Going Over the 10 LEC 2020 Summer Split Teams
The 2020 LEC Summer Split is about to begin so let’s go over all 10 teams (permanent partners, rather) to see where they were, how they did, and what’s expected from them going forward. This upcoming split will certainly be a strange one seeing how it’ll transpire after a worldwide epidemic. Many things have changed, and to preserve player health and safety, teams will once again compete in an online-only setting.
Naturally, this will benefit some and hinder others. In any case, there are many exciting narratives to follow and exceptional teams to root for. 2020 isn’t exactly the year of upsets or unexpected twists and turns, but at least it brought a metric ton of skirmish-heavy League of Legends. That’s about as much as we can hope for, and so far many European teams have delivered big time. This is essentially a preview of the things to come, a list of facts and predictions that’ll help you better understand who’s good, who isn’t, and why that’s the case.
Finally, most of the 2020 LEC Summer Split teams listed below didn’t alter their starting line-ups much (if at all), so don’t be too surprised if the upcoming split resolves exactly as the one before it.
Where they were: At the top of the world. Again. For the nth time. G2 Esports is the best, most stacked and dangerous team in LEC history and they needed just a bit over an hour to outclass and demolish their perennial adversaries Fnatic in the Spring Split finals. It was a 3-0 shellacking that left no one indifferent. Just when you thought that they could fail or fumble, they pulled through and triumphed most spectacularly.
That is the G2 Esports way of doing things. They’re the definition of a commanding, unassailable champion and are the heavy favorites this split as well.
What’s expected: Anything other than lifting the LEC trophy for the second time this year would be deemed a failure. They’re simply too good and even if they lose further down the road that’ll only be because they didn’t practice enough or because they became complacent. When they do their job, when they prepare and execute as well as they can, there isn’t a team in Europe that can trade heavy blows.
What’s realistic: First place finish, yet again.
Where they were: The last we saw of Fnatic was not a pretty sight. To say that they were outclassed by the reigning LEC kings would truly be an understatement. They looked like a bunch of scrubs, frankly speaking, and it hurt their stock in the grand scheme of things. Here’s the thing: Fnatic is undoubtedly the second-best team Europe has to offer. They’re insanely talented, aggressive, proactive, mechanically gifted, and experienced. They’re also a tad bit worse than G2 Esports and are bound to play second-fiddle for the remainder of 2020. Their inherent potential simply isn’t enough against a team of G2’s caliber, but if they’re facing anyone else, they should be regarded as the favorites almost by default
What’s expected and realistic: Another second place finish. If there’s one team that could, hypothetically, challenge their ranking it’s certainly MAD Lions; still, it’s fair to expect that Fnatic’s experience and veteran presence would ultimately prevail.
Where they were: Top 3, to everyone’s surprise. Had someone told you that MAD Lions would beat the likes of Origen and Rogue coming into 2020, you would’ve probably laughed them out of the room. MAD’s potential was undeniable but the notion of them finishing third so quickly into the season seemed nigh impossible. In the end, however, they persevered and solidified their spot as one of the most peculiar and exciting teams in the entire region. They’re the next breed of LEC talent.
What’s expected: No one’s quite sure, but a finish near the very top of the standings is perfectly plausible. They didn’t make any change to their starting line-up (which is definitely a plus) and will now have six months’ worth of experience — an invaluable time that allowed them to build synergy and trust in one another. One simply has to expect a more polished version of MAD Lions every time they step foot on the Summoner’s Rift.
What’s realistic: It all depends on how well Origen and Rogue adapted during the off-season. If they improved and realized their inherent potential, then the fight for Top 3 is going to be fiercer than ever. MAD Lions could very well end up in third place yet again, but there are too many variables at this point to go for any concrete prediction.
Where they were: Top 4, with both good and abysmal performances sprinkled throughout the entirety of the Spring Split. You never really know whether they’re good, bad, or somewhere in between. Their play often fluctuates to such a degree that it defies logic and reason. Still, at their best, they’re one of the most potent teams in the region. Their style of play might not be that suitable for the current skirmish-heavy meta, but they’ve managed to find quite a fair bit of success with their more subdued, macro-oriented playstyle. Despite their solid performances, they were never able to crack the former and current “Kings of Europe,” at least not when it mattered the most
What’s expected: This depends on your allegiance. Are you an Origen fan? Then you’re probably expecting a lot (and are bound to get disappointed). If you’re more of a realist, then you’re expecting them to hover near the top of the region with a couple of spectacular games sandwiched between those that are anything but. This means a finish in the Top 5 is all but guaranteed, but how high they’ll soar remains to be seen.
What’s realistic: They’ve had more than enough time to synergize and realize their biggest strengths. This line-up has many exceptional players and we’ve seen them dominate and pop off to the highest of levels throughout the last couple of years. Still, when paired together, they’re just not good enough to compete with the likes of G2 Esports and Fnatic. In other words, they’re the perennial LEC gatekeepers. A spot in the playoffs is all but guaranteed, but there’s a burning question in the air: is it enough?
