SK Gaming defeats Team Heretics and qualifies for Round 2 of the Losers’ Bracket in this LEC Winter Split

    

The resumption of the LEC Winter Split 2024 playoffs saw the first round of the Losers’ Bracket, marked by the first Bo3 elimination matches. The day was inaugurated by the duel between SK Gaming and Team Heretics, which ended with a victory for the Nisqy’s team, now preparing for a confrontation against Fnatic.

Not very brilliant

The LEC Winter Split 2024 playoffs resume with the start of Round 1 of the Losers’ Bracket on Saturday, February 10th, marking a crucial stage for the teams still in the running. On the program, two decisive Bo3 matches for the survival of the competitors. The first confrontation of the day highlights Team Heretics against SK Gaming, two teams looking to bounce back after their defeats during the opening weekend of the playoffs. The winner of this Bo3 duel will not only stay alive in the tournament, but will also prepare for a confrontation against Fnatic in Round 2 of the Losers’ Bracket. As for the loser, they will have to bid farewell to their hopes in these playoffs. This match promises to be a fierce battle where each team will give their all to continue their journey in the competition.

Team Heretics, despite an initial defeat against Team BDS, a team among the favorites for the title, nevertheless showed some good performances on the field, demonstrating more resilience than expected. Composed of LEC veterans such as Wunder, Jankos, and Perkz, the team is not favored on paper, but it has the potential to surprise if it manages to elevate its game to a higher level, both collectively and individually. On the other hand, SK Gaming is facing a period of doubt after an unexpected defeat against Team Vitality. After a strong start with a perfect weekend of 3-0 at the beginning of the regular season, the team seems to have lost some of its luster, showing signs of fatigue and a decrease in impact on the game. SK Gaming, however, has obvious advantages and is therefore the most capable of bouncing back among the struggling teams.

Game 1

In this first Bo3 game between SK and Heretics, the encounter turned out to be a reversal of fortunes. The early game saw a very aggressive approach from SK, who quickly took the lead by securing first blood. However, a miscalculated T1 botlane dive quickly turned the situation against them, negating the lead they had built. Despite this failure, SK did not give up and continued to impose their aggressive style of play, dominating the lane phase and securing the first neutral objectives to maintain control of the map. With a 2k gold lead at the 10th minute mark, their pressure was mainly focused on the botlane, where they continued to secure objectives while preventing their opponents from crossing the midline.

However, at the 21st minute, a huge teamfight broke out, marking a major turning point in the game. Contrary to SK who missed their opportunity, the Heretics managed this confrontation brilliantly, winning a clean ace and their first dragon, which allowed them to take the lead in terms of gold for the first time in the game. This victory made things much more complicated for SK, who made a few too many mistakes, giving their opponents the opportunity to come back. At the 28th minute, a new decisive teamfight saw the Heretics dominate once again, allowing them to secure the first Nashor. Armed with the buff, they launched a decisive offensive, breaking through the defenses of the SK base to finally win the first game of this series. Despite a promising start and a fairly well-executed aggressive strategy, SK had to concede defeat.

Game 2

In the second game of their confrontation, SK once again adopted an aggressive strategy, seeming to learn from their previous defeat. With a more measured execution and strong initial control, they not only secured first blood and the first dragon, but also exerted constant pressure on the lanes. At 10 minutes into the game, this approach allowed them to gain a 1k gold lead, while avoiding the excessive risks that had cost them dearly in the first game. A turning point occurred at the 12th minute in a chaotic teamfight, which ultimately turned in favor of SK thanks to a remarkable performance from Irrelevant on Gnar. This confrontation not only strengthened their lead to nearly 3k gold, but also allowed SK to gain a significant advantage on the map.

Continuing their momentum, SK increased their pressure by securing a third dragon at the 17th minute, advancing cautiously to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. A decisive teamfight initiated by SK at the 21st minute, exploiting poor positioning by Perkz, resulted in a resounding victory, opening the way to the first Baron Nashor of the game. Armed with the buff, SK intensified their offensive, breaking through the doors of the Heretics’ base, who tried to defend. The tension reached its peak at the 30th minute, when SK made a major breakthrough in the Heretics’ base without however managing to finish the game. Finally, at the 38th minute, a final teamfight saw SK emerge victorious, allowing them to equalize in the series. By opting for controlled aggression and effectively exploiting opportunities, SK managed (without too much difficulty) to overcome the Heretics who did not necessarily do much in the game.

Game 3

In the third and final game of this series, SK tried to set the pace from the very beginning of the game, with Isma exerting considerable pressure in the enemy jungle. However, this aggressive strategy allowed the Heretics to take the first blood, leading to a tense early game. Despite this, SK continued to take the initiative, securing the first dragon and establishing good vision control, demonstrating their desire to dominate the map. At 10 minutes into the game, the gold differential remained minimal, with SK leading by less than 1k gold. The first major turning point occurred at the 14th minute in a teamfight around the dragon’s lair. Although the objective was secured by the Heretics, SK won the fight, also taking the first turret and increasing their lead to 3k gold.

The encounter took a decisive turn at the 18th minute in a teamfight initiated by the Heretics in the toplane. Mismanaged by the Heretics, SK dominated the confrontation, achieving an ACE and significantly extending their lead in gold. This victory allowed SK to take control of the Heretics’ jungle, marking a crucial moment in the evolution of the game. The fight for the Nashor at the 22nd minute was another key moment, with SK winning the teamfight and securing the objective. This gave them the opportunity to begin the siege of the enemy base, applying insurmountable pressure on the Heretics. The ultimate confrontation at the 29th minute was the culmination. SK Gaming sealed their victory in this game and, consequently, in this Bo3.

LEC Winter Split playoffs schedule

Saturday, February 3rd

  • Finished

    BDS

    Team Heretics

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

  • Finished

    G2 Esports

    GIANTX

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Sunday, February 4th

  • Finished

    SK Gaming

    Team Vitality

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

  • Finished

    MAD Lions KOI

    Fnatic

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Monday, February 5th

  • Finished

    BDS

    Team Vitality

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

  • Finished

    G2 Esports

    Fnatic

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Saturday, February 10th

  • Finished

    GIANTX

    MAD Lions KOI

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

  • Finished

    Team Heretics

    SK Gaming

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Sunday, February 11th

  • Finished

    G2 Esports

    BDS

    Playoffs

    Playoffs

Monday, February

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