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Rogue are the first team to qualify to the 2021 World Championships by defeating Misfits 3-2 in the League of Legends European Championship playoffs on Friday and finishing top three. They have booked their ticket to China and will either play in the World Championship main event or the Play-in stage, depending on if they win their next series against either MAD Lions or G2 Esports. Rogue will represent Europe at Worlds for the second year in their history as a team.

The LEC is the first region to lock-in its Worlds representatives as the rest of the regions await playoff results or are still competing in the final week of their regular season. The 2021 World Championships start date or specific host city has yet to be announced from Riot Games.

Misfits will move onto the LEC playoff lower bracket to face the winner of Fnatic vs. Team Vitality on Aug. 20. Rogue will play MAD or G2 in the LEC playoff semifinals on August 21.

Rogue best Misfits in first LEC playoff series

The best-of-five series went the distance as both teams took games off each other. Rogue eventually prevailed in the final match, beating their opponent in 31 minutes. In Rogue’s winning games, they decisively took control early and ran those leads into two easy wins in Game 1 and 2. Misfits, on the other hand, took one scrappy win in Game 2. The gold lead went back and forth but they eventually won the game in just under 30 minutes after they secured Dragon Soul. Their second win in Game 4 was a bit less scrappy as they gained an early lead and did not let Rogue back into the game at all.

The fifth and final game saw an even start in the early game as the two teams traded objectives and kills back and forth. Misfits took the first two drakes then pushed that lead into Dragon Soul but Rogue won the mid-game by taking Baron and winning fights thanks to Kacper “Inspired” Słoma’s Viego. The jungler even earned a penta-kill in one pivotal fight.

Rogues will move onto the international while Misfits must fight for their playoff, and Worlds, lives in the LEC lower bracket.


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


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