The opening week of the LEC went exactly as everyone expected. Fnatic dominated, took down both SK Gaming and Misfits, and moved straight to the top spot (F is ahead of G alphabetically). The top of the standings is exactly where we all know Fnatic belongs and there’s a chance we’ll have it alone with our next two games this week.

But just who exactly are the chumps who think they can stand in our way? Every week on Red Side we will be taking a look at our LEC opponents to get you excited for the next set of games.

Origen: The Clone Wars

Origen, aka Fnatic Black (or perhaps now Fnatic Blue), have changed a lot over the years, but will always be our younger brother. With their founder, Enrique xPeke Martinez they may have all the sex appeal, but his trophy cabinet is still very black and orange. With the same blood running through their veins, we’re very aware that Origen are fierce competitors. We haven't forgotten what happened in Rotterdam last split and we've been waiting these last few months for a chance at revenge.

It won't matter if Patrik "Patrik" Jírů pops off on Ezreal like he did against G2 last week. It won't matter what champion Erland "Nukeduck" Våtevik Holm fishes out of his champion ocean. It won't even matter if Origen bring motivation, work, improvement or team - we will take down their Nexus through any means necessary and take another step towards the LEC trophy. What time does Origen lose? 20:00 CEST on Friday June 14th.

Schalke: It's about to kick off

Now, for a team that hasn't managed to beat us on the big stage. Schalke put up a valiant fight in their 3-1 loss to us in last season's Summer Split finals and had to watch from home as Fnatic took the World Championships by storm.

In the last five years, that final was the closest Schalke as an organisation have been to a trophy and we’re going to do what we can to keep it that way. At least there are only 10 teams in the LEC, so the League of Legends squad is guaranteed a better finish than their football team managed in the Bundesliga this year.

All eyes will be on the bot-lane during this match with the battle of the ADCs. Elias "Upset" Lipp is an extremely talented player, even Martin "Rekkles" Larsson will tell you that. Still, the Swede is going to smash this game so hard, Riot will have release another EUphoria episode with all new player rankings.

The mid-lane should also be an exciting watch as Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek and Felix "Abbedagge" Braun face off. Both players began their professional careers last split as there's little doubt as to who's had the better showing so far. Is Abbedagge going to feed at the hands of Fnatic this week? Yes.


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