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No more miracles for Schalke as MAD Lions qualify for Worlds

MAD Lions take down Schalke and stop their winning streak on 11-0 in a Best of Five series in the Week 2 of the LEC Summer 2020 Play Offs, thus taking the last European spot for Worlds 2020.

Roster for Schalke 04Roster for MAD Lions
Andrei „Odoamne” PascuAndrei „Orome” Popa
Erberk „Gilius” DemirZhiqiang „Shad0w” Zhao
Felix „Abbedagge” BraunMarek „Humanoid” Brázda
Matúš „Neon” JakubčíkMatyáš „Carzzy” Orság
Han „Dreams” Min-kookNorman „Kaiser” Kaiser
Schalke 04 and MAD Lions roster

Game 1

MAD Lions0:1FC Schalke 04 
Orome
Ornn
Odoamne
Renekton
Shad0w
Sett
Gilius
Sejuani
Humanoid
Akali
Abbedagge
Orianna
Carzzy
Jhin
Neon
Ashe
Kaiser
Nautilus
Dreams
Tahm Kench

The first match was initatied with two aggressive midlane actions, yet brought no kills for either team. First Blood was scored by Schalke 04 after a succesful teleport botlane from Odoamne. As Shad0w experienced his second death of the match, Schalke had open doors for the first drake. Some individual caugh-outs and a Herald used on botlane resulted in an over 2k gold lead for the team from Gelsenkirchen at the 15 minutes mark.

This advantage may have let Schalke’s guard down for they started to overextend in teamfights and let Humanoid’s Akali gain gold for herself only, what could foretell good for MAD Lions’ late game. However, after a great teamfight from Schalke, they could easily access the first and only Baron and wait for the best moment to finish off the game. A Cloud Soul was not needed, as Neon and Abbedagge dominated the teamfight before the drake has spawned – and this ace was what set Schalke for a quick end.

Game 2

MAD Lions1:0FC Schalke 04 
Orome
Mordekaiser
Odoamne
Camille
Shad0w
Lee Sin
Gilius
Skarner
Humanoid
Akali
Abbedagge
Orianna
Carzzy
Ashe
Neon
Senna
Kaiser
Nautilus
Dreams
Braum

The second game started a lot better for MAD Lions. Even though Shad0w lost his flash in an early action in the botlane, he managed to claim First Blood all the same. The first Herald fell into Schalke’s hands, but there was no room to feel secure, as MAD Lions finished their early game with a 3k gold lead, most of it laying in Carzzy’s pocket. A good comeback from Orome after falling behind Odoamne’s Camille and a fantastic Lee Sin performance from Shad0w foreshadowed MAD’s domination in teamfights.

During the mid game, MAD Lions didn’t even need all of their players involved in the events. A 4v5 action bot with Humanoid pushing the top wave highlighted their strength. All they needed to close out the game was a double kill for Shad0w in a teamfight toplane that set them up for the Baron and an Infernal Soul claimed in the few following minutes – and they were tied in the series.

Game 3

FC Schalke 04 0:1MAD Lions
Odoamne
Ornn
Orome
Gangplank
Gilius
Lee Sin
Shad0w
Lillia
Abbedagge
Azir
Humanoid
Orianna
Neon
Senna
Carzzy
Ashe
Dreams
Nautilus
Kaiser
Leona

Aggression is not a noun to describe game three with – instead, there was a slow but steady development of MAD Lions’ play around objectives and their gold advantage. Thanks to Shad0w’s exceptional Lilia, MAD Lions claimed a turret and a double kill for the jungler in the top lane. Even two shutdowns for Neon – on both carries in the form of Lilia and Ashe – were not helpful for Schalke.

The slow-paced early game absolutely repaid in the late game, as two huge teamfightes broke out before the Baron, eventually secured by MAD in the 25 minute. This lead to MAD Lions opening the botlane inhib, but didn’t bring the game to an end. Schalke desperately went on to stop their opponents from getting the Cloud Soul in a bloody brawl around the dragon’s den. Again, Shad0w was the one to carry most of the fight, as his prancing deer proved nearly impossible to kill; his teammates quickly rejoined the battle as well, aced Schalke and headed straight for the Nexus.

Game 4

FC Schalke 04 1:0MAD Lions
Odoamne
Kennen
Orome
Camille
Gilius
Lee Sin
Shad0w
Lillia
Abbedagge
Orianna
Humanoid
Akali
Neon
Ashe
Carzzy
Senna
Dreams
Tahm Kench
Kaiser
Nautilus

1-2 in a series meant that Schalke had to throw in everything they could offer to try and turn it around. After a sleepy few minutes on the Rift, the game quickly turned into a chaotic fiesta of random dives on botlane and toplane. MAD Lions managed to walk out victorious out of them, scoring 7 kills compared to Schalke’s 5. Schalke, on the other hand, was ahead in objectives, having 2 drakes and two Heralds on their account.

Great mid-game disposition from Odoamne let Schalke hope for a turnaround. At 20 minutes, a huge teamfight that broke out in the toplane finished with an ace for MAD Lions and prepared them the field for a Baron. MAD then moved on to focus on controlling the map and took their chance twice – in a teamfight before the possible Mountain Soul dragon for Schalke spawned and after it did, swiping Schalke off the rift both times. From this moment on, their road to Schalke’s base and another round of play-offs was open.

The history comes to an end

On one hand, Schalke lost the opportunity to bring their fantastic demeanour to an international stage. Although they got defeated today, they will be remembered as the heroes of one of the best comebacks in the history of LEC. Nonetheless, it is the time to shine for our European rookies, as they join G2, Fnatic and Rogue in a trip to China.

MAD vs Schalke fight is only a beginning of what might become an epic weekend of competition in the LEC. Tune in tomorrow to watch Europe’s greatest rivalry as G2 face Fnatic in a duel for the final. Sunday will be a time for Rogue as they will take on MAD Lions to try and continue their march for the Summer title.

All information and photo thanks to LoL Esports.

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