The match of the week was a battle for first place in the 2021 LEC Spring Split, as G2 Esports took on Rogue, which started the day on top of the standings. After G2 took a few unexpected losses to Fnatic and Schalke 04, Rogue had the upper hand going into the match. Even though Rogue had momentum, G2 Esports showed its potential and beat Rogue with a split-push composition.
G2 started out the game aggressively with fights in the bot and top lanes. While it was messy and chaotic, G2 came out ahead like so many times before. The early lead for G2 Esports quickly snowballed into CS leads across the map and access to tower plating.
After 15 minutes, G2 started to pick up the pace with top laner Martin “Wunder” Hansen and jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski making plays around the map on Quinn and Nidalee, respectively. As G2 Esports secured picks all over the map, it resulted in a confused Rogue squad who couldn’t figure out which leg to stand on. Rogue tried to stay in the match by prioritizing the dragons, but G2 Esports kept punishing with its split-pushing composition and ultimately got dragon priority as well.
With a huge gold lead after 30 minutes, it looked like a clean win was in store for G2 Esports, but Rogue didn’t give up its Nexus so easily. G2 tried to play the map through split pushing, but the Rogue’s defense was strong enough to withstand a 10,000 gold lead. Against all odds, Rogue stalled out the game for 50 minutes thanks to a huge performance from mid laner Emil “Larssen” Larsson on Azir, but G2 ultimately found its way to the Nexus after a number of neutral objectives.
This win for G2 Esports means that they are now tied for first together with Rogue. With a 7-2 record, both teams are now sitting comfortably at the top and seem likely to stay there. Rogue is still looking like a top team despite the loss, but G2 will by far be the hardest opponent for other teams to beat. Even though G2 Esports has been looking shaky in some matches, it looks like the team is capable of stepping up when it counts. G2 Esports will look to continue its winning streak next week when it faces Astralis and Schalke 04.
The owner of G2 Esports is Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez. Ocelote is a former professional mid laner, who played in competitive League of Legends’ early years. He had a long and successful career in SK Gaming, where he participated in tournaments all the way back to 2011. Ocelote officially retired in 2013 and founded Gamers2, which is now known as G2 Esports.
G2 Esports has never won the League of Legends World Championship but managed to reach the finals in 2019. Unfortunately for G2, the team fell short against FunPlus Phoenix, losing 3-0.