The second day of the LEC Summer Split was full of surprises and some upsets, although many players had some convincing performances what made the real difference in today’s games was the cohesion of the players in the team .. and Akali’s picks.
In the first game of the day, XL struggled to be an element present on the whole map in the match against AST despite the lead taken at the beginning of the game that saw XL ahead of the gold for two-thirds of the game. However, AST found convincing picks and fights that turned the match in their favour. Unconvincing were particularly the picks of Nocturne and Viego that had to rely on Rumble in the jungle more than planned: the idea of using a combination to snowball to find dominant side lanes unfortunately did not bring good results.
A general good game delivered by AST with a nice debut of Akali that for the rest of the day has made sparks! All players have been able to keep control of the map and find their optimal strategy, despite a couple of missed opportunity in the bot lane. Ast managed rotations and timing almost in a perfect way and it’s no exaggeration saying that all team members have played at their best.
The second game of the day saw SK play against MSF in a game in which they seemed to be more convincing compared to yesterday. However MSF was so cohesive that they turned around a game that looked like it was slipping through their fingers, but as soon as the team fights happened they managed to find their rhythm and the combination of champions chosen in the draft managed to shine at their best.
Despite an important fight lost in the closing stages of the match saw Vetheo take a mid-tower alone and not present. MSF ended a game with cohesive and convincing team play. Despite Gwen’s early spike, Viego managed to hold her off in the closing stages of the game, and so the champion’s first LEC debut is also her first defeat. After 15 minutes SK could not find a way to continue their killing spree as they did in yesterday’s match against AST. Gwen contributed excellently but the opposing team had the necessary checks to pin her down and counterattack, unfortunately many.
Vetheo continued to make waves and the results are two wins out of two: he trailed the team to victory and so MSF end the game with an ace and take home their second win in these two days of LEC.
The third game of the day saw VIT facing RGE who started the game in their favour, but VIT turned the tables on them with almost 7000 gold of difference! Then a single fight near the Baron pit allowed RGE to get back into the game. Really unexpected considering the scaling comp drafted by VIT, they could have played the map in a cleaner way that’s why even though they were ahead with a comp that scaled better than RGE’s, VIT was doomed by that fight near the baron pit.
The graph of the gold difference best explains the breaking points of the game, all due to the engagements of Gragas who had only that as an objective: to find optimal positions to separate the opposing team and start the fight. The second fight near the drake doomed VIT and allowed RGE to win the game.
The fourth game of the day saw S04 against G2 and what a game it was! S04 pulled off an upset victory over the titans G2 Esports.
On seeing the schedule many of us thought it might be another win for G2, but this match ended up being closer than we thought! The early stages of the match were a back-and-forth affair between the teams, with S04 picking up two Rift Heralds and several kills in the early stages of the match. G2 in just 20 minutes of play took control of the soul of the infernal dragon, considered by many to be a necessary target for victory.
However, two fights before the 30-minute mark turned a situation that could have been fatal for S04 around. Nuclearint with Akali was a devastating force along with their toplane and jungler, G2 no longer seemed able to respond. Following the momentum, S04 closed the game with almost 10k of gold lead.
The last game of the day saw MAD facing FNC and finally the reigning champions get their first win of the LEC Summer Split 2021! In this week’s match MAD take down FNC with a convincing game that proved and made a statement: they still are the best team in Europe.
The game began with aggressive plays for MAD in the bot lane but quickly found their demise as Bwipo, in his new role as a jungler and Nisqy quickly responded to Elyoya’s ganks. On the other side of the map, FNC’s Adam found successful plays against Armut by taking a couple of solo kills. But the real star of the game begun to shine early on: Humanoid picked up a double kill in the early stage of the game and with that lead, the mid-game was an endless nightmare for FNC.
After taking the baron the MAD chase their opponents and find one kill after another solidifying their lead. FNC seemed to recover a bit after taking down Humanoid for the first time, but in the end, MAD’s mid laner ends the game with a mind-blowing action
Although it looked like FNC had a lead early in the game, MAD reminded everyone why they are the defending champions and why they almost made it to the MSI 2021 finals. Humanoid starred in the game, although all eyes were on Bwipo who instead failed to convince with his Udyr.
At the end of the second day of this LEC Summer Split 2021 we have a very unexpected ranking: FNC at the bottom with SK and XL, Astralis on top 3 with MSF and RGE and in an awkward mid-rank we have G2, MAD, S04 and VIT. It’s true, we are only at day two but no one expected some match results coming back from last Spring Split.
Tune in to Day 3 of the 2021 LEC Summer Split to see who will come on top after the first week of the split.
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