The League of Legends eSports world is always full of surprises. We’ve seen some of the fan-favorite teams pull-off amazing plays in each match, and we’ve also seen seemingly losing teams make impressive comebacks and get the win. The most exciting thing about LoL events is that they are unpredictable, and everything can change in just a few seconds with the right strategies.
One of the most popular LoL events throughout the year is the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), in which the best teams from all the European regions compete to see which one qualifies for the League of Legends World Championship. The annual LEC has seen interesting matches, plays, and winning streaks throughout its history. In this article, we are going to go through the amazing win streak of FC Schalke 04 in the LEC Summer Playoffs.
Schalke’s Poor Performance
Things weren’t looking good for the team when they came off the spring split. When they came in the summer split, they ran things off with many defeats, which earned them a place at the bottom place. The team’s lousy coordination and decisions were punishing them with even the weaker opponents, which was a problem if they wanted to thrive at the end of the summer split.
Four weeks later, Schalke achieved their first win against a Fnatic team, which was also showing signs of incoordination. However, this wasn’t enough to pull them out from the bottom.
Aside from improved consistency over later games, things for Schalke changed when they introduced the player Erberk “Gilius” Demir as the team’s new jungler. People still doubted if that kind of change would turn things around since Gilius didn’t have a great performance either.
However, when Gilius got adjusted to the team’s strategies, everything went as smooth as butter. Suddenly, Gilius’ amazing jungler plays helped the team to start earning win after win. After this, analysts concluded that Schalke could make a “miracle run” to the playoffs, with a slim 4.16% chance of getting there.
The “Miracle” Run
Schalke still depended on the other teams’ performance to guarantee a place in the playoffs, but they still gave it their best on each match. At the end of the split, Schalke went from a 1-10 losing streak to an outstanding 8-10 and a spot in the playoffs, thereby achieving the miracle run. The team’s decisions and strategies helped them go over the remaining weeks of the split without losing a single match, which is a fantastic comeback in this type of event.
In the end, Schalke ended up in sixth place of the LEC Summer Split, allowing them to compete in the 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs.
While Schalke made a tremendous effort to turn things around, they couldn’t gain a spot for the 2020 LoL World Championship. The team barely lost their spot to MAD Lions, who got the fourth seed for the championship.
Regardless of the final results, Schalke’s amazing comeback from their losing streak is something to recognize and remember. It shows us that you can always make a remarkable comeback if you improve your strategies and playstyle regardless of the circumstances.