Team of the Week: G2 Esports
After a hard return to reality in the LEC, G2 Esports (4th, 6th, 5th) finally tasted victory this weekend by thwarting a series of four defeats in a row. Rasmus “Caps” Winther’s team first brought down Astralis (7th, 5v., 6d.) in a moderately convincing game, won after half-hearted exchanges and a back door spectacular. He then performed a long-awaited surge by interrupting the Rogue’s eight-game winning streak (1st, 8v., 3d.) yet largely favorite this Saturday.
The two teams fought each other in a game of great strategic precision. Despite taking a slight advantage early in the game, Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu’s side couldn’t break through G2 Esports’ defenses in time to exploit the potential of their strategy. On a final acceleration, the teammates of the botlaner Victor “Flakked” Tortosa allowed him to obliterate Rogue players on his endgame Aphelios and win.
This second victory put G2 Esports back in good shape for the race for the play-offs, while Rogue lost the exclusivity of its first place, now tied with MAD Lions (1st, 8v., 3d.). Admittedly, this is far from undermining his chances of qualification, but the more distant – and much more important – objective of gaining direct access to the world is moving away, although still achievable. Indeed, this first place will ensure him the golden ticket thanks to his good performances in the spring.
Player of the Week: Finn “Finn” Wiestal
Surprise of the summer segment, Excel (3rd, 7v., 4d.) continued their historic rise in the LEC this weekend. The team is playing to their strengths and executing game plans that manage to knock the top teams down, and that trend was once again confirmed with two wins against Misfits Gaming (6th, 5v., 6d.) and Fnatic (6th, 5v., 6d), strongly disconcerted after four defeats.
For Finn, his toplane, this segment has a redeeming effect. After a dazzling 2020 season under the colors of Rogue that culminated in a participation in the worlds, he disappointed in the North American Championship (LCS) the following year (penultimate in the spring, then last in the summer at CLG). And at Excel, he returns to the highest level integrated into this collective – but he also shines individually in his position. This week, he performed two successful performances on Gangplank, champion who returns in the new update of League of Legendsproving that he still has his place at the top of Europe.
Game of the Week: MAD Lions – SK Gaming
No weakness in this mid-segment for MAD Lions and SK Gaming. Before their clash on Saturday, the two teams were on a series of three victories each. And against the Lions, clearly favorites, SK fought fire with fire with an explosive start to the game, a style in which his opponent excels.
He knew how to shake him up in an entertaining match, but relying on his collective, MAD Lions prevailed and ended his week of competition with two victories. These have propelled him to the top of the ranking, which he now shares with Rogue. On the other hand, while SK Gaming are in ninth place and end their week with a win and a loss, they have shown flashes that give hope for a comeback in their next matches – if their players maintain their current level of confidence.
French club Team Vitality (4th, 6th, 5th) is still struggling to find its rhythm in the summer. Nonetheless, he provided reassurance this week by executing solid game plans. It didn’t hit home against the explosive aggressiveness of MAD Lions, but the next day Luka “Perkz” Perkovic’s side finally broke away from the fray with a valuable win over Misfits Gaming, sending the Rabbits into middle of the table.
The latter are now in perfect equality with Fnatic and Astralis (6th, 5v., 6d.). But where the first two worry by their irregularities and shaky collectives, the Danish club Astralis showed some flashes against G2 Esports and Team BDS (10th, 1v., 10d.). Even if it does not conclude a completely satisfactory week, the collective seems to have found its strengths on which to build in the future.