Rogue is gonna choke. Rogue will get stomped. Rogue will never win against G2. Well, all doubters have been silenced, as Rogue hoists a historic first LEC title for the organisation in the summer playoffs final.
G2 Esports may have entered as the favourites, but they left the losers. Let's take a look at the story of one of the cleanest best-of-5 series the LEC has ever seen.
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The LEC Playoffs so far
This was not the first time G2 and Rogue have met in these LEC playoffs. After both teams won their series in round one, they faced off in the winners' bracket.
There the story was very different. G2 swept Rogue with a resounding 3-0 victory, to send Rogue to the lower bracket, and G2 to the grand finals. Not to be denied though, Rogue would crush Fnatic 3-1 in the lower bracket and advance to Finals for the rematch.
Rogue makes History
In the past 4 LEC splits, Rogue has finished top 3 in all of them. The famed "best-of-1 kings" always show up in the regular season but fall at the final hurdle in Playoffs.
The most important story though, is that of Odoamne. Rogue's veteran top laner, before today, had the most LEC games played without a title, at 475, but no longer.
Comp played the series of his life, earning the Finals MVP award for his 3 games on 3 different AD Carries. Even drawing 4 target bans from G2, he would not be denied. His 3rd Pentakill of the split in game 1 was a statement like no other.
All 5 players showed up and played the best series of their career so far. Larssen on his home turf. Comp and Malrang after being benched and overlooked by their previous teams. Trymbi in honour of his former teammates. And Odoamne, the LEC champion that never was, finally earning the trophy.
On to Worlds
Rogue will now advance to the League of Legends World Championships with the coveted 1st seed from the EU. The group stage will be a whole new challenge, but if anyone is up to the task, it's this incredible team.
Catch Fnatic and Mad Lions fighting through the play-in stage, beginning 29th September on the Riot Games Livestream. Then watch Rogue and G2 represent Europe in the Group Stage, from the 7th October.