MAD Lions have become the fourth-ever European champions after pulling off a sensational reverse sweep over title favorites Rogue in the LEC Spring 2021 grand finals, punching their tickets to MSI 2021 in Iceland next month.
- MAD Lions pull off reverse sweep after Rogue win first two games.
- Victors join Fnatic, G2 Esports, and Alliance as fourth-ever LEC champions.
- 3-2 win earns MAD Lions spot in Iceland at MSI 2021.
LEC Spring 2021 looked set to be a two-horse race between G2 Esports and Rogue.
It took all five games in Berlin, but the young MAD Lions roster defied that script, pulling off a stunning 3-2 reverse sweep against their favored rivals.
Rogue opened their finals account early, moving to a 2-0 lead as Trymbi and Inspired set a tempo on Summoner’s Rift that MAD Lions just simply couldn’t compete with. Instead, they brought out their answer in the Game 3 draft — a cocky “3-2, reverse sweep” claim from İrfan “Armut” Tükek, and Wukong top.
— Bolulu (@BoluluLol) April 11, 2021
It was a draft-change gamble that paid off for the young Lions.
Armut went on to claim 11 kills and five assists on the Monkey King in the next two games to force it to five. Once there, Marek “Humanoid” Brázda came alive on Viktor, piling on seven kills, five assists, and dishing out an incredible 28k to lead MAD Lions to the European throne.
MAD Lions will now prepare to represent the LEC at MSI 2021 in May.
LEC Spring 2021 Playoffs: results & schedule
Opening Week for the LEC Spring 2021 Playoffs began on March 26. The playoffs ruan all the way through to Saturday, April 10, where the LEC Spring 2021 champion and MSI representative — the MAD Lions — were crowned European champions.
The new format saw the team’s knocked down to the lower bracket have to make a deep run, while the top 4 only had three BO5’s separating them from MSI.
Day 1 (Lower Bracket Round 1) — Friday, March 26
|Fnatic 3-1 SK Gaming||10AM||1PM||5PM|
Day 2 (Upper Bracket Round 1) — Saturday, March 27
|G2 Esports 3-2 Schalke 04||9AM||12PM||4PM|
Day 3 (Upper Bracket Round 1) — Sunday, March 28
|Rogue 1-3 MAD Lions||8AM||11AM||3PM|
Day 4 (Lower Bracket Round 2) — Friday, April 2
|Schalke 04 3-0 Fnatic||9AM||12PM||4PM|
Day 5 (Upper Bracket Semifinal) — Saturday, April 3
|G2 Esports 1-3 MAD Lions||8AM||11AM||3PM|
Day 6 (Lower Bracket Round 3) — Sunday, April 4
|Rogue 3-1 Schalke 04||8AM||11AM||3PM|
Day 7 (Lower Bracket Final) — Saturday, April 10
|G2 Esports 1-3 Rogue||8AM||11AM||3PM|
Day 8 (Grand Final) — Sunday, April 11
|MAD Lions 3-2 Rogue||8AM||11AM||3PM|
LEC Spring 2021 Playoffs: final placements
|Placement||Team||Prize Money (EUR)|
|4||FC Schalke 04||€20,000|
LEC Spring 2021 Playoffs: teams
Below are the starting rosters for all six LEC teams competing in the Spring 2021 Playoffs.
|FC Schalke 04||BrokenBlade||Gilius||Abbedagge||Neon||LIMIT|