Rogue Inspired Announced as the 2021 LEC Summer Split MVP
Kacper “Inspired” Słoma, one of the most impactful junglers in all of Europe, has been awarded the highly coveted MVP award! It goes without saying, but Rogue’s investment into the future of the LEC really paid off (to say the least).
Inspired has been a standout performer for quite a while now, and the fact that he’s been so darn dominant in a region known for exceptional junglers is a true testament to his work ethic and astounding amount of talent. Whenever Inspired brings his A-game, there’s only a handful of junglers in Europe who can go blow-for-blow — and yet he’s only nineteen years of age. Needless to say, his best is yet to come.
Then again, history isn’t particularly kind to those who did extremely well but failed to hoist at least one trophy during their career. And that is precisely what Inspired so severely lacks, despite playing at the highest of levels for two whole years.
That’s sort of been Rogue’s M.O. in general: exceptional throughout the regular season, and then pretty darn mediocre (at best) once the playoffs come around. And, well, 2021 hasn’t been much different in that regard.
A Bittersweet Ending
Winning MVP didn’t help Inspired much in his fight against Fnatic last Saturday. In fact, it didn’t help him at all as Rogue were dismantled in as dominant a clean sweep as they come. They had good moments overall (mostly in game two), but they still paled in comparison to the boys in black and orange.
Heck, it was a night and day difference — as if it were a fight between a top-tier challenger and a struggling gatekeeper. Rogue did, to their credit, fight back, but at no point did you feel like they actually had a shot.
Be that as it may, their tickets to Worlds have already been booked, so even though they didn’t get the ending they were hoping for, at least there’s still a lot left to fight for. It’s not the best consolation prize one can imagine, but it’s not half bad either.
In any case, Inspired winning MVP is not only a great sign for this superbly talented Polish jungler but for Rogue as a whole, too. Their growth throughout 2021 has been immense and watching them trade blows with the who’s who of the LEC — and even become top-tier mainstays themselves — has been an absolute pleasure!
Hopefully 2022 will be the year they’ll finally go all the way and etch their names in history!