It is the penultimate playoffs week at the LEC 2022 Summer Season, and the last Worlds 2022 representative from Europe will be decided. The winner of Fnatic vs Misfits Gaming will follow MAD Lions, G2 Esports and Rogue to North America, even though their seeding won’t be certain and they might start from the Worlds 2022 Play-In stage.
Last week, we saw Misfits Gaming and MAD Lions getting dropped to the lower bracket and Excel Esports eliminated from the playoffs after some amazing best-of-five series. Fnatic’s summer season was a chaotic one, they will have to continue the miracle run against Misfits to turn it around and write an unbelievable story. Let’s check out what awaits us this week.
LEC Summer Playoffs
G2 Esports and Rogue found themselves in the upper bracket final after G2’s victory over Misfits Gaming and Rogue’s win over MAD Lions. The winner will move on to the grand final and secure a Worlds 2022 Main Event ticket. The lower bracket will see MSF and FNC fighting for the last Worlds ticket, and the winner will face MAD for a chance at the grand final. Check out the schedule below:
Friday, September 2
Misfits Gaming (2.20) vs Fnatic (1.60) - 18:00 CEST
Saturday, September 3
G2 Esports (1.60) vs Rogue (2.20) - 17:00 CEST
Sunday, September 4
MAD Lions vs MSF/FNC - 17:00 CEST
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Misfits Gaming vs Fnatic
This game will be the story of two teams trying to achieve a miracle. Misfits Gaming announced that they will be selling their LEC slot, and going to Worlds 2022 will be the last dance for them. Misfits have represented Europe at Worlds many times, and this could be the last time they do if they can manage to defeat Fnatic.
Fnatic on the other hand has had one of their worst seasons to date. With their almost-super team, the legends of Europe nearly missed the playoffs with one game. After they secured participation in the playoffs, they lost the tie-breaker which led to them starting in the lower bracket. Their fans did not leave Fnatic, but FNC has to show them something to cheer for now.
With a reverse sweep against Excel Esports and the support from their fans, although Fnatic wasn’t one of my favourites for Worlds 2022 representation, I can see them getting past Misfits Gaming to face MAD Lions in the next round. Misfits Gaming’s last dance is definitely a great story, but Fnatic must show their fans that they are alive with such a strong roster.
The winner of this game will face MAD Lions, and MAD Lions will definitely be the favourite in that round. MAD, G2 and RGE have shown that they are better than the rest of the LEC numerous times this season. Fnatic or Misfits will take Europe’s fourth seed and start in a very disadvantageous position at Worlds 2022 if they lose.
G2 Esports vs Rogue
This is the match that we’ve been waiting for honestly. G2 Esports will face Rogue in the upper bracket final of the LEC 2022 Summer Playoffs. Together with MAD Lions, these teams represent the top of the European League of Legends, and the winner of this series will head to the grand finals as the favourite.
After a disastrous 2021, G2 Esports has had the perfect 2022 so far and they are even better than when they were able to win the spring season and represent Europe at MSI 2022. G2 Esports played the game confidently, they were able to take down most of their opponents during the regular season. caPs is once again playing like the monster he is, and they are looking forward to taking Europe’s first seed at Worlds 2022.
While G2 did not struggle against Misfits, Rogue played an amazing series against MAD Lions to stay alive in the playoffs bracket. Showing an incredible amount of mental strength to stay in the game and play with such confidence, Rogue proved that they are still the same team that aims for the championship. They will try to break that barrier and get their first, and if they manage to do that, that will be another unforgettable story.
Leaving aside the stories behind these teams and focusing on their games, G2 Esports seems to be one step ahead of Rogue overall. They have a higher skill cap, which is the most important aspect of winning a championship when the level of competition is this high. Rogue’s plan should be to defeat G2 as a team, but if G2 manages to play as one, they have a better chance of making it to the grand final.