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In 2020, MAD Lions became infamous for their failed Play-ins run at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship. They were team from a major region to ever fail to advance to the main event. Now, two back-to-back domestic titles and one top four Mid-Season Invitational finish later, Europe’s ferocious cubs have matured, and MAD Lions’ support Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser said they’re ready for revenge.

Both Upcomer’s staff and an AI ranked MAD Lions as a top five team heading into Worlds 2021. Despite a loss against Team Liquid on Day 1 of the group stage, they’re still projected to, at the very least, escape Group A and move on to the next stage. However, there are still plenty of games left to play throughout the stage, and anything can happen.

In addition to giving their players the best tools to hone their skills for the biggest tournament of the year, the MAD Lions organization has been especially vocal this year about protecting the mental health of players and staff. Following MAD’s loss against Team Liquid, Upcomer sat down with MAD’s support king to chat about the ways in which the org is helping the players mentally prepare for the event and what went wrong in their loss today.

Kaiser also spoke about some of MAD’s interesting content endeavors in Madrid, Spain from before the tournament, including an opportunity to shop for a team-wide wardrobe buff at El Corte Inglés and a chance to appear on Spanish national television.

“As a non-Spanish speaker, I was kind of confused sometimes because I couldn’t really understand it,” Kaiser said. “But I think the atmosphere was really great.”

MAD Lions play Gen.G on Day 2 of the group stage at approximately 1 p.m. ET. They will have a rematch against Team Liquid on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. during the second round robin.

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