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MAD Lions have overcome a late 6,000-gold deficit in Game 5 against Rogue to win the 2021 League of Legends European Championship. The team made history on April 11 by beating Rogue 3-2, becoming the first team outside of Fnatic, G2 Esports and Alliance to win the European title. İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek claimed the series MVP award after being instrumental in the team’s comebacks and engages on Wukong.

MAD Lions will represent the European region at the Mid-Season Invitational at Reykjavík, Iceland starting May 6.

Rogue went up 2-0 early

Rogue went up 2-0 in the series quickly as Kacper “Inspired” Słoma and Steven “Hans sama” Liv brought the team two wins. Hans sama on Varus in both games had absurd damage output. He and his lane partner Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus dominated their lane with multiple early kills. Inspired on Hecarim was a force in game 1 with a 2/0/6 score line. His second game was less impressive, but still instrumental, as he notched a 1/4/7 score line.

Rogue won the first game in 35 minutes after a back-and-forth mid game. They took control after claiming their third Drake off of a massive team fight around the objective.  In game 2, Rogue came back after MAD took the lead because of a team fight at 24 minutes. MAD claimed four kills, Baron, three towers and a Drake off of the fight win. But, Rogue came back off of some smart Baron calls and a disastrous fight at the Dragon pit at 44 minutes. Both teams wanted the Dragon Soul as they each had three Drakes, and Rogue claimed the Soul and fight. They ended the game shortly after.

MAD Lions win three straight to become LEC champions

In the third, and possibly final, game, MAD went back to comfort and power picks. Armut picked his patented Wukong while Marek “Humanoid” Brázda returned to Orianna. The game was close, but the two carrys for MAD put up good stats and fights to take the game in 35 minutes. Armut finished with a 6/1/3 score line and Humanoid went 8/2/5. Game 4 was a more measured affair as MAD was in control then entire game with the quickest game of the series at 23 minutes. Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla, the Rookie of the Split, had a great game 4. He dominated the jungle with a 5/1/6 score line on Udyr.

Game 5 was shaky for MAD. At one point, Rogue had a 6,000 gold lead. It was Humanoid on Viktor that helped close out the game. He, along with Elyoya on Volibear, and their teammates outfought Rogue in the final minutes of the game to make the comeback.

MAD will take on other league champions in May at MSI to fight for an international title.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter