The LEC has continued to fire shots at the LCS ahead of the two leagues clashing in Rift Rivals 2019.
Some of the best European and North American League of Legends teams are set to face off in Rift Rivals, and the commentators for their respective leagues have been getting in some trash talk before their teams meet in-game.
The two leagues went head-to-head in a rap battle, with Daniel ‘Drakos’ Drakos representing the LEC and ‘CaptainFlowers’ representing the LCS, but it seems the LEC isn’t content with stopping there.
Now, Andrew ‘Vedius’ Day has taken aim at the LCS with a mock analysis video titled “Level Down”, in which he compares their teams to players in the Iron IV division, the lowest rank in League of Legends.
Vedius begins by stating that, as the Iron IV division actually features fewer players than challenger division, the LCS is doing its best to emulate this even more “elite” group, before highlighting several plays that show off LCS teams using Iron IV tactics.
The video hits on several classic criticisms of the LCS, with Vedius highlighting LCS teams’ tendency to disregard side lanes for the classic “NARAM”, as well as some dubious summoner spell usage, and call backs to some of the most infamous fails in LCS history.
The LEC didn’t stop there, however, with Trevor ‘Quickshot’ Henry also taking an opportunity to fire some shots at the North American league and its fans by playing on the clown makeup meme in which a man is seen progressively applying clown makeup and props alongside increasingly outlandish statements.
For Quickshot’s version, he himself took the place of the clown, in a video that sees him being transformed into a clown as he recites classic ‘copypastas’ about how good the North American sides are.
Rift Rivals will see North America represented by Team Liquid, TSM, and Cloud9, while G2 Esports, Fnatic, and Origen will compete for Europe.
The competition will kick off with a group stage on June 27-28, in which each team will play every side from the opposing region, before concluding with a playoff on June 29 with a best-of-five “relay race” in which every team must play at least once.