The matchup between G2 and Rogue had actually been slated to be the very best of the LEC Spring Split– and their video game today certainly did not disappoint.

Although not rather the most well-executed, pixel-perfect game League of Legends fans were expecting, the match provided distinct drafts, nail-biting unbiased trades, and a late-game fiesta befitting the two finest teams in the LEC. Rogue combated hard, but G2 took the victory in a 50-minute match, leaving the teams tied for first in the LEC standings.

A video game surrounded by as much hype as this one is worthy of an extreme draft. Rogue secured the unconventional Vayne/Gragas bot lane against Rekkles’ iconic Jhin. All three champions have actually seen little to no presence in the LEC bot lane up until now this split. G2 contributed to the insanity with a Quinn badger the top side for Wunder, and after a week of teasers from various G2 members, Nidalee was locked in for Jankos.

The video game left to an explosive start, with heavy skirmishing in the bot lane resulting in very first blood for Hans sama followed by a kill for Rekkles. With both teams chalking up eliminates on the board, the game quickly accelerated in G2’s favor. Despite Rogue getting 2 early dragons, G2 maintained a constant gold lead that brought them through to a comfortable mid-game advantage.

However G2 got arrogant, and on an almost game-ending push into Rogue’s base, they ran one by one into a sea of Larssen’s sand soldiers. With a now-fed Azir in the mid lane, Rogue briefly staunched the bleeding of their poor early video game, pressing G2 out of their base and partly resetting.

Regardless of Rogue’s best shots, their reset was inadequate. They traded Mountain Soul for Baron Nashor, however even buffed-up Baron minions failed to stop the G2 attack on their base. After a bloody 50 minutes, G2 took success in among their strongest provings of the split up until now.

This video game was a statement from G2. Many doubted their capability to carry out versus Rogue in the leadup to this series, and this performance went a long way to silencing those doubts. Their next game will protest Astralis on Feb. 19, where they will seek to pull ahead of Rogue and safe and secure sole belongings of top place in the LEC.