Origen vs exceL
For our fourth match of the day we have a clash between Origen and Excel Esports. Now, this isn't exactly a must watch by any stretch of the imagination, but it's at least something, and it could be quite a fair bit more entertaining than most people expect.
Quite frankly, we're not watching this because of Excel Esports. They're solid, they're relatively okay across the board, but in a hyper competitive environment such as the LEC, that's simply not enough. Right now they're dead last in the standings, and barring any seismic, unrealistic resurgence or flash of unexpected brilliance, they're bound to end the split as the worst team in the region.
That's perhaps a bit too harsh, but it doesn't make it any less true. They simply don't have the tools which are necessary in order to compete at the highest of levels. They're ill-equipped, in other words.
But that's not stopping them from fighting tooth and nail every time they step foot on the Summoner's Rift. They might not put up a big fight, but they're at least trying, and that's commendable. At least to a certain degree.
We're watching this game because of Origen, and Origen only. They're not going to be challenged, but their Summer Split start hasn't been that spotless or dominant. They were far less dangerous and cohesive than everyone expected, and everyone wondered what was happening to the second best team from Spring.
But once they went over to Rift Rivals, they displayed an immense understanding of the meta and were once against a spectacular five-man unit. They played like a well-oiled machine and simply didn't skip a beat. Their games against the three North American titans made everyone sure of their inherent strength and potential.
So we're watching to see just how good Origen are currently, and how much they have improved over the last couple of weeks. They're definitely one of the best and most capable teams in the region, but they need just a wee bit more time before getting back to their dominant ways.
The meta has once again shifted, which will give them an opportunity to start anew. They will have a somewhat level playing field and will be given the chance to compete with the likes of Splyce and Schalke 04 for that third spot in the standings behind Fnatic and G2 Esports.
How high they will eventually soar still remains to be seen, but they have the right pieces of the puzzle, now they only need time.
We're going with Origen on this one and with full confidence. Excel Esports will surely make this a close game (at least in the early game) but will succumb to Origen's immense pressure and talent sooner rather than later.