Rogue have actually been playing exceptionally calm and gathered League of Legends in the opening weekend of the LEC. After removing Excel Esports the other day, they looked to much tougher challengers in Fnatic for the region’s Match of the Week. The pair’s history looked grim for Rogue, who were knocked out of the LEC’s 2020 Summer Playoffs by Fnatic in a tidy 3-0.

But today Rogue proved those playoffs to be ancient history, with a tidy 28-minute triumph that saw Fnatic appearance completely lost on the map. The game never ever felt like it was out of Rogue’s control, and from minute one it looked as though they had Fnatic precisely where they desired them– minus some jungle shenanigans in the early game. Spearheading that triumph was mid laner Larssen, who appeared as unwinded as ever after his group’s fast triumph.

Larssen’s Twisted Fate was one of the highlights of the game for Rogue. The Card Master had actually been keeping a relatively low profile in the season 11 meta prior to the start of the LEC, but Larssen validated the choice in an interview with Dot Esports.

” We got stomped by Damwon Gaming at Worlds with Twisted Fate, and because then I have actually been on the TF hype train,” Larssen said.

It looks as though Rogue fans have ShowMaker to thank (partially) for Larssen’s performance today, as the mid laner put on a 6/0/12 masterclass into Nisqy’s Galio. Larssen’s constant usage of Fate to use international pressure made space for Inspired to work his magic on Pantheon. The duo created chaos across the map for Fnatic, who, in spite of securing some early kills from jungle skirmishes, were unable to truly equate those eliminates into a meaningful lead.

Rogue’s mid/jungle duo was the team’s strong point throughout their reign of dominance in the 2020 Summer Split, however this video game was the second installment of what has been an outstanding launching for Trymbi and Odoamne on the roster. Trymbi selected up his signature Rakan for some risky, low-health engages that simply appeared to settle each and every single time. With the meta power choice of Kai’Sa for Hans sama, Rogue’s bottom lane duo were everywhere on the map at when, with their high mobility enabling quick rotations to chaotic skirmishes throughout the map.

This video game puts Rogue at a 2-0 opener together with G2– a strong start for an organization that till last year was considered one of the LEC’s weakest. After their Worlds run, perceptions of Rogue have actually definitely changed, however Larssen stated he’s unfazed by these neighborhood expectations. To him, the viewpoints of outsiders are a distraction from the “bubble of improvement” Rogue have actually produced on their own.

” I don’t really feel any pressure,” he said, “due to the fact that I’m not actually on social networks and I do not truly like to hear what individuals need to state about us.”

Disregarding the pressure is simple when you’re winning; it may be a little more hard for Fnatic to disregard the social media protest after their 0-2 opening run. The group looked uncharacteristically disorderly, and Rogue were able to make fast work of them from the first minutes of the video game. This, Larssen explained, was partly down to the strength Rogue got in the drafting stage.

” It was a little bit of a common Yamato draft, where he gives actually overpowered picks to the enemy group,” he stated, highlighting the coach’s predisposition for strange restrictions considering that his days on Vigor. “Fnatic is rather a weird group. They’re a fan of taking huge coinflips and you can see a great deal of inting going on … in some cases they get stomped, and in some cases they will stomp.”

It was Rogue that did the stomping this time around, and they’ll be looking to ride that momentum into a 3-0 start in the LEC’s opening incredibly week. Rogue will face SK Video gaming in their next video game on Jan. 24.