baron like I said…and it didn’t work! You didn’t have to listen to me, there is a reason why I’m Gold…H2K kill off Soaz and PowerOfEvil, the game stalls out longer.
A huge fight in the midlane! POE gets burst down super quick by H2K, but Amazing grabs the first blood in the fight! Amazing pushes on down mid lane chasing two H2K members – but a teleport in by Ryu changes the tide of the fight! The chase down power of Kassadin sees Ryu clean up and grab 2 kills. 4-2 for H2K in that fight. They then push on to grab Baron.
A really good first game here in the LCS. H2K are now back in this game and will be looking to push with their Baron buff.
The Barons about to come up, so here comes the Baron dance…surely whoever wins the next team fight will win the game?
Double teleport advantage for OG. Each team keep on posturing around Baron but nobody is pulling the trigger. Nervy game.
Ryu catches out Mithy. Soaz pushes top lane, minions push bottom. H2K then push Baron and Amazing steals it! H2K clean up there in an amazing team fight – Forgiven with a quadra kill! 4-3 in H2K’s favour and they can now push inhibs.
The aftermath as Forigven gets a quadra kill.
54MIN – H2K WIN
Oh no…it all goes so wrong for Origen. They push down mid game and are picked off one by one. H2K push on to win. What an amazing Game One.
Game 1 – H2K WIN
Game 1 – That fight
This was the fight that changed the course of the game. Huge mistake by Zven for getting so close. Also bad positioning by him on the last fight – went for a tower hit but got caught out.
Game 2 – Pick and Bans
Game 2 pick and bans to come shortly! PowerOfEvil will stay in as Origen’s mid laner. xPeke will not come in despite the loss.
Game 2 – Pick and Bans
Here we go, the bans are in. I’ll update you on the picks.
Game 2 – Picks and Bans
Game 2 – Keystone masteries
A fairly boring 6 minutes – players now start to make their first recalls of the game to grab items.
H2K plan a 5 man tower dive on 3 members of OG in the top lane…but OG out play it! Zven grabs first blood and the teams trade 2 for 2. Amazing makes his way over after the fight has defused and grabs himself a kill – Soaz grabs himself bot turret. 1,500 gold advantage for OG.
A fairly even trade. Amazing kills Vander in the top lane, but they waste quite a lot of resources for it. H2K take their bottom turret in the process.
Origen gets the first Dragon of the game.
H2K go for another tower dive….
But OG pick them off yet again! It’s all so sloppy by H2K, their decision making has been so poor when tower diving.
Origen dive H2K under their own turret after Soaz catches Jankos. The team fight works out for them, they take it 3-0 and then take Baron. Great synergy and decision making by Origen. H2K are too scattered in these fights.
Origen didn’t make huge use of their Baron buff. They pick up their 2nd Dragon of the game now and return to pushing side lanes.
Here’s an update at nearly 30mins. Baron up in 15, Origen go to start it straight away but H2K pressure them off it. A fight to come very soon around Baron.
Origen keep on starting Baron and H2K keep stopping them. Soaz manages to block some members of H2K off – and the rest of the team bursts down Baron. Amazing gets the smite and OG are able to clean up afterwards.
34MIN – ORIGEN WIN
A scrappy fight bot sees PowerOfEvil dropped, Vander goes down for H2K. The rest of H2K is low and Soaz collapses round – he twisted advances onto Ryu and picks up the kill – Zven then picks of Jankos. Origen push in to win. 1-1 in the series.
H2K 1 – 1 ORIGEN
Game 2 – Origen win
Game 3 – Pick and Bans
And we’re into Game 3! Pick and Bans on their way.
Game 3 – Picks and Bans
Here we go then. Origen going for a late scaling composition, but in the early game they’re really weak. They’ve got little to no wave clear. H2K need to punish this.
2MIN – KEYSTONE MASTERIES
PowerOfEvil blows flash in mid lane to avoid a gank.
500g lead for H2K in the early game. They’ll have to make moves soon to punish this weak early game composition of OG.
H2K secure first blood onto Mithy due to Ryu’s beautiful Lissandra ult.
Ryu has opening up a strong CS lead in mid lane too.
Ryu is dominating PowerOfEvil in this mid lane on CS. He now pushes in on OG’s second tier mid turret.
