Six heavyweight European challengers entered the LEC 2021 Summer playoffs, but only one could leave as this season’s champions — and it was MAD Lions who rose above the rest to take the crown.
- MAD Lions Take down Fnatic 3-1 to win LEC two splits in a row.
- Fnatic manages to make finals after starting in lower bracket.
- Rogue was the first team to qualify for Worlds 2021.
Ten became six, and in the last three weeks five more teams were eliminated throughout the playoffs as MAD Lions became the European Summer champions.
The Lions battled their way through a half-dozen other contenders to make it to the double elimination bracket. Not only do they take home the Summer title, they’ve also locked in one of three available spots at Worlds 2021 in China later this year.
Going into the final stretch Rogue and G2 Esports were touted as the teams to beat in the LEC finals. But like history has shown time and time again, it was truly anyone’s game, leading to MAD Lions mounting an impressive title defense.
— LEC (@LEC) August 29, 2021
It was through a monstrous performance from the likes of Irfan Berk ‘Armut’ Tukek and Javier ‘Elyoya’ Prades Batalla, who both looked solid in their first years in the LEC.
While Armut has experienced the bright lights of Worlds before while in Turkey, all eyes will be on this MAD Lions roster — on home turf no less — to try and turn it up after a hopeful showing at MSI.
Fnatic and Rogue will join MAD Lions at Worlds 2021, with Rogue starting in Play-Ins after finishing third overall.
LEC 2021 Summer playoffs: Recap and scores
The opening round of matches took place on August 13-15. Upper bracket matches — Rogue vs Misfits, MAD Lions vs G2 Esports — opened up the Summer playoffs. Fnatic and Vitality started their postseasons in the lower bracket.
The Summer grand final was held on August 29. The title series was played at the LEC Studio in Berlin without fans in attendance.
Round 1 — (August 13 — August 15)
|Friday, August 13||Rogue 3-2 Misfits||9AM||12PM||5PM|
|Saturday, August 14||MAD Lions 3-1 G2 Esports||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Sunday, August 15||Fnatic 3-2 Vitality||8AM||11AM||4PM|
Round 2 — (August 20)
|Friday, August 20||Misfits 2-3 Fnatic||9AM||12PM||5PM|
Round 3 — (August 22)
|Saturday, August 21||Rogue 0-3 MAD Lions
Loser’s Round 3 — (August 22)
|Sunday, August 22||G2 Esports 2-3 Fnatic||8AM||11AM||4PM|
Loser’s Finals — (August 28)
|Saturday, August 28||Rogue 0-3 Fnatic||8AM||11AM||4PM|
Grand Finals — (August 29)
|Sunday, August 29||MAD Lions 3-1 Fnatic||8AM||11AM||4PM|
— LEC (@LEC) August 29, 2021
LEC 2021 Summer playoffs: Qualified Teams
All six LoL teams have now submitted their playoff lineups, with the roster lock for the Summer playoffs coming at the conclusion of the regular season.
|Misfits Gaming||Agresivoo / HiRit||Razork||Vetheo||Kobbe||Vander|
|Team Vitality||SLT / Szygenda||Selfmade||Lider / Milica||Crownshot||Labrov|