Ahead of the LEC Summer 2020 split, representatives from many of the league's teams took part in a press conference in which they talked about the coming split and the battle for the four Worlds spots on offer for European teams this year.
The 2020 season has been a year with unique challenges, with the league moving online for the end of Spring and at least the beginning of the Summer split.
Origen’s Enrique ‘xPeke’ Cedeño spoke on the challenges of competing online instead of at the LEC studio, explaining that the lack of the usual match environment with a live audience meant that players had to focus more on differentiating between practice and real competition.
“The players had to focus on differentiating practice from the real game, because when you are playing where you practice it becomes really hard to make that difference.”
Despite the challenges, 2020 also offers an opportunity for Europe to establish itself as the premier region in the world, with four LEC representatives attending Worlds for the first time. Many eyes will undoubtedly be on reigning champions and 2019 Worlds finalists G2 Esports to lead the charge and perhaps finally secure a Worlds victory for Europe.
LEC Summer will see Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković and Rasmus ‘Caps’ Borregaard Winther switch positions once again, returning to the bot and mid lane respectively. G2 Esports CEO Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez discussed the effects of burnout on the team, stating that the role swap of Caps to ADC and Perkz to mid that occurred at the start of 2020 would likely not have happened if the team hadn’t been burnt out after Worlds 2019.
“At the highest level, what creates the difference is a lot of small things repeated many times as opposed to one big thing… I don’t think a role-swap would have happened in Spring Split if we would have, frankly, not burned out in Worlds. All of these things are small things that help us keep fresh.”
Representatives from Fnatic, MAD Lions, Misfits, Rogue, and Vitality also discussed their preparations and goals for the remainder of the 2020 season. Check out the full press conference, and stay tuned to Dexerto for more LEC coverage.