After coming close several times, Rogue have finally won their first LEC title with a 3-0 win over G2 Esports. Rogue lost the spring finals to G2 and many feared the same will happen again. However, Rogue were able to overcome their demons with a dominant display in Malmö to win the LEC finals. With this, Rogue become the fourth team to win an LEC title, joining the likes of G2, Fnatic and MAD Lions.
“It took a while, a lot of 3-0s but it’s our time to get a stomp,” Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu said in the post-game interview . “It’s absolutely surreal. After everything that happened last year, even in spring when we got stomped, I was always dreaming of winning the finals. But now after so much trying I can finally say I am the champ. I could not have asked for better teammates than I have today.”
LEC history made in Sweden for Rogue
Rogue came into the LEC final weekend as the underdogs. Their Playoffs performance so far had not been convincing; they fell to the lower brackets after a 3-0 loss against G2. Rogue had to beat an inform Fnatic to guarantee another rematch against G2. They also had four players that were yet to play in front of a packed LEC crowd before. Moreover, before today, G2’s Rasmus “caPs” Winther had never lost an LEC finals.
Rogue set the tempo for the series with a dominant display in Game 1. Their bot lane combination of Soraka and Kalista proved too much for G2 to handle. Moreover, Emil “Larssen” Larsson proved that he had more champions to show on the biggest stage with his incredible LeBlanc performance. Rogue wrapped up Game 1 with a pentakill finish for Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos on Kalista. With the pentakill, Comp became the second player ever to get one in the LEC finals after Martin “Rekkles” Erik Larsson.
Game 2 was more of the same as Rogue controlled the early to mid-game. However, they almost gave G2 a way back in after an overextension from a baron push in mid lane. Rogue quickly recovered from the blunder and closed out the second game.
The third game was a bit different as G2’s mid-jungle duo got off to a great start. Moroever, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski made it difficult for Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong in the jungle. However, this dominance did not last long as Malrang got his first kill on Jankos and accelerated the game for his team. G2 struggled to come out on top in team fights even though they had the Zeri and Soraka bot lane. Rogue marched down the mid lane in the 27th minute and decided to end the game without waiting for the dragon soul.
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Rogue will head to Worlds as the first seed of the LEC for the first time ever in their history. Additionally, both G2 and Rogue will start Worlds 2022 in the group stage.
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