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First ever in European LoL esports: Neither Fnatic nor G2 in playoff finals

Published: 18:59, 10 April 2021

New kings have replaced the old kings in the European League of Legends during Spring 2021 as both Fnatic and G2 have been knocked out before the playoff finals.

Ever since the inception of EU LCS, which later rebranded to LEC, Fnatic and G2 Esports have been the dominant organisations. If it's not one dominating the league, it is the other, and both organisations have won Spring and Summer playoffs on numerous occasions. Neither Summer nor Spring split finals in EU LCS/LEC have ever happened without one of these teams in them.

That era came to an end on April 10, 2021. Schalke 04 had already taken one king of Europe down by knocking out Fnatic, only to be eliminated by Rogue in the next round. MAD Lions knocked G2 to the lower bracket during the same weekend S04 were escorted out.

One week later, the lower bracket would conclude with a match between Rogue and G2, the big one that would decide which team goes to the finals to face MAD Lions. While everyone expected G2 to get their famous second wind, which happened before in case they got knocked to the lower bracket, it was not meant to be.

The series started well for them but RGE would not hear of it and the team strung three victories to knock the EU giants out, opening the door to a new era, where the new kings rule.

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Maybe it is too early to announce such a thing but a narrative about new kings has been around in LEC for a while now and it's RGE and MAD who will usher a new age without Fnatic or G2 on top.

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