Rogue (RGE) and G2 Esports (G2) cemented their place in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Summer 2022 finals on 11th September, a rematch of the 2022 spring final. After a highly intense best-of-five (BO5) series, Rogue defeated G2 Esports in a dominant 3-0 fashion and lifted its first LEC trophy in front of an electric crowd in the Malmö Arena in Sweden. All five members of the Rogue roster played a vital role in the victory, tagging along their teammates and rallying together as one.
Rogue played the first upper bracket match against MAD Lions, won it with a 3-2 scoreline, and then advanced in the bracket to face G2 Esports in the semifinals. However, on 3rd September G2 dominated Rogue in a 3-0 victory and sent the men in blue to the lower bracket.
Following this, Rogue stepped foot into the Malmö Arena, refreshed and energized, and shut down storied organization Fnatic and eliminated the team from the LEC Summer Finals. As a result, Rogue made it to the finals against G2 Esports.
Comp finished Game 1 in style with a penta
The first game of the BO5 was a show of pristine League of Legends by Rogue. The team tapped into its powers early on and was always two steps ahead of G2. At 16 minutes into the game, Rogue wiped the floor with G2 by acing the team while Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos collected a multi-kill. Soon after, Rogue followed up on other objectives including towers and Baron Nashor, and had an 8K gold lead at 25 minutes. It was a matter of minutes before Rogue finished the game. After Comp collected a quadra kill, Comp pounced on the Renata Glasc who stood under the fountain and helped the attack-damage carry (ADC) secure a pentakill, while the minions finished the game.
Rogue almost threw Game 2
Game 2 saw Rogue’s ADC locking in his infamous Caitlyn and the team paired her up with a tanky Tamh Kench in the front line. Rogue’s Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong played hide and seek with G2 Esports and set up beautiful ganks for his team to capitalize on. At 35-minutes, Rogue was ahead by 5K gold and had three dragons, two Barons, and six towers under its belt. However, a misplay by Rogue’s top-laner almost cost the team the second match. After picking up three members of Rogue, G2 marched down the mid-lane and took down one of the nexus towers. But this hope was short-lived for G2, which conceded the game soon after.
Malrang drives Rogue home to victory
Throughout the series, Malrang’s ganks and jungle pathing were top-notch. He helped his team secure important objectives and get a lead over G2 at crucial times. The third game also played out in the same tune. The knocks and Jarvan IV ultimates from Malrang were classic textbook plays. At 24-minutes, Rogue secured the Baron and broke open the base of G2 Esports. The game was over in less than 30-minutes as Rogue secured its first LEC title.
Following this stellar victory, Rogue will head into Worlds 2022 as the number one seed from Europe. Notably, Rogue was seeded into Group C in the main event alongside Top Esports from China and Vietnam’s GAM Esports.