The best region in the world will soon dial down the troll-picking shenanigans to shift gears as top teams make their last stand in the playoff race in week nine. Splyce find themselves in the hot seat, since a victory over Fnatic could secure them second place, and a recent declaration from Luka "Perkz" Perković promises an entertaining set of games from G2 Esports.
LEC fans have been on the Splyce hype-train all split. While the snakes are no strangers to slithering under the radar in the top four, they've been a consistent top three team in the Summer Split. This weekend, they have the chance at a playoff bye if they beat Fnatic.
Logically speaking, we can expect this match to be one of the most serious games of summer. Proceeding with the knowledge that Fnatic just played Garen/Yuumi bot lane last weekend, however, who knows what either squad is actually preparing to do.
The winner here will guarantee an appearance in Athens and favorable playoff seeding, but it's also a chance for two MVP-level junglers to flex one last time before wrapping up the regular season.
Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir and Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen are having career-defining splits and have demonstrated insane performances at times. Their ability to facilitate a win for their respective teams for top two could turn the tides for All-Pro Team rankings.
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It all started with the worst tweet of Perkz's life.
After throwing his team's game record, and his own sanity, on the line in a bet that he lost in mere hours, Perkz and his teammate Rasmus "Caps" Winther (and Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski, too?) are participating in a 24-hr stream that will end before their game against Schalke 04 on Friday August 16.
This certainly takes G2's limit-testing escapades to an entirely different level. The degeneracy of their infamous Garen and Soraka top lane picks pales in comparison to their greatest grief of all time: self-exhaustion.
Who knows how much of an effect the fatigue will truly have on their gameplay, but fans will definitely be in for a show one way or another, especially since they're seated comfortably in first place.
The LEC returns Friday August 16. Splyce play Fnatic at 11 a.m. PDT and G2 play Schalke 04 at 1 p.m. PDT.