The LEC 2021 Summer Season has wrapped up after eight weeks of incredible action and some of 2021’s rookie class are celebrating, while others are licking their wounds. It’s been an unpredictable season, filled with ups, downs, upsets, and clean sweeps, but one thing that you could count on is this year’s rookies to pull out some fantastic performances.
With the regular season now finished, we’re taking a look at this year’s rookies and seeing how they stacked up – and give some insight into how they’ll fare in the playoffs.
Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus – Rogue
Rogue finished top of the standings this season, thanks in no small part to the synergy of botlaner Steven “Hans sama” Liv and support Adrian “Trymbi” Trybus. Trymbi appeared to overcome his nerves this season, providing the perfect backup for his ruthless teammate. As Rogue’s only rookie, Trymbi, of course, boasted the most wins of this season’s rookie crop, and he also had the most assists, racking up an incredible 160 over the course of the eight weeks, down slightly from 174 in Spring. No doubt this impressive performance will give Rogue some confidence in their first Playoffs match against Misfits Gaming.
Ersin “Blue” Gören – SK Gaming
There’s no gentle way to put this – SK had a rough season. After narrowly making it into the Spring Playoffs, the team failed to live up to their previous success during Summer, finishing in a disappointing ninth place with a record of 5-13. However, SK’s season had some standout moments – notably, their Week 6 victory over MAD Lions, which Ersin “Blue” Gören helped achieve with some beautiful stuns on Syndra while achieving a KDA of 6.0. Blue may have missed three games at the start of the season due to illness, but even without Week 1 under his belt, he still managed to beat his Spring record of 45 kills with a final tally of 47. We can only imagine how things would have gone if he’d played all 18 games.
Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié – Misfits Gaming
Misfits had a spectacular start to the season, and although they unfortunately couldn’t keep up the momentum through to the final stages, they still managed to finish at fourth place. Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié was instrumental in Misfits’ early-season success, putting in dominant performances with damage-dealers including Akali, Sylas, and his favourite, Syndra, who he used in five games across the season.
For proof of his prowess, you need look no further than his killcount, which finished at 85 – the highest of all this seasons’ rookies. He also demonstrated strong survivability, conceding 36 deaths across the eight weeks, also giving him the highest KDA of the group, at 10.4. Misfits’ first Playoffs match against Rogue will definitely be one to watch, with Vetheo’s impressive survivability going up against Trymbi’s penchant for scoring kills. İrfan “Armut” Tükek – MAD Lions
Fresh from representing Europe at the Mid-Season Invitational, Spring champions MAD Lions started shaky. The team didn’t have much chance to rest or practice between the end of MSI and the start of Summer, and with opening matches against G2 Esports and Fnatic, we can’t fault them for a few false starts.
With all this considered, Armut put in a terrific performance that was on par with his results in Spring. He maintained his high killcount, getting 51 kills to Spring’s 56, only falling slightly behind in KDA by suffering 55 deaths to Spring’s 45. We’ve seen that MAD can rise to the occasion when it comes to Playoffs, and Armut still has plenty of chances to show off his skills against the other top teams in Europe.
Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla – MAD Lions
Voted Spring’s Rookie of the Season, all eyes were on MAD Lions’ jungler Javier “Elyoya” Batalla coming into Summer. And he didn’t disappoint. While he didn’t quite reach the heights of his Spring rampage, Elyoya was still a force to be reckoned with, racking up 63 kills and a huge 133 assists for a KDA of 5.6. The jungler also had one of the most diverse champion pools of the year’s rookies, playing 10 different champions and even experimenting with new addition Viego.
In addition, Elyoya was instrumental in securing neutral objectives for MAD, allowing them to take the most Barons of every team in the league (20). Elyoya’s map controlling skills paved the way for botlaner Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság to wreak havoc on the frontlines. Keep your eyes on Elyoya during the playoffs, as he’ll no doubt make for some truly entertaining matches.
Adam “Adam” Maanane – Fnatic
Fnatic’s toplaner Adam “Adam” Maanane was the big rookie newcomer of Summer, transferring from LFL’s Karmine Corp to the major leagues in June. He had some big shoes to fill, too, stepping into the role previously fulfilled by Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, who himself moved to the jungle. However, the gamble seemed to pay off, as Fnatic showed a significant improvement over the previous season, winning more games and staying on par with their rivals in Misfits, G2, and MAD Lions.
Adam was a huge factor in this improvement, proving himself a world-class player in his debut LEC season. He finished up with 62 kills and a whopping 100 assists for an overall KDA of 3.5. Moreover, Adam showed excellent judgement throughout the season, positioning himself as an impenetrable frontline for the squad, and maintaining an average damage per minute of 489. We can’t wait to see how Adam develops as time goes on, and he’ll no doubt be one of the standout players to watch in his first LEC playoffs series.
Ilias “NUCLEARINT” Bizriken – Schalke 04
Last but not least, we have FC Schalke 04 Esport’s midlaner Ilias “NUCLEARINT” Buzriken, a French player who graduated from Schalke’s academy team. NUCLEARINT had a blinding start to the season, as Schalke took down G2 Esports in a Week 1 upset. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t keep up the momentum, and despite highlights like their victory over Fnatic, they sadly finished in last place.
Despite this disappointing result, the midlaner should hold his head high, knowing that he put in a solid performance in his role, racking up 49 kills, putting him easily in the same league as the season’s other rookies. It will have been a bittersweet moment for the player to complete his first season in the LEC as his team bow out of the league, but we have high hopes that NUCLEARINT’s LEC journey is just beginning.