2021 LEC Spring Split Week 1 roundup – G2 and Rogue get off to a flying start

Caps from G2 pointing at his teammates

The 2021 League of Legends European Championship has begun, and with a Superweek to kick off the proceedings to boot. After three days of prime EU LoL, the standings are looking pretty interesting.

Sitting at the top of the table in joint first are G2 Esports and Rogue, both having gone 3-0 this week in dominating fashion. G2 new boy Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson’s teamfight positioning and overall output across all three games were stellar; the standard we’ve come to expect from the Swede.

Meanwhile, Rogue’s offseason acquisitions in Andrei ‘Odoamne’ Pascu and Adrian ‘Trymbi’ Trybus also shone in their first outings with the team. Odoamne’s experienced presence in the top lane provides balance where Trymbi – whose promotion to the first team from AGO Rogue to replace Oskar ‘Vander’ Bogdan was questioned by many in the community – provides fearless aggression.

Trymbi was not the only rookie who had a strong showing this week, either. Misfit Gaming’s Vincent ‘Vetheo’ Berrié styled on Fnatic in his LEC debut with his signature Zoe pick – a statement of intent, for sure. Meanwhile, MAD Lions’ Javier ‘Elyoya’ Batalla had the unenviable task of matching up against Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski in his opening match against G2, but the Spaniard remained unphased and showed glimpses of his potential throughout the game despite G2 being, well, G2.

The race to beat Jeong ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon’s KDA record also got off to a flying start this week, with both Emil ‘Larssen’ Larsson and Rekkles dodging death in their first two games. However, both players died once in their final ties, with Larssen being scuppered by SK Gaming, while Rekkles took a Nautilus hook and a tower shot too many to the face against Excel Esports. With KDAs of 36 and 47 respectively, both players are a fair way off Chovy’s record-setting 104, but the dream is still alive.

This week also saw Udyr make the journey from the LCK to the LEC. The Spirit Walker has recently seen pro play due largely to his fast clear, mobility, and tankiness; the latter of which provides flexibility in a position currently dominated by bruisers such as Graves and Olaf, and mages like Lillia and Nidalee. Unfortunately for Excel’s Daniel ‘Dan’ Hockley, the pick didn’t pay off against G2 or Rogue, though it is encouraging to see the team experimenting with new possibilities.

Another unconventional pick which has seen play this week is Ivern in the top lane. Again, pioneered in the LEC by Excel’s Felix ‘Kryze’ Hellström, and later G2’s Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, the Green Father – a staple in streamers Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek’s competitive tier list – synergises excellently with the Moonstone Renewer/Staff of Flowing Water item combination that has blown up in popularity (again largely thanks to LS) over the last couple of weeks.

With the team-wide boons provided by this two item spike, we are sure to see plenty more of this potent combo in the coming weeks.