G2 Esports vs Rogue
For our final game of the week we have an absolute barnburner: G2 Esports vs. Rogue. This, in many ways, is a fight between two of the best LEC teams at the moment. Whether Fnatic deserves to be a part of that Top 2 conversation is less important at this point in time (although a case could certainly be made). Regardless, both G2 and Rogue are stacked with talent, experience, and mechanical prowess. They are truly some of the best and most capable players Europe has to offer, and they're playing with no reserve whatsoever.
This, in short, is a spectacle waiting to happen.
And, frankly, no one's quite sure what to think or expect. On the one hand, we have G2 Esports — the defending LEC champions and undeniably the most capable team ever fostered on European soil. But that's just the first half of the G2 equation. They're also prone to experimenting and fooling around when you least expect it, which makes betting on/against them an absolute nightmare. They also tend to slack off whenever they can, and then kick things into overdrive once the playoffs come around. So, in that sense, any Best of 1 game they play is always up in the air in terms of who'll come out on top. Still, they're G2, and that means they have a fighting chance no matter how much they slack off. They have an obscene amount of clout built up and they've earned it -- that's what you get for running circles around your opposition for however many years they've been dominating.
Opposite them, however, is a challenger no one expected would be this darn capable: Rogue. And sure, the writing was on the wall -- they had all the right tools and players to once again compete for a spot at the top, but this is *different*. They're looking like an actual challenger, rather than a well-rounded team that can punch above its weight class from time to time. And that, in short, is absolutely huge, both for Rogue as well as the region as a whole. Nowadays, it's not just about G2 and Fnatic, but about Rogue and MAD Lions as well. New challengers are climbing the ranks and they want a bit of the spotlight as well, and, by the looks of it, they're here to stay. Rogue, in short, have earned our benefit of the doubt. They've made very few mistakes thus far and have dominated far beyond what anyone expected. Sure, they're not perfect, but they've been a lot more consistent than the defending LEC champions who not only dropped two games to Schalke and Fnatic, but struggled mightily against a severely flawed challenger in Misfits Gaming. They're still insanely powerful, there's no denying it, but they're just harnessing that power as often as we'd like, and that might be a problem against the likes of Rogue. Simply put, they need to be on their best behaviour, and any lapses in judgement, missed calls, or sloppy execution will surely cost them dearly.
Predicting the outcome of this one match is pretty much impossible. A case can be made for either team. G2 has the talent and experience, but Rogue have been playing with a lot more zest and vigour. Plus, they've been a whole lot more consistent, regardless of opposition. So it really boils down to your own personal preference -- this game could really go either way. The team that drafts better will probably be able to dictate the pace of the game early on and then snowball their lead into the mid and later stages of the game. Unfortunately for G2, Rogue know what to do when they're ahead, and if they give them an inch, the boys in blue will surely take a mile.
Either way, we should be in for one heck of a ride! We'll side with Rogue on this as they actually have a solid enough chance to pull off an upset.