Europe's top League of Legends competition LEC kicks off this weekend with its first super week of the season. LEC 2022 Summer regular season will run for around eight weeks before heading into the playoffs to determine the three European representatives for Worlds 2022.
G2 Esports won the last LEC 2022 Spring season. After losing to Fnatic, G2 fought their way back to the grand final and won the trophy to represent the region at MSI 2022. The early stages were promising for G2, but a 3-0 loss to T1 in the semi-finals really hurt the European fans.
LEC 2022 Summer notes
We do not have an exact schedule for the summer season yet, but it starts this weekend on June and will run until around mid-August. This will be followed by the summer playoffs. There will be no regional finals as Europe will determine its representatives via the playoffs.
LEC franchise partners Astralis, Excel Esports, Fnatic, G2 Esports, MAD Lions, Misfits Gaming, Rogue, SK Gaming, Team BDS and Team Vitality will be the teams competing for victory this season. There were not many changes to the rosters, but let's take a look at the latest news before we turn to the schedule for the first week.
LEC 2022 Summer news
While the teams up front did not make many changes to their rosters, there was still some shocking news among the teams.
Astralis had a very disappointing spring season and decided they needed to make a change. Vizicsacsi and Xerxe, two experienced LEC players, joined the team, replacing WhiteKnight and Zanzarah. To create a better bot lane duo, promisq also left the team, leaving his place to the Korean JeongHoon.
MAD Lions reached the championship twice in 2021 and represented the EU in both international events. However, their spring season was a total failure as they missed the playoffs. Parting ways with Reeker, who was unable to fill Humanoid's place, and signing veteran Nisqy was MAD Lions' plan to get back into the championship race.
Misfits Gaming decided to replace HiRit with Irrelevant after the latter performed well, but HiRit's personal problems led him to leave the team completely. After his good performances, he will definitely be a loss for LEC. Team BDS swapped Adam with Agresivoo and LIMIT with Erdote for the start of the summer season.
One of the most shocking news of the offseason came from Team Vitality. They benched star jungler Selfmade and brought in two new junglers, famed Korean player Haru, who spent the season in European regional leagues, and Bo from FunPlus Phoenix. Bo joins the squad as a substitute while Haru is the main jungler for the team.
Excel Esports, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Rogue and SK Gaming have made no changes to their rosters, trusting their spring season performances.
LEC 2022 Summer schedule and betting odds
Let’s have a look at what will happen in the first super week of the season:
June 17, Friday
Team Vitality (1.45) vs MAD Lions (2.60) - 18:00 CEST
Team BDS (1.95) vs SK Gaming (1.75) - 19:00 CEST
Misfits Gaming (2.05) vs Excel Esports (1.68) - 20:00 CEST
G2 Esports (1.17) vs Astralis (4.50) - 21:00 CEST
Rogue (1.65) vs Fnatic (2.15) - 22:00 CEST
June 18, Saturday
Team BDS (1.75) vs Astralis (1.98) - 17:00 CEST
SK Gaming (2.70) vs MAD Lions (1.42) - 18:00 CEST
Team Vitality (1.38) vs Misfits Gaming (2.80) - 19:00 CEST
Fnatic (1.35) vs Excel Esports (2.90) - 20:00 CEST
Rogue (1.82) vs G2 Esports (1.88) - 21:00 CEST
June 19, Sunday
Misfits Gaming (1.58) vs Astralis (2.25) - 17:00 CEST
Team Vitality (1.25) vs Team BDS (3.60) - 18:00 CEST
SK Gaming (3.00) vs Fnatic (1.35) - 19:00 CEST
G2 Esports (1.28) vs Excel Esports (3.30) - 20:00 CEST
Rogue (1.42) vs MAD Lions (2.70) - 21:00 CEST
The first week kicks off with incredible matches for fans, but it's not clear if Rogue will be happy with their schedule. They will take on Fnatic, G2 Esports and MAD Lions. A 3/3 would easily earn them first place, but it will be a tough task. Excel Esports will also have the chance to prove themselves against three of the strongest teams of the spring season; Misfits, G2 and Fnatic.
It will also be interesting to watch Team Vitality. We will find out if replacing Selfmade with Haru was the right decision for this "super team". They will have strong opponents with MAD Lions and Misfits Gaming.
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