The third week of the LEC 2019 Spring Split was going according to schedule. After another rough mid game, G2 managed to hold on to beat a very good Splyce team and then Schalke and Origen combined for two wins where they just slammed on the gas in the late game.
The next match between Vitality and Rogue, however, wasn’t expected to be particularly close. Vitality have been playing really well around jungler Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha following a rough first week, while Rogue are still searching for their first win.
But Rogue certainly didn’t play like underdogs, pushing back against Vitality’s splitpush. Even though Mowgli got off to a dream start, pressuring the Rogue jungle with abandon, Rogue were able to regroup and got enough kills to keep things close despite Vitality’s laning advantages.
That’s when Vitality decided to do what they do best: Backdoor. The team became known for cross-map plays last year, especially from mid laner Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro. They even pulled off a backdoor at Worlds.
So when Rogue pushed up the mid lane as a five-man group, Vitality simply let them. Both teams saw Jiizuke splitpushing the bot lane as Ryze. But as a new team to European League of Legends, Rogue didn’t have first-hand knowledge of just how dangerous that Ryze could be.
By the time they figured out that they needed to run for the hills, it was too late. Vitality stopped their recalls and teleports, and just like that, the game was over.
It was an exciting way to end the game, and boy, did we need it. There just weren’t that many huge moments in the other games today—in the last game of the day, Misfits simple wiped Fnatic off the map.