The 6 Best Players in the LEC Summer 2020 Regular Season
The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) is in the final stretch of its regular season. With only three days of matches left to play, this season has 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 seven weeks, six players have stood out above the rest. These players have 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. Their game awareness, and how significantly they impact the result of the match.
Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság is the bot-laner for MAD Lions (MAD), currently tied first in the LEC. Hailing from the Czech Republic, this 18-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 to dominate in the Summer. 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..
— MAD Lions LoL English (@MADLions_LoLEN) July 3, 2020
Juš “Crownshot” Marušič is the bot-laner for SK Gaming, currently tied third at 8-7. The 22-year-old Slovenian debuted in the LEC under SK in 2019 and has remained a steadfast presence on the team through its highs and lows. Affectionately known as “Crownie” by friends and fans, Crownshot is the core holding a shaky SK together.
While his teammates alternate between highs and lows, Crownshot always delivers. His pinpoint accuracy with skillshots and his excellent spacing allows him to pour out damage and frequently is the linchpin by which SK succeeds or fails. In recognition of his key role, Crownshot currently leads the LEC Summer MVP race with 6 Player-of-the-Game awards.
Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser is the support for the MAD Lions. The 21-year-old from Germany spent his pre-LEC career on mousesports in the regional competition from 2018 to 2019. He joined the MAD Lions at the end of 2019 for the 2020 LEC season.
Kaiser has wowed fans and pundits alike with his excellent play at the support position. He coordinates fantastically with his mid-laner and jungler 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. His play awarded him the LEC broadcast team’s Mid-Split MVP award for Summer.
— LEC (@LEC) July 4, 2020
Zhiqiang “Shad0w” Zhao is the aforementioned jungler for MAD Lions. Of the team’s 10-3 record, Shad0w plays a prominent role in all of the team’s victories. The 22-year-old Chinese-Italian began his career in 2016 and played on various teams before landing on mousesports in 2019 alongside Kaiser. He then joined MAD alongside his support.
On MAD, Shad0w is characterized by his aggressive jungling to maximize the early game. He plays well off his laners and pairs with Kaiser to invade or counter-jungle and punish unprepared opponents. His signature Lee Sin is a terror at all points in the game and demonstrates his flashy playmaking ability at its peak.
— MAD Lions LoL English (@MADLions_LoLEN) July 18, 2020
Emil “Larssen” Larsson is the mid-laner for Rogue, tied for first in the LEC at 11-4. 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 2020 Summer, he excels 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.
— Rogue (@Rogue) July 31, 2020
The mid-laner for defending LEC champions G2 Esports needs no introduction. Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther remains the superstar of the LEC. Following his brief stint as a bot-laner in Spring 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 the playoffs race (tied third with a 8-7 record), 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.
— G2 Esports (@G2esports) July 25, 2020