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G2 Esports vs. Rogue 9/5/20 - 2020 LEC Summer Split Picks & Predictions

Rogue vs G2 Esports Odds & Info

Game Rogue vs G2 Esports
Date & Time Saturday September 5, 2020, 11:00 AM (EDT)
Latest odds
1.47 at Pinnacle
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G2 Esports vs. Rogue isn’t exactly the most premier match-up on paper, but in reality, it’ll be far more competitive and entertaining than any of us could’ve expected coming into the second half of 2020. G2 Esports are obviously favored, but after witnessing Rogue dismantle MAD Lions in one of the most one-sided Best of 5s of the year, it’s fair to expect a much more competitive clash that could, potentially, go the five-game distance. 

The unexpected thing about Rogue is that they successfully flipped the script when no one expected them to. They’re not exactly one-dimensional, but you always knew how Rogue wanted to win — you knew their win conditions and most potent avenues for success. Once their series against MAD came along, however, they did a complete 180 and outclassed the Lions across the board. They still won primarily through their mid and jungle duo, but the fashion in which they played and the champions they went for took everyone by surprise. 

Larssen and Inspired, in particular, popped off beyond measure. The latter was once again back to his old playmaking self, and was able to take control of the series right from the very get-go. He dismantled MAD’s Shadow without breaking a sweat, and his Swedish ally in the mid lane did pretty much the same against Humanoid. They were all over the map, constantly pressuring and snowballing leads en route to a dominant win. In short, Rogue did nothing wrong and were instead playing about as cleanly as you can expect from a line-up not heralded as the “Kings of Europe.” 

G2 Esports, on the other hand, dropped a closely contested Best of 5 to their perennial adversaries. They took too many risks, they forced more often than they should’ve, but it’s impossible to fault them for it — that’s at the very core of G2, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Fortunately, the defending LEC champs will get yet another chance at taking down Fnatic if they manage to beat Rogue on Saturday. 

Here’s the thing. The boys in blue are incredibly talented and they have a bright future ahead of them. That’s pretty much a fact at this point. And they’ve grown and improved admirably over a very short period of time — a true testament to their inherent talent and work ethic. But they pale in comparison to G2 Esports and Fnatic. We’ve seen MAD and Rogue face off against the “Kings of Europe” mere weeks ago and they were outclassed and dismantled with staggering ease. When it’s a Best of 5 and when both teams have time to prepare, experience tends to become the determining factor — and G2 has that in spades.

We’re siding with the defending champions on this one, as it’s the only logical option. That said, it’s probably going to be a lot closer than most people expect.

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