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The League European Championship (LEC) continues their Summer Split with a bunch of teams being tied in the standings, so there is still a lot to be decided. Luckily, we have a few more weeks to see the exact power rankings. But for now, let’s go over the teams.

Kings of the Rift

So far, G2 Esports and Fnatic remain at the top of it all, having a 4-0 record. They’re constantly murdering everything in their path and have a strong performance all around. If they keep on this track, they’ll most likely remain as the two teams that face off against each other in the Finals at the end of the split.

Fnatic’s game against Origen was one to really watch. These teams have a feud against one another and they really gave it all when faced off against one another. But this game only has one winner per match, and that was Fnatic. Still, Origen could topple Fnatic in the coming weeks, as they have a strong performance in total.

G2 Esports themselves couldn’t find an opponent that would upset them, even in the slightest. Granted, they have yet to play the other team at the first place slot, but it doesn’t look exactly grim for them. If anything, Fnatic will have to try their absolute hardest to beat G2. If it does boil down to these two teams, then it will be an extremely explosive match to watch for sure.


The Middle

Now, there are a lot of teams that are in the middle of the pack, each team being 2-2. SK Gaming, Origen, Rogue, Misfits, Schalke 04, and Splyce all placed third, right below Fnatic and G2 Esports. Unsurprisingly (or surprisingly, if you are like statistics), they are all teams that went 1-1 last week.

In fact, all the teams that went 2-0, 1-1, or 0-2 remained that way during this week. The strongest third place team is most likely Origen, as they almost toppled Fnatic single-handedly. Rogue performed much better in the Spring Split than they did this split, but this is only the second week, so it’s best to give them the benefit of the doubt. Misfits and Splyce played fairly decently, the former defeating Rogue and almost clinging on before being overrun by Fnatic.


Bottom of the Sea

And now comes the teams that are placed in last place, Excel Esports and Team Vitality, both seemingly wanting to press the reset button on the entire split. They were torn apart by their competitors. Excel especially, as they look like a lost puppy on the Rift with no real sense of direction. With their game against Rogue, they started strong, having a 1.1k gold lead by 14 minutes before being completely blown out of the water later on.

An interesting roster change for team Excel Esports was the inclusion of Son “Mickey” Young-min, their new mid laner. This inclusion is interesting because of his lack of professionalism during his career in the NA region. His toxic behavior on Golden Guardians and his lack of care for the split after he just packed his bags and left to Korea has baffled many fans of, not just Excel Esports, but the LEC and esports industry in general. To be honest, it’s quite ridiculous that a person with this lack of professionalism and lack of care is even put on a team to begin with.

But, if Excel Esports has something planned, all we can do is just wait and see.


Week 1 Standings

T1. Fnatic (4-0)

T1. G2 (4-0)

T3. SK Gaming (2-2)

T3. Origen (2-2)

T3. Rogue (2-2)

T3. Misfits (2-2)

T3. Schalke 04 (2-2)

T3. Splyce (2-2)

T9. Excel Esports (0-4)

T9. Team Vitality (0-4)


Next Games

Friday June 21

  • Excel Esports vs Vitality
  • Splyce vs Rogue
  • Schalke 04 vs Origen
  • G2 Esports vs Fnatic
  • SK Gaming vs Misfits


Saturday June 22

  • Team Vitality vs SK Gaming
  • Misfits vs Schalke 04
  • Origen vs Splyce
  • Fnatic vs Excel
  • Rogue vs G2 Esports


Perhaps the finals have been decided. Or maybe Fnatic will finally topple G2’s regime on Friday.? Tune in at 12:00 EST on June 21/22 to find out.