LEC Week 4 saw G2 Esports say no to a free Elder dragon to continue their loss streak, Astralis with a 2-0 week, and Rogue catching up to Misfits Gaming’s first place spot.

Misfits Gaming: A bit shaky than before

Rank: Tied 1st
Record: 7-2
Rank Change: +-

Misfits Gaming played MAD Lions and G2 Esports in week 4 of the LEC Summer split. They fell to MAD Lions on day one and honestly should have never won against G2 Esports. Misfits were on the back foot in the game since the 14th minute. A brilliant call from the team to rush Elder while G2 were basing managed to flip the game on its head in one fight.

Usually, the team closes out their games more dominantly. However, it has been around two weeks in a row where Misfits are starting to look shaky. Their week 5 schedule features Rogue and Astralis. The Rogue matchup sees the two teams tied for 1st place clash, which is bound to be an exciting battle.

Rogue: Slow and steady

Rank: Tied 1st
Record: 7-2
Rank Change: +1 place

Rogue played SK Gaming and MAD Lions and took down both convincingly. RGE Inspired once again was uncontrollable in the jungle, finishing the game against SK Gaming with a 3/0/6 perfect scoreline on Viego. In the following game, RGE Trymbi dictated the entire map’s momentum from the support position playing Galio and finishing the game with a 5/3/10 KDA.

Week 5 will pit Rogue against Misfits Gaming and G2 Esports, two incredibly tough matchups. This week will prove pivotal to Rogue’s LEC Summer split, and a solid performance from the entire team is required to pull the team to a sole first place position.

Fnatic: Finding their footing

Rank: 3rd
Record: 6-3
Rank Change: -1 place

Fnatic is steadily becoming one of the top teams in the LEC, and doing it quietly. The 2018 World finalists went on a two-week undefeated run to push themselves near the top of the standings. Fnatic suffered their first loss in a while as they fell to the departing Schalke 04. Their second game of the week ended in a victory against the tenth-place team in SK Gaming.

Fnatic has an interesting week ahead of them, they firstly will go up against a Vitality side that is either going to make the game competitive or roll over very quickly. Fnatic is the favorites also in their second match, Excel Esports. The UK-based org had an incredible week four, taking down G2 Esports and Misfits Gaming.

MAD Lions: Mid-table

Rank: 4th
Record: 5-4
Rank Change: +-

MAD Lions’ week 4 schedule was against the two teams currently tied for first place, Rogue and Misfits Gaming. They managed to snatch a win from Misfits, but couldn’t handle Rogue on day 2. So far, their record is almost dead even, which is a perfect indicator of how inconsistent the team is.

Week 5 should see MAD Lions pick up two wins, considering their matchups against Schalke 04 and EXCEL. Since their return from MSI, MAD Lions haven’t found their Spring split form. Every match is a coin flip, either they dominate or get dominated.

Astralis: everything is falling apart

Rank: Tied 5th
Record: 4-5
Rank Change: +2 places

Surprisingly, Astralis put a clean 2-0 week upon their scoreboard. They managed to grab a win against Team Vitality, which is important for their climb into a playoffs spot. AST Promisq was incredibly effective on Thresh with his hooks, lanterns, and disrupting almost any plays Vitality was going for. His 1/0/14 scoreline speaks for itself.

Unfortunately, Astralis take on both G2 Esports and Misfits Gaming. The former is looking to get back to winning ways and they will definitely look at Astralis as a stepping stone to do so. While the latter is looking to cement its first place spot in the standings whether they win or lose against Rogue.

Excel: Maybe it is coming home?

Rank: Tied 5th
Record: 4-5
Rank Change: +2 places

Perhaps Excel was reading our week 3 recap when we said it was not coming home. Excel had an incredible week and will be full of confidence coming into week four. The LEC side started off the week with a victory against G2 Esports. Despite their recent struggles, a win against G2 at any stage of the season is impressive. This was followed up by an upset victory over Team Vitality.

The difficult fixtures do not stop there, however. This week Excel Esports will be going up against spring champions MAD Lions as well as the in-form Fnatic. If Excel is to make a serious bid for a playoff spot, they need to go at the very least 1-1 this week to crank up the pressure on the teams around them.

G2 Esports: Elder? No, thank you

Rank: Tied 5th
Record: 4-5
Rank Change: -1 place

For the second week in a row, G2 Esports find themselves winless with a 0-2 record to close out the week. A 4 loss streak continuing from week 3 is definitely what you would expect from the seven-time LEC champions. G2 Esports’ loss against EXCEL saw the team behind in gold for almost every minute of the game till EXCEL grabbed the victory at the 28th-minute mark.

On the other hand, a normal spectator would speculate their loss to Misfits is outright match-fixing. G2 Esports had destroyed 9 towers, slain all four elemental dragons for Mountain soul, killed two Barons, and the bottom lane inhibitor. Any other team would consider this game done and dusted.

For some unknown reason, they all decided to base with Elder Dragon up on the map, and Misfits rushed it. They turned on them and closed out the game with the death timers just long enough to do so. G2 Esports take on Astralis and Rogue, and they need to perform or they will go down deeper into the standings hole.

Team Vitality: Hot and cold

Rank: Tied 5th
Record: 4-5
Rank Change: -1 place

Team Vitality will be coming into week four of the LEC very frustrated. After an incredible week two, Vitality found themselves losing both games this week to Astralis and Excel Esports. The games were not remotely close either with VIT only accumulating 11 kills over the two games last week.

If Vitality is to get back on track, they will need to go even next week as they take on Fnatic and SK Gaming. Team Vitality is a weird team, on their best day they can topple giants, on their worst they can lose to the last-place team in the league.

Schalke: Finally a victory after many losses

Rank: 9th
Record: 3-6
Rank Change: -2 places

While there is very little to celebrate if you are an S04 fan, you can at least be happy at the fact your side picked up a victory for the first time in two weeks. Schalke took down Fnatic in what was an entertaining game. Schalke’s Nuclearint was monstrous on Twisted Fate, going 11/1/8 as he crushed the competition.

Unfortunately for Schalke, they have a mountain to climb next week as they go up against the two spring split finalists in MAD Lions and Rogue. Schalke lost to both sides earlier in the split and it is looking likely that history will repeat itself in week four.

SK Gaming: Rough week

Rank: 10th
Record: 1-8
Rank Change: +-

In what was another week of roster changes for the SK Gaming lineup, the side went back to losing ways. In fairness to SK, they went up against two of the strongest teams in the league right now in Rogue and Fnatic. This split has not gone the way SK Gaming would have planned. The best they can do now is prepare for the 2022 season with playoff qualification looking unlikely.

Next week will be an interesting week for SK Gaming. They firstly go up against Team Vitality, a side that can either be one of the top teams in the league or one of the worst. In their final game of the week they take on a struggling Schalke side who has only won once in their last three weeks.

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Jordan "Marn" Marney is an esports journalist from across the pond. Marn specialises in telling stories about League of Legends and Call of Duty. Marn has been a passionate esports fan since 2014 and has written for publications Unikrn, Esports Network, ESTNN and The United Stand.