H2k Gaming starts summer on the right foot in sweep over Splyce

Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski and H2k sailed to victory against Splyce. Provided by Riot Games

The 2017 European League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split kicked off Thursday as H2k Gaming made quick work of Splyce, securing a decisive 2-0 sweep to begin Week 1, Day 1 in Berlin.

Game 1 of the series started with H2k jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski's Graves getting punished by Splyce (0-1, 0-2 match record) for first blood during risky counter-jungling. Splyce's team composition excelled in short skirmishes, which Splyce continuously forced to mount a solid gold lead. H2k (1-0, 2-0 match record) struck back at the 22-minute mark with a five-man play in the bot lane, netting H2k two kills and some much-needed tempo. After that, H2k chipped away at Splyce's gold lead, pulling ahead after a Baron kill and a 3-for-1 teamfight. With its oppressive map control around 38 minutes, H2k took down the Elder Dragon and a second Baron, giving H2k the power it needed to storm into Splyce's base and go up 1-0 in the series.

H2k rode its momentum from the first game into Game 2, firing on all cylinders from the opening minute. H2k top laner Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu's Fiora led the way for H2k in the first 15 minutes of the game, picking up kills against a surprise Akali pick from Splyce top laner Martin "Wunder" Hansen and eventually finishing with an 8/2/2 KDA (kills/deaths/assists). Splyce looked lost throughout the match, losing skirmishes, objective trades, and all-out teamfights across the map. By the 20-minute mark, H2k's standard splitpushing composition had earned a lead of 12,000 gold, 15 kills, and eight towers. A 23-minute Baron kill was merely the icing on the cake as it pushed through the bottom lane to wipe Splyce off the map and complete the 2-0 sweep in a blistering 24 minutes.

H2k will finish out the Week 1 against newcomers Mysterious Monkeys on Sunday at 12 p.m ET, while Splyce will next return to the Rift next week to take on Team Vitality on Friday, June 9 at 12 p.m ET.