Splyce kicked off Saturday's European League of Legends Championship Series action with a hard fought win over ROCCAT in Berlin.
Welcome to Patch 8.4, where games are almost single handedly decided by Baron. While ROCCAT (6-8) drafted a siege composition to take advantage of the new siege-centric meta, jungler Jonas "Memento" Elmarghichi took Camille as an AD bruiser jungler, which might have hurt ROCCAT's late game. Sure, Camille is a strong late game champion with her ability to deal massive true damage with her Precision Protocol and lock up high priority targets with her Hextech Ultimatum, but she's not an effective engage tank, which is required to break up the ridiculously strong siege potential of Baron buffed compositions. Memento did a good job keeping ROCCAT in the game with a Baron steal at 27 minutes, but this game would go the distance, and ROCCAT simply couldn't keep up.
Not to be outdone by his ROCCAT counterpart, Splyce (8-6) jungler Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir picked up two Baron steals as Zac at 34 and 43 minutes, respectively. Despite the gold lead remaining even throughout the majority of the game, Splyce's superior teamfighting composition ensured it had full control of when fights started, though things got scrappy near the end of the game. Splyce sometimes struggled to capitalize on its Baron buffs, running into a wall once it was tasked with breaking ROCCAT's base open while ROCCAT AD carry Martin "HeaQ" Kordmaa's Caitlyn was alive, but it prevailed in the end, catching ROCCAT outside of its base after taking an Elder Dragon and wiping its opposition out before finishing the game, continuing to climb the EU LCS standings towards a playoff spot.
Splyce now prepares to take on Misfits at 2 p.m ET on Friday, while ROCCAT will go back to the drawing board before facing the top-ranked Fnatic at 4 p.m ET the same day.