With 30 summer split games now in the books, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) standings are starting to indicate who the best teams in Europe are. Although the first-round robin won’t conclude until week four, the top six teams have separated themselves from the rest of the pack and given viewers a good idea of which matchups will be competitive.
Before we get into the best storylines from this weekend, let’s take a look at the standings in the aftermath of this week’s matches.
LEC Week 3
4. G2 Esports
– MAD Lions
– Team Vitality
– Misfits Gaming
9. SK Gaming
– Team BDS
While the reigning LEC champions are still considered the best team in Europe, this week was certainly going to be their biggest test this split. How well did they do? Well, despite what their 12-0 run through the lower bracket of the LEC spring playoffs might indicate, this week has shown that the champs can bleed. With matches against a hot MAD Lions squad looking to return to their 2021 championship form and an elite Fnatic lineup destined for greatness, G2 has proven themselves to be mortal.
Going 0-2 this weekend, G2 was handed their first lost by MAD Lions. While MAD won the LEC Championship in 2021, their roster fell apart after Humanoid departed for Fnatic and Carzzy for Team Vitality. Their spring split record left them at a 9-9, and largely disappointed with their mid lane acquisition of Reeker from the academy scene. With Humanoid now playing for Fnatic, Fnatic’s former starting mid laner, Nisqy, became a free agent, and was quickly snatched up by MAD to replace Reeker for the summer split.
To say that this was the best move for the MAD Lions would be an understatement. Nisqy has dramatically transformed this former middle-of-the-pack team to an elite contender. While he wasn’t the star in their matchups this weekend—that title belongs to UNF0RGIVEN—his influence has noticeably improved the MAD Lions’ performance.
Speaking of Fnatic, they were next up to serve G2 Esports a defeat this weekend. Referred to as one of the most talented lineups the LEC has ever seen, Fnatic’s 2022 roster has some of the biggest names in the LEC. Alongside those names, however, comes heavy expectations. With Head Coach YamatoCannon stating in multiple interviews that ending the split without a championship would be a “failure” for the talented roster, Fnatic fans were left disappointed with Fnatic’s early exit in the LEC spring playoffs at the hands of the then ascending G2 superteam.
While the team still struggles in amounting to the sum of their parts, they were able to do something this weekend that they failed to do in spring: beat in-form G2 Esports. In a much more dominant showing than MAD Lions’ back-and-forth win, Fnatic decimated the reigning champions. With a final kill tally of 16-2 and a gold lead peaking at nearly 10,000, Fnatic shredded G2 in just over 33 minutes.
Rogue to Recovery
While one of the best teams in the LEC faltered this weekend, another returned to a more recognizable and victorious form. After starting their first two weeks of summer with losses to Fnatic, G2, and almost MAD Lions, fans thought that the spring finalists were fading out. Fortunately for Rogue fans, the best team in the spring regular season standings looked much better this weekend. After falling to as low as seventh place in the first week, Rogue have improved their record to 5-2 and extended their winning streak to five. Although their second victory was against SK Gaming, a team currently tied for last place, their opening win against Excel was the much-needed proof Rogue needed to demonstrate they are still one of the best in the LEC.
While the game was close, a victory over Excel this split is an incredible feat that now only Rogue and G2 have managed. Despite losing to Fnatic and MAD Lions, Rogue were able to defeat the current first place team in Excel, something neither Fnatic or MAD Lions came close to doing. This victory, while important for Rogue’s morale, was more important in maintaining the competitiveness of the top six LEC teams: as only three of them can earn a spot at Worlds via the summer playoffs.
With Rogue returning to form and G2 falling in line with the other top teams in Europe, the LEC is really starting to heat up. Although rivalries, narratives, and hype are starting to take off, I should remind you that there will be no LEC next weekend (July 8th-9th). Riot is mandating a break for all of their competitive leagues to give their professional players much needed rest and prevent burnout and fatigue. To see where your favorite team lines up against the best Europe has to offer, be sure you don’t miss when the LEC returns at 12:00pm EST on July 15th.
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