MAD Lions climbed to the top of the table after going undefeated this weekend, tying Rogue for first step after their rivals slipped against an on-point G2 Esports.
The second half of the LEC summer season is now here! As the teams start the second round robin for seeing in the playoffs, Rogue are once more in first place with a 7-game winning streak that started way back in week 1, while the MAD Lions have shaken the cobwebs and come in second place with a 6-3 record. Behind them, six teams wrestle with a 5-4 or 4-5 record. With the rematches starting from this week on, every victory counts!
MAD Defeat Vitality on Friday
SK Gaming started the weekend with a confident victory against Team BDS. The German Squad got a lead from the early game and never dropped the ball on their way to victory. Excel Esports and Misfits Gaming followed this up with a bloody early game. Eventually, Excel got a series of kills in the mid-game and took the lead, eventually ending the game after a clean ace 33 minutes in.
In the next match, MAD Lions went on a rampage against Team Vitality. William "UNF0RGIVEN" Nieminen’s Draven was monstrously fed and with some S-tier hooks from his Nautilus support, MAD won fight after fight for a hilariously one-sided fight game.
G2 Esports, meanwhile, had to sweat as they faced Astralis. The spring champions had a good start but fell behind in the mid-game. Several clutch flanks by Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik turned secured key fights that kept G2 in the fight, however, and eventually they stole the win with a cheeky backdoor.
The final game of the day was a showdown between Rogue and Fnatic and the two teams battled for over 45 minutes. Fnatic looked stronger in the mid-game, but a clutch Baron steal 29 minutes in by Kim "Malrang" Geun-seong delayed the game enough for his team to outscale their opponents and win with smart teamfighting.
Fnatic's Woes Continue with Loss to G2
Team BDS had a good start in Saturday's opening game and got several early kills against Astralis, only to lose control of the game after a key teamfight gave Astralis four kills and the Baron. A single kill on the BDS top laner was the beginning of the end as Astralis broke two inhibitors and then routed BDS to win the game. In the next game, SK Gaming got several early kills against MAD Lions, but it was not enough - the 2021 champions evened out the game and controlled the dragons. The mid-game slowly shifted in MAD's favor and eventually, with cloud soul and Baron, they pushed to end.
In game three, Misfits Gaming had a lot of early pressure against Team Vitality, but slipped behind after the first 10 minutes. They could find no way to get to Vitality's backline in the face of Luka "Perkz" Perković increasingly fed Taliyah as Vitality strangled them on the map and took the win.
Rogue and G2 Esports went very even in the early game, but a single kill on the enemy Kalista let the spring champions go for an early Baron, where Victor "Flakked" Lirola Tortosa’s quick repositioning ended in an ace and the Baron for his team. Rogue tried to fight back, but it was never enough to turn the game around and eventually, G2 got another Baron and Elder before winning the game.
Excel Esports closed out the evening with an emphatic win over Fnatic. The UK team scored several early kills and what looked like Fnatic getting back in the game 19 minutes in resulted in a 2-3 as they chased too far for kills. Fnatic looked increasingly disjointed on the way to their fourth consecutive defeat and a 5-6 record.
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European pro LoL continues next week with a match between SK Gaming and Astralis. In the meantime, make sure you follow our coverage for more news and analysis!