H2K now 3-0 on tower kills, opening up a 5k gold lead. This will be a slow methodical game. H2K take Dragon to extend the gold lead even more.
H2K suffocating Origen here. It’ll be a long drawn out process until they can take down the baron – maybe in like 5 minutes.
PowerOfEvil steps too far up from his bottom turret and is taken out by Jankos and Ryu. H2K destroy the 2nd tier tower and the inhib tower. They’ve backed off and will certainly target that open inhib.
Origen try and get H2K off their turret by engaging with Mithy’s Alistar. It doesn’t work though and, although none of them die, Origen lose their turret – H2K take it and then go take their 2nd Dragon of the game.
H2K get the baron and are now 12K gold ahead. A perfect game from the 2nd place seed.
30MIN – H2K WIN
H2K push in top lane with their baron buff to win. The champion select let OG down – like I said before the game started, Origens comp is weak early game, H2K knew this and punished them. They are now one win away from the Finals.
H2K 2 – 1 ORIGEN (BO5)
xPeke subbed in for Game 4 (PowerOfEvil subbed out)
Delay here is due to xPeke warming up…will be with pick and bans shortly.
Game 4 – Pick and Bans
Here we go! Pick and bans underway. H2K need one more win to get into the EU LCS finals for the first time ever.
Game 4 – Pick and Bans
Lane swaps in progress, both teams push the bottom/top towers. Slight tempo lead for H2K.
Ryu and Jankos stun xPeke in the mid lane and secure first blood.
Both teams push town top/bot towers. They both get the 2nd tier turrets – H2K manage to push the minion wave to the inhib tower to deny Soaz farm.
A quick update on stats as Origen take Rift Herald.
Origen take the first Dragon of the game.
Nothing to report just yet. The game is slow and methodical. Teams joint on gold as OG secure the Rift Herald.
H2K and OG are just mirroring each other in mid lane. Each team threatens to fight, but then just pulls back.
HERE WE GO! Amazing catches out Jankos in his jungle with a body slam, Smithy throws out his Braum ult and….nothing happens. Yeah nothing. Jankos probably lost a bit of health that’s about it.
A fight! I promise, there was! OG get 2 kills and push on to get Baron. They then push mid and get themselves 2 towers.
Origen also got themselves an inhib on the baron push.
Zven having a great game, just like he did in Game 2. He’s currently 3/0/1.
H2K’s inhib respawns. Baron up in 1:20.
We have a pause. xPeke having keyboard problems.
Never mind, Ryu is awake! Amazing gets melted and H2K manages to clean up. 3 kills for the LeBlanc, huge!
H2K live to fight another day. Can they hold Origen off and get the win?
A well fought team fight by Origen sees them ace H2K! Origen push on to win. We’re going to a game 5, get Silver Scrapes ready!
Game 5 – xPeke has been SUBBED out for PowerOfEvil
GAME 5 ON THE WAY
We’re back. The FINAL game of today’s EU LCS Semi-Final. Who will move on to the final? Full picks and bans coming very soon.
Game 5 – Picks and Bans
Here we go – the winner takes it all. Will it be OG making it back to back finals? Or will H2K make their first ever final? Lets find out.
First 5 minutes of Game 5. Standard lane swaps, H2K take Rift Herald.
Mithy goes down to Ryu for first blood – but Origen respond by taking mid. Origen end up coming out on top in that trade.
H2K secure the first Dragon of the game.
OG and H2K have a little scuffle mid lane then just walk away from each other.
OG destroy the middle inhibitor. The gates are open.
H2K try hard to defend this turret. Ryu manages to put good damage on to Zven (as seen below), but OG end up taking the turret anyway. Far too strong right now.
Baron up in 15 seconds – the end could be near if Origen bait H2K out to it.
Jankos caught out by OG as he walks too close to a brush. They then grab Baron. They’ll look to use the Baron buff to push in and win here.
OG take the inhib and catch Ryu off at the side. They then push in top lane and grab top lane inhib. They try to end but H2K force them back, they recall and will be back ASAP.
OG take bottom inhibitor and recall. All inhibitors are now down for H2K.
39MIN – ORIGEN WIN AND ARE THROUGH TO THE FINALS
H2K try a heroic last stand, but it’s not enough – Origen are through to the EU LCS Finals!
You can catch the BO5 between G2 ESPORTS and FNATIC tomorrow at twitch.tv/riotgames and here at esportssource.