Where they were: Fifth place. Not too good, not too bad. That’s Rogue in a nutshell. Much like Origen, they’re brimming with talent and potential but there always comes a time when they fumble and fail when it matters the most. When they’re playing their best League of Legends they can give anyone a run for their money; when that fails to be the case they’re a pretty negligible challenger. They’re volatile in every sense of the word which makes being a Rogue fan quite a challenging journey. Still, they fight for every inch of the Summoner’s Rift and have all the right tools to compete and trade blows with the best teams the LEC has to offer. Whether or not they can get the win is less important at this point. They’re entertaining if nothing else.
What’s expected and realistic: A spot in the Top 6 and a bigger splash in the grand scheme of things. Ever since this Rogue line-up (most of it, at least) came together last Summer Split, fans and analysts alike saw their potential and what they were truly capable of. Much like MAD Lions, Rogue — at their best — represent the next wave of European talent. They’re young, hungry for success, mechanically gifted, but also rough around the edges. If they can iron their issues out in time, there’s no reason why they couldn’t climb the standings even further.
Where they were: Sixth place. No one thought Misfits Gaming had it in them, but fortunately, their undervalued line-up proved everyone wrong. With a grizzled veteran in the mid lane and the Rookie of the Split in the jungle, Misfits Gaming took the LEC by storm and had one of the more impressive win streaks of the 2020 regular season. Of course, once other teams caught up, Misfits plummeted in the standings almost overnight and were never able to be quite as dominant or clean.
What’s expected: Seeing how they brought Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup back to European soil, one simply has to expect a more dangerous and layered Misfits Gaming over the coming months. They’ve effectively solved their biggest issue (a weak bottom lane) and are now poised to leave an even bigger mark in the grand scheme of things. For Misfits, 2020 has already been a seismic success and things can only improve going forward.
What’s realistic: At best, a finish in the Top 4. This would require their line-up to grow and develop at a fairly quick pace, but it’s far from impossible. With such a veteran AD carry under their banner, there’s no reason why they couldn’t overtake Rogue or even Origen in the standings. Then again, this is quite a big “what if” scenario, and Misfits — as a whole — still don’t deserve our blind trust and benefit of the doubt.
Where they were: Just outside the playoffs. Excel Esports was, at best, a very competitive challenger that punched way above its weight class. At worst, however, they were the seventh-best team in the LEC. They have very obvious strengths and even more glaring weaknesses, which means that if a team prepares well and enters the pick and ban phase with a plan, they won’t have much trouble against this somewhat underwhelming roster. Their biggest asset is arguably their head coach, and other than a fairly solid bottom lane duo, there’s not a lot to be excited about. Still, they’re a dangerous challenger when the stars align and should be able to create quite a bit of chaos early on in the Summer Split.
What’s expected and realistic: A repeat of Spring. They’re just not good enough to compete for a spot in the playoffs, which means they’re bound to end up on the outside looking in. Still, they’re an aggressive bunch with a penchant for early game skirmishing, so don’t expect them to roll over just because they’re the underdogs.
Where they were: Near the very bottom of the standings. Schalke didn’t exactly have a good start to 2020, but at least they were able to persevere and get a couple of wins on the board by the end of it all. Perhaps more importantly, they were able to improve and grow as a five-man unit. Well, after they made a couple of key changes in the jungle and bottom lane. By the end of the split, Schalke was a solid five-man unit and they had the chops to prove it too.
What’s expected and realistic: At worst: a repeat of Spring Split. At best: a finish near the Top 6. Schalke’s line-up might not instil you with fear and respect, but they have what it takes to compete and tango with the rest of the LEC gatekeepers. Whether or not that’ll be enough to climb any higher remains to be seen.
Where they were: 10th place. Vitality was, without a shadow of a doubt, the worst team in Europe — by far. Their early games gradually improved, but you could always bet that they would implode sooner rather than later. Once the mid-game came around, they failed to translate their leads (on the rare occasion when they had them, that is) and were always punished hard by teams who simply played better League of Legends.
What’s expected and realistic: At best, a finish one or two spots above last place. They did make a couple of changes to their starting line-up so at least there’s some hope they’ll improve, but you’d be smart not to hold your breath.
Where they were: Ninth place, with a couple of okay games and more than just a few abysmal ones. SK Gaming was a bottom-tier dweller, and their play left a lot to be desired even when they managed to impose their playstyle. Mediocrity across the board.
What’s expected: Deterioration. SK Gaming will start the 2020 LEC Summer Split with a slightly different line-up, but none of the changes they’ve made instil us with confidence. One could argue that they’ll be ever weaker than before.
What’s realistic: Ninth or 10th place. For SK Gaming, 2020 has been a resounding failure, and their current line-up tells the same tale as well. No hard carries, no superstars, no incredible synergy to speak of. If they gel in record time they might be able to make a splash early on, but that’s also an optimistic stretch.
That’s it for our 2020 LEC Summer Split teams breakdown! The full schedule is already online, so head over to Riot’s official website to see when your favorite teams are scheduled to compete!