In the same week as the LCK started with their own summer split, the LEC finally returned. Day 1 of the 2021 LEC Summer Split opened with a banger of a game: MAD Lions and G2 going head to head. No doubt MAD was hungry for a win after almost making finals in the Midseason Invitational. One point worth noting is that just like the rest of the world, Gwen and Viego are now enabled for the LEC.
Here are the complete results of Day 1 :
- MAD < G2
- SK < AST
- RGE > XL
- VIT > S04
- MSF > FNC
After losing their title in Spring, G2 looked to take back the crown and make a statement in the opening match. On the other hand, MAD Lions wanted to flex what they learned from MSI. Two titans clashing it out on the rift. Early in the game, the MAD Lions had close calls with death, with Humanoid almost dying if it wasn’t for Kaiser’s Braum. Meanwhile, Armut showed why he deserved to be a feared top laner, as he split pushed hard in the early to mid-game. On the other hand, we did see why Jankos was named the First Blood King.
The two teams traded kill after kill, but eventually, it was G2 that came out on top. Plays from Rekkles and Caps showed glimpses of the dominant G2 most of the LEC fans were expecting. After a spectacular team fight that started with Jankos and Mikyx diving into MAD Lions’ base, G2 closed out the first game of the split with a 17-6 kill score.
As for Game 2, we saw Treatz’ debut as the jungler for SK Gaming in his match against Astralis. On the other side of the rift, Astralis’ jungler Zanzarah was suffering from a hand injury. In the early game, SK Gaming found favourable fights, with Treatz being in the centre of most of them. Theoretically, SK Gaming should have won the game. And after a failed team fight that resulted in baron for SK, and an almost-ace, it looked done and over.
However, despite the hand injury on Zanzarah, Astralis had other plans for the game. Despite SK securing a baron after a failed teamfight from Astralis, and pushing up to the nexus turrets, Astralis successfully defended their base. Later on, Astralis managed to pick up the elder drake, which in turn, helped them secure kills, and a baron. With the baron buff on their team, Astralis managed to come back from an early deficit to close out the game with a victory.
In Game 3, Excel Esports wanted to show how beneficial the changes to their mid-lane was, with Nukeduck coming into the roster. The veteran mid-laner looked to come onto the rift with flare, locking in the Akali for his first game back.
Sadly, it looked like Rogue had other plans, as the Spring Split finalists secured very early leads in almost every way possible: CS, gold, turrets, everything. Despite the game not being as bloody as some would expect, Rogue closed out the game in a very objective-dominant fashion with a victory.
Game 4 showed off what these new rosters from both Vitality and Schalke 04 were capable of. LIDER, Selfmade, and SLT on Vitality’s roster. On the other side, Kirei and NUCLEARINT, filling in big shoes that Gilius and Abbedagge left. New rosters looking to prove that these roster changes were indeed worth it.
It looked like Vitality would be the team to prove that the roster changes were both needed, and worth it. The aggression from this new team, most of it led by LIDER and Selfmade, proved to be a very welcome trait to the team. Vitality picked up the Xin Zhao-Lulu pairing, a duo that many international teams are picking up, as well as Viego, a champion extremely strong in the current meta. Using both of these tools, Vitality put the pressure onto Schalke, and it looked to be too much. With all the aggression from Vitality, the team secured a victory for their first game with this new roster.
For the final game of the day, we saw Bwipo’s debut as FNATIC’s new jungler. Not only that, but we also saw Adam, who recently won the EU Masters trophy, debut as their new top laner. Once again, this team looked to show the fans that these roster changes are not something to worry about and does indeed work.
Game 5 was arguably the bloodiest, as well as the closest game of the night. Even after a huge quadra kill from Vetheo, Misfits’ mid laner, on Akali, no massive advantage was gained. However, despite a baron secure from FNATIC, the team fight after was a disaster for the legacy organization. Another quadra kill was secured by Vetheo, with Adam being the only one escaping. Sadly, it looked like his time was also limited, as he fell while trying to defend the base. Misfits completed the upset after picking off Adam, taking the win over FNATIC.
So far, the role-swaps to jungle haven’t been working out. Not only that, but some of the big roster changes haven’t necessarily been successful either, save for Vitality. Tune in to Day 2 of the 2021 LEC Summer Split to see if these changes will eventually work out.