Rogue advances to LEC Spring Finals with firm knockdown over Fnatic

After their first reverse sweep in the LEC Playoffs, Rogue secured their spot in the 2022 LEC Spring Split Finals 3-2, breaking Fnatic’s 2-0 lead that looked set to give them a place in the Finals.

European League of Legends fans tuned in to today’s LEC upper bracket final between Rogue and Fnatic, the first and second teams to qualify from the regular season, respectively. After two matches of Fnatic Domination, the Stealthy Rogue leapt from the shadows of their opponents to steal the win with a reverse sweep.

Game 1 of the series went the way most LEC fans thought it would. Fnatic played aggressively on the bot side of the Rift, getting substantial gold perks and early kills, while Rogue struggled to find beneficial plays despite several good plays from their players. In a home-and-away game marred by Fnatic’s late-game hesitations and Rogue’s blunders, Fnatic emerged victorious after 42 minutes, with three Barons and three Elder Drakes captured by the teams. And that was just the start of what turned out to be a five-game series.

After nearly conceding the opener to Rogue, Fnatic landed on the Rift more confident than before. Building a consistent gold medal and lead over Rogue, Fnatic dominated Game 2 of the series, showing not only a more refined version of their Game 1 plan, but also versatility to overcome tough situations. Despite selecting champions who would shine brighter in a teamfight, each member of Fnatic rose to the occasion, showing LEC fans their technical prowess and aggressive style that stunned Rogue. With a decisive and dominant second game, Fnatic got to the match point.

“After Game 2, we just said, guys, we can’t do it like this. We have to lose better if we want to lose,” Rogue head coach Simon “Fredy” Payne told Dot Esports. “And we completely changed. We drafted more aggressive stuff. According to the coach, the team’s main focus in Game 3 was the mid lane. Despite a surprising pick and an outstanding performance from Malrang on Hecarim , Rogue’s attention focused on the mid lane, where they drafted Sylas for Larssen.

Becoming more aggressive, Rogue roared against Fnatic, reaching the middle of the game with a small but growing gold advantage. But Fnatic wouldn’t back down without a fight, especially with a Jinx pick for Upset, who quickly overcame the gold and kill gap established by his opponents early in the game. and has consequences. If on the one hand, Rogue gained advantages by catching his enemies out of position. On the other hand, Fnatic took advantage of Rogue’s blunders to rebalance the situation. In the end, Fnatic’s Nexus collapsed under Rogue’s siege, making it 2-1.

Game 4 was Snape’s playground. A pivotal team fight erupted when both teams were on level one, and Malrang’s presence once again tipped the odds in Rogue’s favor. Stealing everything he could from the hands of Fnatic, Malrang’s actions ensured at least one kill per minute until the 15th minute. The game was totally beyond the reach of Fnatic, who struggled to find fault with any clean moves their opponents performed during the match. Game 4 was dominated by Rogue, who ended up with a screen winner in what was the shortest game of the series at just over 23 minutes, seconds shy of Game 5.

Both teams proved that an early lead was essential to winning the game, and in Game 5 Rogue seemed to jump on the aggressiveness needed to get ahead early. Fnatic struggled to come back, mostly due to the team’s lack of early game damage, and fell short. Rogue widened the gold and kill gap between the two, and when the team got the first Baron buff at 21 minutes, it was clear that Fnatic’s time was running out. They marched against Fnatic’s base, taking down tower after tower and Inhibitor after Inhibitor until only the Explosive Nexus was in front of them.

The first two games were proof that Fnatic had found a way to stop Rogue, with their aggressive style of play only being nicked by a few uncertain steps taken in the later stages of the game. Once Rogue matched his level aggression in Game 3 and paired it with their methodical style, it was difficult for Fnatic to find the winning formula.

By completing the reverse sweep, Rogue was the first team to secure a spot in the LEC Spring Split Grand Finals, securing themselves a chance to finally be crowned LEC Champions. On the other side of the table, Fnatic will have to wait until tomorrow’s game between G2 Esports and Misfits to find out who they will face next week for the final spot in the finals.