MonteCristo predicts Rogue as a “heavy favorite” going into the LEC playoffs

With the LEC Playoffs beginning on March 26, the cast of Dexerto’s The Jungle met to discuss expectations of who will be crowned Spring 2022 European champions.

The playoffs season is upon us again and the battle for a spot at the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational begins around the world. Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykkles, Christian “IWDominate” Rivera and host Daniel “DGon” Gonzales had some surprising predictions this week’s episode of The Jungle who will represent their region at this year’s first international tournament.

It’s always hard to predict what a team’s performance will be like in a playoff format. Especially in regions like the LEC that use best-of-ones throughout the regular season, as the introduction of multi-game series can significantly impact a team’s performance.

A best-of-five allows for more draft innovation, more creative champion picks, and more opportunities for surprises. More importantly, teams from the LEC will advance to the playoffs after a three-week hiatus, giving teams ample time to refine their strategies and prepare surprise picks for the opening round of the playoffs.

Rogue more stable than ever?

This statement by Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykkles may not sound too surprising. Rogue finished the regular season in first place, why shouldn’t they be favorites to take home the Spring Championship title?

That is, until you remember Rogue’s troubled past. They notoriously struggle with best-of-five formats and only made it to a single playoff final despite being one of the strongest teams in the LEC on paper. But MonteCristo is confident they will do well with runners-up Fnatic, who look like their main rivals for the title.

“Even though Fnatic looked strong at the end of the split and even won their last matchup against Rogue, I’m still confident that Rogue will be extremely stable and cheap in this meta. I think they will be able to leverage some of Fnatic’s strengths when they face them in the finals.”

Rogue has chosen to face Misfits in the first round of the playoffs. Misfits have looked surprisingly strong in this split, with their star mid laner Vincent ‘Vetheo’ Berrié making it to the LEC’s Spring 2022 All Pro list as an All Pro mid laner.

But they are currently 0-2 against Rogue, losing their two spring split games against the team. MonteCristo predicts Rogue as a “heavy favorite” going into the LEC playoffs

Emma Bowman

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