Week 1 of the League of Legends Championship Series 2021 summer split marked the professional debut of League’s newest champion, Gwen. Over the course of the weekend, she boasted a 100% presence throughout all picks and bans.
“I don’t know, I think the champion is really strong,” Finn “Finn” Wiestål, CLG top laner, said. “I don’t really like playing against it.”
FlyQuest top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie played the LCS’ first Gwen game on Friday, June 4 against Finn’s Gangplank. Going into Week 2, a total of four players had the chance to play the Hallowed Seamstress in the LCS, so far. And, she’s sitting pretty with a 75% win rate.
Since we can expect Gwen to be one of the most prioritized triple-flex picks throughout summer, we wanted to get an idea of which player would be the deadliest with the pick in their hands. Throughout the course of opening day, Upcomer asked every LCS top laner one simple question: “Who’s the best Gwen in the league?”
Who’s the best Gwen in LCS?
While a couple of players weren’t sure they’d seen enough of the champion to give an honest opinion, others didn’t flinch at the chance to add some spice to Week 2’s matches and throw down the gauntlet.
Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (TSM FTX): I don’t know who’s playing it better than me right now.
Aaron “FakeGod” Le (Dignitas QNTMPAY): Myself. I’m the best right now.
Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami (Cloud9): Me or [Luka “Perkz” Perković]. We were playing it in scrims and it looks extremely broken. I haven’t versed anyone that’s shown me their Gwen is that good either.
Colin “Solo” Earnest (Golden Guardians): With the way people are banning it, we won’t be able to find out for a while. I wanna say myself. I might be a pretty good Gwen player when I put in the time. [Laughs] Until I see other peoples’ Gwen, I’ll take the crown, I guess.
Mo “Revenge” Kaddoura (Immortals): Clearly, I’m the best Gwen in NA, at least for LCS top laners. [Laughs] I think that’s very obvious … I’ll show it hopefully, but probably not. I don’t think anyone will give me Gwen.
Licorice (FlyQuest): I think, in general, I’m really comfortable on the champion … I’d be really surprised to see someone who is significantly better at it than I was.
With all the banter laid out on the table, things are looking that much spicier in the top lane heading into Week 2 of summer. Throughout the rest of the split, we’ll be keeping track of which LCS top has the skills on Gwen to back up their talk.
Week 2 of the LCS starts on Friday, June 11 with TSM vs. 100 Thieves at 6 p.m. ET.