Throughout the 2022 LEC Summer split, the European League of Legends scene has been a rollercoaster, with several top teams battling at the top of the league standings, and a handful of underdogs brawling for the final spot in the upcoming playoffs.
The game is over, yet there are three teams left tied in sixth place. Every single decision in the season will depend on it, from drafting to in-game strategies. Each game will determine whether or not you will get a miracle run for the ages or sit at home with no one to blame.
The LEC will be sure to entice plenty of laughs, tears, and cheers whether you're a Fnatic fan looking for a reason to smile, an Astralis fan who is only a Jeonghoon devotee, or a fan of general chaos.
This is the top of the LEC superweek's exciting plots.
Holding on by a Hylissang
Fans and experts pinned Fnatic as a surefire top three team from the start of the year until the 2022 World Championship. It made sensethey had some of the best players in the region making up what should have been a simple championship contender.
All of these expectations could only be achieved on paper. It was straightforward to add up the All-Pro nominations, playoff appearances, and championships on this roster and think, "Winner."
But they are on the verge of missing the playoffs altogether after failing to advance to the 2022 LEC Spring Playoffs unceremoniously at the hands of G2 Esports.
According to Oracles Elixir, the entire team has struggled to maintain consistency in their play over the many stages of games. These figures, on top of their disappointing average gold difference of 83 at 15 minutes, aren't good enough.
Fnatic's supercharged bot duo Upset and Hylissang isn't as reliable as previous seasons. For example, Hylissang is the league leader with 53 fatalities, but many have been unforced errors and mistimed engages that have left people scratching their heads.
Fnatic have only won two games in the second half of Summer, and for them to make it to the playoffs, it will take a massive turnaround against three of the most popular teams in the LEC: Astralis, Team Vitality, and red-hot Misfits Gaming.
A miracle is required, but a reality check might be in the future.
Jeonghoon against the World
Jeonghoon, an Astralis Korean rookie supporter, has helped the team and their chances of a first playoff appearance, but he has also won the hearts of European League supporters with his cheerful demeanor and passion for the game.
With a big smile on his face, the 22-year-old would jump out of his chair and toast his teammates.
Gleichzeitig, he continues to wow the audience with big-time performances on a slew of League champions, including Rakan, Bard, Tahm Kench, and Pyke.
@Jeonghoon__lol's Pyke is SICK! #LEC pic.twitter.com/9BwWa33bi
He is willing to die for the victory and is unfavorable about launching a fight if he sees an angle. He may need to learn to control his aggression from time to time, but it's much easier to train than forcing a timid player to enter the game.
Astralis has also found the greatest success they have had since joining the league, with their jungler Xerxe leading his role in KDA, kill participation percentage, average damage to champions per minute, and has some of the best early game statistics of any LEC jungler.
The league has gained another underdog squad to cheer for whether they make a wild playoff run or get thrown early.
About that four-way tie
The majority of the LEC's top teams have looked nothing but consistent heading into the playoffs, which is both equal parts exciting and troubling for European League fans. Multiple strong rosters have displayed incredible highs and shocking lows throughout the summer, causing a frenetic battle for a decent seed.
Rogue was the undisputed best team in Europe at the end of week four. However, as soon as the second round robin started, they fell from grace like an anvil in a Looney Tunes show. Over the last three weeks, they have only won two games against SK Gaming, Astralis, G2, and Misfits.
Vitality went the other way, finishing the first half of the split with a mediocre 5-4 record. Many expected this team to win the league, but instead they fell out of the gate. With the bar now set at a new low for the largest LEC roster ever seen, the team has finally begun to show signs of life by winning four of their last six games.
Misfits Gaming and G2 Esports are two of the finest league teams, with the former on a four-game winning streak, while the latter has only lost two games in the last three weeks.
Weve seen these two teams fall on the road to the playoffs as well, putting everyone's opinions into the mix.
This last weekend will be crucial in generating some much-needed momentum throughout the rest of the competition.
After all, the wolves are chasing them down.