G2 and Rogue faced off against one another in what was the most anticipated match-up of the LEC’s Spring Season so far.
The 50-minute game ended in favor of G2, tieing them with Rogue for the top position in the league.
.@G2esports TAKE DOWN @Rogue! #LEC pic.twitter.com/XV9pICTxF0
— LEC (@LEC) February 13, 2021
1-3-1 Versus Scaling for Teamfights
Both teams had clear objectives coming out of the draft phase. G2 needed to look for a fast-paced game, looking to win the lanes and assert their dominance on the map. This would let them set up a 1-3-1 map state where picks like Ekko and Quinn could truly shine.
Rogue had more of a scaling teamfight composition. They would benefit from a slower game where they could create enough space for their carries to farm and scale. Given enough time, Azir and Vayne would come online and take over the game.
Rogue Drew First Blood But G2 Got the Advantage
Rogue drew the first blood of the game but it was G2 who got the advantage. G2’s Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle on Rell engaged on Rogue’s Steven “Hans sama” Liv and Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus. Hans sama managed to secure the first blood by killing Mikyx, but he died to Martin “Rekkles” Larsson’s Jhin in the process. Trymbi managed to get away with his life but he barely had any health left. Rekkles was able to crash a huge wave into Rogue’s tower, giving him an XP and CS advantage.
The first blood exchange on the bot lane came at six minutes and the game went relatively quiet for the next seven minutes. G2 had a 1k gold lead but things were still fine for Rogue as maintaining a relatively even game state while scaling would be an advantage. G2 brought back the action when the game was nearing 13 minutes. They started moving around their bot laners, making picks and taking towers to accelerate the game. Rogue managed to secure two dragons in the meantime. However, G2 used their strong map control to secure the next dragon, keeping Rogue away from an early soul point.
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Rogue Narrowly Missed The Chance to Take Control of the Game
Rogue narrowly missed the chance to take control of the game at 25 minutes. The two teams had the first teamfight of the game in the middle of the map. The fight started with Martin “Wunder” Hansen’s engage on Kacper “Inspired” Sloma’s Lilia. Lilia quickly went down while Wunder on Quinn barely escaped with his life.
Next to die was Mikyx who helped Wunder make his narrow escape. Rasmus “Caps” Winther on Ekko kept three members of Rogue busy before eventually going down without getting a kill. Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu’s Renekton wreaked havoc on G2’s backline in the meantime, taking Rekkles down to 6 HP before dying.
Had Rogue managed to take down Rekkles and Wunder, they might have been able to secure Baron and a third dragon. This would have given them control of the game, without any more chances for G2 to execute their 1-3-1 composition. The two narrow escapes allowed G2 to maintain control of the map with a 4k gold lead and secure a second dragon.
G2 Secured The First Baron
G2 secured their first Baron of the game at 29 minutes. This helped them break open the Rogue base and take the first inhibitor of the game. The takedown on the second Rogue inhibitor followed not long after.
The final 20 minutes of the game turned into a series of valiant defenses by Rogue as opposed to relentless pressure by G2. The game eventually ended at 50 minutes after G2 secured Elder Dragon combined with the Baron buff.
The game delivered on its promise as the best game of LEC’s Spring season so far. The result carried G2 to a joint first place position in the league alongside Rogue. The two teams’ positions as the best teams in Europe also became solidified.
The rivalry between the two teams may become even more heated heading into their second showdown of the regular season. The potential for a G2 versus Rogue spring split final for the LEC title looks very promising too.
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