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Rogue beats Vitality, off to 5-0 start in LEC 2021 Spring Split

Only one team remains undefeated after the second week of the 2021 LEC Spring Split and surprisingly, it's Rogue

Rogue had another great showing in the LEC as they defeated both Misfits Gaming and Vitality in the second week of the LEC season. Just like in the first week, Rogue showed promising teamwork and a very high individual level of skill. Rogue is sitting alone at the top of the LEC leaderboard with a 5-0 record. 

So far in the LEC season, Rogue has shown a large champion pool, which has made it hard for other teams to draft against them. In Rogue’s most recent win against Vitality, mid laner Emil “Larssen” Larsson pulled out Ryze while jungler Kacper “InspiredSłoma played Jarvan IV. Both of these picks are rarely seen in the current meta, but Rogue managed to make it work. 

The side lane pressure from Larssen was too much for Vitality to handle, while Inspired had the team fight engages completely under control together with support Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus on new champion Rell. Rogue didn’t end the game after 40 minutes and actually looked shaky at times, but proved that the team’s fundamentals are very strong. While Rogue did show weakness in the recent game against Vitality, there is no doubt that even under pressure, Rogue is strong enough to take the win. 

Looking at the stats, Rogue is also performing very well compared to its LEC rivals. Rogue has the best kill-to-death ratio in the league at 2.08, with G2 Esports behind them with 1.74. Rogue is also fielding the best early-game rating and biggest gold differential after 15 minutes, which is very unusual with aggressive teams such as G2 and MAD Lions in the league. 

So far, Rogue doesn’t seem to have a clear weakness as the team can play a strong early game while also playing for late-game team fights. Rogue will look to continue its undefeated run in week three, where FC Schalke 04 and Astralis are waiting. 

Inspired

G2 Esports takes first loss of the season against Schalke 04

While Rogue has been playing exceptionally well so far, G2 Esports helped them out a bit by losing an unexpected game to FC Schalke 04. Everyone predicted G2 would cruise its way to another victory against Schalke to finish off the second week of LEC, but it didn’t go that way. 

G2 Esports showed clear weakness for the first time this season, fumbling the early game to give Schalke an opportunity to snowball. Even though G2 has made miraculous comebacks in the past, Schalke skated to a fairly easy victory. This puts G2 Esports at 4-1, which means that Rogue is now in complete control of the first-place spot in the LEC. 

Rogue and G2 Esports will meet for the first time in 2021 during week four on February 12. 

What is Rogue's 2021 LEC roster?

Going into the 2021 season, Rogue made the decision to swap players in both the top lane and support position. Veteran top laner Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu was picked up to help lead the fairly young team, while former AGO Rogue support Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus has gotten the chance to prove himself as a LEC support.

The 2021 Rogue roster is: 

Can Rogue win the 2021 LEC Spring Split?

The competition in the LEC is very high in 2021 but Rogue is looking like a serious contender to raise the 2021 LEC Spring Split trophy later this year. Even with teams like G2 Esports and Fnatic in the league, Rogue is looking more solid than ever and still has a lot of room to grow. Topping the leaderboard during the regular split is great, but Rogue will have to take it a step further when entering the playoffs. In a best-of-five environment, Rogue is yet to prove themselves.