Rogue have moved onto the 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs semifinals today after a clean sweep against MAD Lions, who ended Schalke 04’s miracle run last week.
The Rogue roster was on point with their calls and plays, but jungler Kacper “Inspired” Słoma was on an entirely new level. He played three different champions in the series and popped off with all of them. His performance on Evelynn, Hecarim, and Graves and combined scoreline of 15/5/24 secured him the Player of the Series award.
The series began with a dominant performance from the Rogue squad. Each of the five players snowballed all around the map with Inspired making sure that the enemy jungler failed to find advantages. He kept securing early objectives, warding, and reading the enemy jungler like a book. This allowed him to take control over the first game.
With the momentum from the first game win, Rogue maintained the tempo and dismantled MAD Lions. As a result, MAD appeared to have taken a psychological beating, since they started making more and more mistakes as the series went longer. Their defeat could be seen once they started going for misplays across the map due to Rogue’s superior play today. Following Rogue’s dominant performance in all three games, the series ended with a 3-0 after the three fast-paced games in Rogue’s favor.
MAD Lions have dropped out of playoffs following this loss and are sent to the Play-In stage of the World Championship as Europe’s fourth seed. The lackluster play towards to end of the regular season Summer Split shattered their dreams of winning a LEC Championship title.
Rogue will be facing G2 Esports for a chance to face Fnatic in the LEC Summer Split finals next Saturday on Sept. 5 at 10am CT. Tune in then to see if Rogue has what it takes to take down the reigning kings and knock them out of playoffs.