FC Schalke 04 challenge G2 Esports on February 22! Let’s see if they can repeat the feat accomplished by Origen in our detailed LEC match of the week breakdown! Schalke have certainly had a good run, but they’re far from perfect. This lineup puts a strong emphasis on macro and teamfighting, and it’s these traits that make it one of the strongest teams in the region. However, Schalke’s early game is noticeably lacking, which leaves them wide open to enemy aggression.
G2 Esports might’ve dropped a game to Origen, but they’re also hungry to redeem themselves! Their roster holds overwhelming amounts of firepower, and their intricate drafts make full use of this talent by setting their laners up with favorable matchups. They’re also always looking for new ways to take the fight to their opponents, so they’re unlikely to dance to Schalke’s tune in the later stages of the game.
Schalke vs G2 Match Breakdown
Top Lane Matchup
Our Schalke vs G2 LEC match analysis kicks off with the top lane matchup. With a 2.2 KDA and 8.4 CS per minute, Odoamne is the lightning rod of Schalke’s roster—he gets lane-dominant picks and draws pressure in the early game, but he doesn’t perform well enough to be considered the main carry of this roster. Combine that with the fact that he doesn’t receive a lot of help from his jungler, and it’s not exactly surprising that Odoamne frequently falls prey to enemy ganks and turret dives.
On paper, Wunder fulfills a similar role on G2 Esports. Holding a 5.4 KDA and 8.5 CS per minute, he’s often left to fend for himself on an island, as his teammates funnel their resources into other positions. However, Wunder is exceptional at finding individual leads and pulling off spectacular outplays in the early game, which gives him a sizeable edge over Odoamne.
VERDICT: G2 Wunder claims the top lane as his own.
There’s no denying that Memento is a good fit for Schalke. Sporting a 3.7 KDA and 5.0 CS per minute, he’s a confident playmaker that’s always looking to set his laners ahead with a daring gank or a clutch river skirmish. Not all of his plays land, though, and for every two hits, there’s at least one instance where Memento goes one step too far and donates a free kill to his opponents.
There’s something ironic about the fact that Jankos started playing aggressive champions only to fall at the hand of a Karthus pick. That’s not to say he’s bad, though. With a 9.2 KDA and 5.8 CS per minute, G2’s jungler is an early game machine that seamlessly finds the cracks in the enemy armor. And someone like Memento doesn’t have the experience or mechanical prowess to stop him.
VERDICT: S04 Memento finds an edge in the jungle.
Mid Lane Matchup
Abbedagge shows a lot of promise in the mid lane. With a 3.7 KDA and 9.3 CS per minute, Schalke’s mid laner is a formidable carry player that doesn’t hesitate to go for trades or outplays. Much like Memento, though, he isn’t refined enough to pull off this playstyle on a regular basis, so it’s common to see Abbedagge’s aggression blow up in his face.
Caps is much more well-rounded in comparison. Sporting a 5.0 KDA and 8.7 CS per minute, he’s an explosive playmaker, sure, but he’s also a battle-hardened veteran with years of competitive experience under his belt. And while he does have a tendency to disrespect his opponents in the laning phase, Abbedagge isn’t strong enough to exploit it.
VERDICT: FNC Caps reigns supreme in the mid lane.
Bot Lane Matchup
The bot lane will be the most important matchup in this Schalke vs G2 LEC battle. With a massive 9.1 KDA and 10.5 CS per minute, Upset is a mechanical prodigy that has no issues single-handedly taking over teamfights and skirmish. He’s joined by IgNar (3.9 KDA), a support that made a name for himself with his aggressive playstyle and potent playmaking.
G2 also have a strong duo on their hands. With a 6.1 KDA and 9.8 CS per minute, Perkz may not be the most experienced marksman, but he has the mechanics and the killer instinct to challenge most AD carries in the bot lane. Meanwhile, his lane partner Mikyx (5.1 KDA) has the matchup knowledge and game sense to be considered one of the best supports in the region. This duo tends to be very volatile on the Rift, though, so Schalke should have a lead in this matchup.
VERDICT: S04 Upset an IgNar win the bot lane standoff.
Schalke vs G2 LEC Match Prediction
Schalke are good, but they’re not good enough to overtake G2. Their laning is the shakiest point of their game, which is exactly where G2 are at their strongest. Combine that with the difference in individual talent, and our prediction can’t be anything other than a victory for G2 Esports!
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