G2 Esports took down Rogue in an intense five-game series in the LEC Summer semifinals. The team will get a second shot at taking down the old kings of Fnatic for another European League of Legends title.
Caps popped off throughout the entire series, playing four different champions and performing great in all games, even ones which G2 lost. His Syndra star-pick proved to be a life saver for G2, winning two games against Rogue.
The series began with an impressive performance from Rogue. They drafted Hecarim for jungler Inspired, who was able to farm and take over the game easily.
In what came as a surprise to both casters and fans alike, G2 did not ban Hecarim during the second draft after Rogue’s convincing win around the champion in match one. The early pressure from Hecarim was huge for Rogue once again, but G2 stopped the bleeding after poor fights on the side of their opponents, allowing them to slowly come back into the game and equalize the series.
Following the dominant second game win, G2 pressed the gas pedal and dismantled Rogue in the third game, securing a fast 28-minute win with 26 kills on their side. They looked ruthless and ready to face Fnatic once again.
Rogue turned it around for the fourth game, looking hungry for an LEC title. They exploited G2’s early game and equalized the series, sending the match to game five.
Caps took over the fifth game with his Syndra last-pick. The G2 mid laner played phenomenally, landing crucial stuns and dealing massive amounts of damage overall throughout the entire game. He made sure that his team would get a shot at facing Fnatic once again in the finals.
Rogue had a good run, securing third seed for the region heading into Worlds after a number of dominating performances. They’ll have a couple of weeks to fix their drafting issues and prepare for the international stage. Going forward, G2 look really great into the World Championship. They are the strongest team EU is sending to this year’s Worlds and even if they aren’t looking in their strongest form, they are still G2. They can definitely advance to knockout stage and then it depends on who they’ll be facing. Stay tuned for more information and coverage in upcoming days of the World Championship this year, which is happening remotely in Shanghai due to COVID-19 pandemic.