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Rogue pulled off a dominating 3-1 win over G2 Esports in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) 2021 Spring Split Semifinals, punching their ticket to face MAD Lions in the Grand Finals on April 11. With this win, G2’s streak of five consecutive LEC titles will come to an end, and for the first time since 2014, a team other than G2 or Fnatic will take the throne in Europe.
A clean win
A masterful performance from sophomore jungler Kacper “Inspired” Słoma headlined the match. While Rogue dropped the first game of the series, the team started with a commanding early lead, with Inspired and Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu securing three kills on Martin “Wunder” Hansen before 15 minutes. Rogue then doubled down on their early aggression for the rest of the series.
Game 2 began with Rogue securing another first blood in top lane, but G2’s global comp controlled the map for the majority of the game. The balance shifted when one sloppy drake steal from G2 ended with Rogue making quick work of their mispositioned members in the ensuing teamfight. From there, Rogue ran away with the game and closed out swiftly with a bot lane push.
G2 Esports were unable to recover in the third and fourth games and couldn’t keep up with Rogue’s playmaking as a team, particularly in terms of map movement and teamfighting. Caps secured first blood on his signature Sylas pick, giving G2 fans a glimmer of hope, but G2 were unsuccessful in transferring their leads into mid-game advantages. Rogue held a threatening defense as G2 went for riskier plays out of desperation and eventually had too much zone control for G2 to safely win out in five-on-five scenarios.
This final will mark Rogue’s first-ever finals appearance and Odoamne’s first finals in the entirety of his seven-year career.
The end of an era for G2 spells a new chapter for Rogue
With this historic win, the stage is set for the grand finals between league newcomers MAD Lions and Rogue. The winner will add their name to the ranks of Fnatic, G2 and Alliance, the only three teams to ever win a championship in Europe. The winner will advance to the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in Reykjavík, Iceland and have a chance at international redemption from their early exits at the 2020 World Championship.
Ahead of the Finals, Odoamne is feeling confident about Rogue’s matchup against MAD.
“I’m excited to clap MAD Lions tomorrow,” he said in the post-game interview. “Two years ago, I wasn’t good enough to stay on the team and they kicked me, so now I get to kick them down.”
The LEC 2021 Spring Split Finals kick off Sunday, April 11, at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
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