Splyce sweeps winless Team Vitality

Members of Splyce congratulate each other after sweeping Team Vitality on Friday in the EU LCS. Riot Games

Week 2, Day 2 of the European League Championship Series kicked off with Splyce finding a quick 2-0 sweep over Team Vitality on Friday in Berlin.

The draft phase saw Splyce (1-1, 2-2 match record) focus on finding picks highlighted by support Mihael "Mikyx" Mehle opting for Thresh, while Team Vitality (0-2, 0-4 match record) drafted with a teamfighting focus. Vitality jungler Charly "Djoko" Guillard's Kha'Zix continued his 100 percent first blood rate from the 2017 Spring Split, picking up the first kill around the 3-minute mark. Splyce didn't let this early deficit affect it, however, as the team took down Rift Herald and pushed lanes to gain an advantage. Through smart counter plays and better map pressure, Splyce was able to mount a 4,000-gold lead by the mid game. Vitality managed to turn the game around after rushing Baron and using its newfound buff to knock down three towers with little resistance, but its lead didn't grow larger than 2,500 gold due to excellent teamfighting by Splyce. Despite the lack of teamfighting success, Vitality opted to initiate an aggressive teamfight that predictably backfired due to not protecting AD carry Pierre "Steelback" Medjaldi's Kalista. Instead, it was Splyce who would regain the advantage after a 4-for-1 teamfight victory, and the team was able to quickly end the game.

Game 2 was a lot of the same from both teams in the draft phase, and yet another first blood was secured by Djoko's Graves. As a result, Vitality pressed lanes aided by the jungle pressure of Djoko. It all went spiraling out of control soon after, as Djoko promptly fed five kills in a row to Splyce, giving way to a Splyce led. After Djojo's fall from prominence, Splyce jungler Jonas "Trashy" Andersen's Lee Sin started and killed Rift Herald, creating more map pressure for his team. With its overwhelming lane pressure, Splyce was able to completely negate the early game advantage Vitality had. A 24-minute Baron kill allowed Splyce to take complete control of the game and destroy the Vitality base. Taking turns dying, Vitality turned to hiding in its fountain as Splyce moved to complete the 2-0 sweep.

Splyce will return to the Rift on Sunday against Mysterious Monkeys at noon ET, while Team Vitality will return to play against Mysterious Monkeys on Thursday at noon.