LEC is entering the final stage of the summer split, with just two weeks left before playoffs. Let’s see how the teams have done so far and what we can expect going forward. Who do you think will proceed to playoffs? Who’s going to win the summer split? Write it down in the comments.



1. MAD Lions

This team is continuing to surprise us after their excellent performance in the spring split. They have a very clear idea of how they want to win games, which is what we define as identity. Paired with very strong individual players, like Marek “Humanoid” Brázda and Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser, MAD Lions are able to execute their plans accordingly, taking full advantage of their win conditions.

MAD Lions’ squad. All images are courtesy of Riot Games

 

In addition, they are constantly trying to become more creative and find new ways to get ahead of the competition. The team will be a big contender for playoffs and the goal of reaching Worlds is certainly possible for such a stacked roster.

2. Rogue

Rogue is the team who stepped up the most from spring split. They have improved both as a team and individually. Players like Kacper “Inspired” Słoma and Emil “Larssen” Larsson are in discussion for the top 3 in their respective roles and their whole roster is very solid. Despite having MAD’s same record, their occasional weird decision making puts them slightly below the Lions.

RGE Inspired

Nonetheless, the addition of another competitor for playoffs makes the run even more exciting. We’ll have to see what RGE has to show in the last weeks and if they can surprise us, once again.

3. Fnatic

After a disastrous first half of split, Fnatic is finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. They are slowly finding their groove and individual players like Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek are performing better thanks to better drafting and easier ceiling of execution. FNC’s drafts are so out of the box that they demand high levels of execution in order to work well. This is why the team can have really high-highs but also very low-lows. ( loss against S04 )



Another interesting quirk of FNC is that they give Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek a lot of agency throughout the game, giving him carry junglers. This, however, is a double-edged sword. If he does end up getting early leads, he can really make a big impact. On the other hand, he might become a liability for his team.

FNC Rekkles & FNC Hylissang

4.G2 Esports

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Or did the others rise? We think that it’s certainly both. G2 is not last year’s team anymore. Not as in roster but how they play. The team’s drafts are something they can work on to improve. The underlying problem is that G2 makes weird decisions in terms of execution. They sometimes even go against what they’re supposed to do based on their drafts. The high reliance on mechanical outplay is not working anymore and they should try to play with more composure.


G2’s squad

I have put G2 4th because we think that they might be taking it very easily, in order to not repeat last year’s burnout problems. Everyone knows their highs were the best in the whole LEC history and that we need a team like G2 as a European representative at Worlds.

5. SK Gaming

SK’s performance has also been a big surprise, currently 4th in the standings. Juš “Crownshot” Marušič is still a very strong ADC and Janik “Jenax” Bartels is becoming a very important factor for SK’s gameplan. They are probably the dark horse for the playoff run: their win against MAD Lions might be crucial to reach playoffs.



SK Crownshot

However, the worrying key factor is that SK has already played the bottom-tier teams and it has to face all the other playoff contenders in the next weeks. We’ll have to see whether they can pull out more victories and earn that playoff spot.

6. Origen

Origen had such a terrible week 6 performance, losing to both Vitality and Fnatic. Their execution was really questionable, especially in certain moments.

However, their draft and ideas aren’t that bad and suit this meta. They mainly focus on scaling, playing for teamfights, in a very textbook & conservative manner. They excel at executing these team comps and they hardly move away from that. Barney “Alphari” Morris, in isolation, is arguably the best player of this roster and among all top laners in LEC.

OG Alphari

Having said that, the team looks shaky on other positions. Nukeduck has not been performing greatly or as good as his prime and the recent addition of Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński raises some questions. He will be an important key for playoffs: it will make or break the team.

7. XL Esports

Excel Esports is another team to watch out for playoffs. The middle field is really packed and XL has the advantage of having the head to head over Vitality and SK Gaming. Their bot lane has been convincing and playing around Patrik “Patrik” Jírů seems to be working for them.

XL Patrik

Will they make playoffs? Let us know in the comments.

Misfits have shown big weaknesses in their late-game teamfighting and their decision-making in the later stages of the game. Many games that they should’ve won were thrown for these exact reasons.

Misfits’ team

On the other hand, they usually play a pretty good early-game and pushing their leads. The win against MAD is a perfect example.

Nevertheless, their recent performance has been very shaky, which is why I don’t think they will make playoffs.

9. Vitality

The roster changes done between splits have helped Vitality but probably not enough to make a name for themselves. The addition Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos & Labros “Labrov” Papoutsakis didn’t totally change the team and we don’t think that Vitality will make playoffs. Their execution is not as good as other teams and individually, there’s no standout player.

Top laner VIT Cabochard

10. Schalke 04

Schalke is such a really weird team. Winning for the first time in the split after going 0-8 to now beating both FNC and G2. Erberk “Gilius” Demir, returning once again in the LEC, has had good performances, helping the team, especially in the early game.

S04 Gillius

This team will definitely destroy other teams’ playoff dreams and the whole “free-win” team isn’t that much of a free-win anymore.

Technically, S04 can still make playoffs. Will they surprise us and make one of the most exciting miracle runs?  In order to find out, head over to the LEC Official Broadcast.