The 2021 LEC Summer Split playoff is right around the corner and will have an exciting match im store featuring MAD Lions and G2 Esports in the first round of the upper bracket.
To get the best possible chance to reach the LEC final and a spot at the 2021 World Championship, both MAD Lions and G2 Esports will do all they can to beat each other. After the regular split, it is clear that these two squads are very close in skill as both finished the regular season with a 12-6 record. G2 had the upper hand though, as it beat MAD Lions twice this split.
This puts MAD Lions in a bit of a rough spot before this match, but it might be able to adjust and bite back. As the defending LEC champion, there’s suddenly some pressure on the shoulders of MAD Lions and only time will tell if that’s a bad thing. So far, the Lions have showcased some inconsistent play since participating at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, but started to pick up the pace in the last couple of weeks with wins over both Rogue and Fnatic.
What MAD Lions is still succeeding with is putting pressure on the opponent in the early game and snowballing off of that lead. This is also MAD Lions’ weakness, as a poor early game can often leave MAD Lions in a state of confusion.
As has been the case for a long time, jungler Javier “Elyoya” Batalla will be the one to facilitate a lead in the early game and try to apply pressure on the strong lanes of G2. Going up against veteran jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, Elyoya will be looking to outclass his opponent with raw mechanical skills. So far this split, Elyoya has performed better than Jankos in several aspects of the game.
For G2, this match will be all about hitting the individual level that everyone expects. With star players in every role, G2 will often be the ones to decide if a match will be close or not. So far this summer, G2 has been struggling to find the individual form needed to succeed at a high level.
Luckily for G2, it ended the regular split with five wins in a row, giving the team the momentum needed for the playoffs. If G2 wants to reclaim the LEC throne and take down MAD Lions, the players can’t fall behind in the early stages of the games or get complacent in any way. G2 is no longer the unbeatable force that it once was in Europe, so this match requires complete focus.
If G2 shows up on the day, then MAD Lions will have a rough time. A G2 with confidence should be able to match the early game pace and punish the weaknesses of MAD Lions. If G2 is still in a state of flux, then this playoff match could go the distance.
MAD Lions roster:
G2 Esports roster:
Based on raw skill and experience in important matches, G2 will be the favorite for this match and the team that should dictate the series. G2 is full of experienced players that have been in countless playoff situations. Even though MAD Lions has won a split, there are still some question marks surrounding the team’s play in a best-of-five series setting. MAD Lions definitely has the hunger to win and has been known to make find wins against G2, but until proven otherwise, G2 will be the expected winner of this series.
In the attempt to defeat the defending LEC champion, G2 Esports will enter the match as favorites with odds of 1.61. A win for MAD Lions will give a little higher odds at 2.12. Despite the favoritism towards G2, this is looking to be an extremely close match that could go all the way.
The LEC playoffs match between MAD Lions and G2 Esports will kick off on Saturday, August 14.