The 6 Best Players ahead of LEC Summer 2021 Regular Season
The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) is in the final stretch of its regular 2021 season. With an entire split and MSI behind us, this season has so far been a story of shocking upsets and dethroned kings. The old guard has struggled to maintain their position at the top, as young guns rise to challenge for the championship.
In the chaos of the Spring Split and off season meta shifts a new list of players shapes the LEC. These players have thus far wowed fans with their remarkable displays of skill. They may not all be among the current leaderboard leaders, but their team’s ranking should not be their main measuring stick. Instead, these six players shine brightest from a combination of their individual mechanics, game awareness, and how significantly they impact the result of their matches. When it comes to any bet on League of Legends, these individuals should be your main choice.
Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság is the bot-laner for MAD Lions (MAD), currently reigning Champions of the LEC. Hailing from the Czech Republic, this 19-year-old prodigy reached the highest rank, Challenger, on the Western European server at the age of fourteen. He spent several years playing in the regional leagues and tournaments from 2016-2019. As soon as he became of eligible age heading into 2020, he entered the LEC with MAD.
Carzzy and the rest of MAD have continued from their strong top 3 finish in LEC 2020 Spring and Summer to dominate the 2021 Season. On MAD, Carzzy plays with a conservative style in the bot-lane. With aggressive teammates willing to take initiative, Carzzy does not risk his life by playing recklessly and instead plays with measured follow-up damage to successful engages. He shines most in team fights, positioning perfectly to safely output damage.
İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek is the top-laner for MAD Lions. The 22-year-old Turkish laning god debuted in the LEC with MAD Lions in 2021. He bring with him two trophies in the TCL league and has quickly become a fan favorite. Affectionately memed “The Most Handsome Player in the World” by friends and fans, Armut has re-shaped MAD Lions as a team this season.
While his teammates alternate between highs and lows, Armut always delivers. In a highly contested top lane dominance struggle in the LEC, Armut has come ahead of league veterans Bwipo and Odoamne in his “rookie” LEC season. When it comes to LEC betting, Armut has swayed the odds in favor of MAD Lions in over 7 matches thus far.
Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle is the support for G2 Esports. The 22-year-old from Slovenia spent his pre-LEC career as a substitute with Fnatic, before joining Splyce and Misfits for a seasonal split, and ultimately landing in G2 Esports in November of 2018.
Mikyx wowes his fans with his excellent play at the support position. He coordinates fantastically with both Jankos, and Rekkles to roam the map and secure early advantages. While in the lane, he controls the pace immaculately and can be trusted to aggressively engage or successfully disengage as the situation requires. Since joining the LEC, Mikyx has been a member of the LEC 1st All-Pro team in four out of five splits.
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson became the ADC for G2 Esports in 2021. After more then six years multiple trophies with FNC, the LEC sweetheart decided to move on to new adventures and rejoined his former teammate Caps on G2.
Since joining G2, Rekkles is characterized by his more passive and stable gameplay utilizing mainly Jhin to clutch out teamfights for his team. Rekkles as a player needs no introduction, having scored the highest amount of PentaKills in Europe, and being named the LEC MVP four times in total (Summer 2014, Summer 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2021).
Coming into the 2021 Summer Split, Rekkles seeks to pursue a Worlds slot with G2, and another shot at the Summoners Cup.
Emil “Larssen” Larsson is the mid-laner for Rogue. The Swede competed in grassroots and regional tournaments and leagues from 2016. He first broke into the LEC (then known as the EU LCS) as a short-notice substitute signing for H2K Gaming. In that short-lived period, Larssen won one of H2K’s two wins in the 2018 Summer season.
Larssen returned to the premier European League of Legends competition in the 2019 Summer on Rogue. He is coming into his own as a top mid-laner in a region once famous for elite players at that position. In 2021 Spring, he excelled at all key requirements of mid-laners: laning, split-pushing and team-fighting. It is his stable consistency which provides the backbone for the Rogue team to reach its current heights. His performance puts him near the top of our LEC Power Rankings 2021.
The mid-laner for G2 Esports needs no introduction. Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther remains the superstar of the LEC. Following his brief stint as a bot-laner for G2, Caps is one of the elite few players to have won championships on different teams and in different positions. This historic Dane is also one of the two non-Korean League of Legends players to have ever appeared in consecutive World Championship finals.
While G2 is struggling to regain their momentum in LEC, it is “Claps” who is keeping the team afloat while they try to correct their new issues. His immaculate talent, knife’s-edge gameplay, and superb laning and team-fighting make Caps a top mid-laner. Finally, his unparalleled ability to save games sets him above the rest as the best players in the LEC, as well as a strong conteder for the best League of Legends players in the world.
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