MAD Lions has swept Rogue and has qualified for the finals of the 2021 League of Legends European Championship Summer Playoffs. MAD Lions is the only team to remain undefeated in the post-season, while Rogue will wait for the winner of G2 Esports and Fnatic, who play tomorrow, to see who it will face for a chance to meet MAD in the finals.
MAD Lions and Rogue met in the upper bracket of the LEC Summer Playoffs for the first best-of-five series between the two teams since they met in the finals of the Spring Playoffs. It was that 3-2 win that sent MAD to the 2021 Mid-Seasonal as the LEC representative.
Because of Rogue's 1st place finish in the LEC Summer Split and MAD's resurgent 3-1 win against G2 in the first round of the post-season, it was expected that the series would be contentious.
MAD had other plans for the series, however. In the first game Rogue was able to secure many towers in attrition, but MAD's kill count was ten times that of Rogue's and eventually, the bloodier team triumphed. Game 2 featured a far more epic, back-and-forth affair with many kills on both sides and nonstop figfhts breaking out across the map.
The difference ended up being the superior teamfighting of MAD Lions, particularly in the case of the engages of support Norman "Kaiser" Kaiser, and after 49 minutes, MAD lept out to a 2-0 lead. Facing match point, Rogue did not crumble mentally. Instead, Rogue outpaced MAD in the early game and jumped out to a 6k gold lead before 15 minutes.
With MAD down 10k gold, it looked as if the series would be competitive after all, but somehow, MAD continued to scrap and won teamfight after teamfight from behind until Rogue's gold lead had evaporated. MAD regained control of the series late into game 3 and shut the door.
MAD Lions is now guaranteed the 2nd LEC seed at Worlds 2021, and if it manages to defend its spring title and win the Summer Playoffs, it will go to China this fall as Europe's #1 team.