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The League of Legends European Championship summer split Week 3 finished with huge wins and big storylines. After a 0-2 week, G2 fall to fourth place and find themselves in a three-way tie with MAD Lions and Vitality. Meanwhile, BDS and SK retain their positions at the bottom of the table with only one win in six games played.
With the LEC resuming on July 15 after a one-week break, here are the best talking points from the third week.
No more Sad Lions in LEC Week 3 for MAD
The 2022 spring split was a collection of bad memories for the MAD Lions team. After winning both LEC titles in the spring and summer of 2021, they failed to qualify for the 2022 spring split playoffs. The introduction of mid laner Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer has certainly added new life to MAD as they’ve shown flashes of the glad Lions era.
They’ve already taken games off Fnatic and G2 and looked dominant while doing so. The only obstacle MAD Lions seem to face now is blowing leads and overextending in games. Their losses against Rogue and Misfits showcased these problems as they struggled to stay in control after amassing huge early game advantages.
Rogue is back on top of LEC Week 3’s summer standings
Another split in the LEC rolls around, and Rogue still finds themselves in the race for the top position in the regular standings. While they’re yet to translate their regular split consistency into a playoffs final win, the consistency must be celebrated. Rogue kicked off the LEC summer split with a tough schedule against G2, MAD Lions and Fnatic and got just one win from those games. However, they’ve quickly climbed their way back to the top of the table with a four-game win streak.
Furthermore, G2’s Sergen “BrokenBlade” Çelik was quick to name them in his top three during the LEC PGL show even though they were lower in the standings last week.
“Rogue is always a team that at some point they will always just start winning and if they win, they will keep on winning, BrokenBlade said. And right now I think their pace of winning started .”
Late game Misfits activated
This may be an overreaction, as it’s still Week 3 of the LEC summer split, but there’s really no in-between for Misfits. With this team, it’s always high or low and they thrive off momentum. This showed in their spring split performance where they often found late-game comebacks off the back of heroics from Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié. However, the late game looks much different as all members of the team are stepping up. Their game against MAD Lions looked lost from the 12th minute but Misfits activated their late-game clause in a top lane team fight and brought it back.
While Misfits still have lots of work to do, they’ve managed to separate themselves from the two bottom teams in the standings and create a top eight narrative for the race to playoffs.
Jimoh Rashidat is a freelance esports writer with over two years of experience. She covers FIFA, League of Legends and general gaming content.