2020 LCS & LEC Summer Split MVP’s Announced
We finally know who’s the most important player in the LEC and LCS — G2 Esports’ Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Team Liquid’s Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in have both won the highly coveted 2020 Summer MVP award in their respective regions! No one should be overly surprised at this outcome, especially not given how dominant and impactful both individuals have been throughout the second half of 2020.
The fact that CoreJJ went from being a pretty darn mediocre AD carry in North America, to winning Worlds with Samsung Galaxy (now Gen.G), and then stringing four LCS titles in a row simply boggles the mind, even though it’s quite old news by this point. Getting two MVPs puts CoreJJ in a very elite club, and he’s more than worthy of the hype and recognition he’s been getting. His consistency and ability to pick off unsuspecting opponents at the most crucial moments in the game have been instrumental in Liquid’s recent return to form and subsequent ascension in the LCS.
The fact that Liquid finished third once all was said and done in no way diminishes CoreJJ’s immaculate performances. As the split progressed, the race for MVP started to heat up, with Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, CoreJJ, and Cloud9’s Robert “Blaber” Huang being the frontrunners. With Cloud9 imploding mid-split, however, many felt Blaber was out of MVP contention, and rightfully so. Had people known that Bjergsen would have such an incredibly dominant run in the playoffs, they would’ve probably been swayed to vote in his favor. Still, CoreJJ is more than deserving of the award — not only did he often push his team over the finish line but he also did so with a rookie by his side! Unfortunately, despite their valiant efforts, Liquid wasn’t able to bounce back and reclaim their LCS throne.
At least they’ll compete at the World Championship and represent North America — as far as consolation prizes go, that’s quite a good one!
In a League of His Own
Caps is universally considered as the best player the West ever produced. That’s quite a spectacular title, especially when you consider just how many exceptional players graced the LEC and LCS stages over the years. Still, Caps stands out in all the right ways, and it’s not even close. He’s one of the few players who can seemingly bend the rules of the game and pull off what seems nigh impossible.
The fact that he’s already a part of competitive League history after just four years of play in the LEC is a testament to his innate talent and ability to perform in high pressure situations. 2017 was the year he first signed with Fnatic, and he took little time to make a name for himself in one of the most competitive regions in the world. This is also his third MVP title — an insane number that ties him with Martin “Rekkles” Larsson.
What did Caps do to earn yet another MVP title? Well, in short, he dominated beyond measure, even when the odds were stacked against him. He was G2’s biggest catalyst, and he shined bright regardless of the champion he was on. That’s Caps in a nutshell, and strange as it might seem, he still has room to grow.
Unlike CoreJJ, however, Caps managed to go the whole nine yards and once again hoist the LEC trophy. He was the driving force behind G2’s (relatively) swift 3-0 sweep against Fnatic in yesterday’s Best of 5. Simply put, Caps did Caps things, and no one was left indifferent.
Our sincere congratulations to both players on their 2020 Summer LCS/LEC MVP titles! Hopefully they’ll find equal amounts of success (if not even more) once 2021 comes around.