G2 Esports vs Rogue
Next up, we have an absolute barnburner: G2 Esports vs. Rogue is about as exciting a match-up as it gets these days! This is, for all intents and purposes, the fight between two of the best teams in the region. There's just no other way to put it, really, and the standings tell the same tale as well.
They're both tied in first place, but G2 has the edge — they already beat Rogue two weeks ago in one of the most entertaining and nerve-wracking games of the split. Heck, we're putting it mildly here. G2 Esports eventually emerged victorious, but it didn't come easy — as expected. Rogue have all the right tools to compete on even footing, and they certainly gave G2 a run for their money.
But as is so often the case, G2 found a way to win. They always do, after all. They play their absolute best League of Legends once their backs are against the wall, and Rogue, while undeniably talented and cohesive, just couldn't compete once those hectic five-on-five team fights started to break out. Once that happens, nerves of steel and mental fortitude take over. Whoever has more will invariably have an edge, and G2 -- as far as those two virtues are concerned -- reign supreme. There's no one out there in the West who can rub shoulders with the defending LEC champions, and they are, for all intents and purposes, the frontrunners to win the whole split. Heck, the same holds true for the Summer Split as well.
They have a seemingly endless amount of clout and no matter what they do they'll always be considered as the heavy favorites. That's just the way things are. Rogue did, however, make a couple of egregious mistakes in their first outing against G2, and they're pretty easy to fix. The first one came in the draft. Putting Hans Sama on Vayne was, by and large, an ill-advised move. And, well, we're putting it lightly here. It made no sense whatsoever. That pick didn't work out in any which way, and it stuck out like a sore thumb from a strategic standpoint as well. Hans Sama never had the opportunity to flex his mechanical prowess and dish out damage once the late game came around and it's quite foolish of him to even think he'll have so much room to maneuver against a competitive giant like G2.
By the same token, G2 went for a pretty risky team comp with Wunder playing his pocket Quinn and Caps going for Ekko. They didn't have a true tank, other than Mikyx's Rell which, to be fair, can scarcely be considered as a frontline. It was a hectic back-and-forth game with both teams having moments of brilliance but, as is so often the case, it was G2 who traversed the Summoner's Rift with more success, and ultimately got their hands raised. Rogue are surely motivated beyond belief to even the score and get revenge, but it's highly questionable whether they have the tools to do so.
They close, achingly close even, but at this level of play, those small nuances make a world of a difference. You give G2 an inch and they'll take a mile no matter the context or meta. They're really that good, and they'll look to prove yet again in this highly anticipated "Match of the Week." It won't come easy, but they're well-equipped for the task and hand and should, by all means, be able to get the win.