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We're back in the old world. It's League of Legends competition at its best. LEC Finals 2023 continues.
The European League of Legends Regional Finals is the first tournament of its kind. Previously, such events were held only in South Korea and China, but now they have made their way to Europe.
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the event, because at stake at once 4 tickets to the Worlds 2023. However, the format is very specific, because after winning the first round of the top grid teams go to Worlds 2023.
This was the case with G2 and MAD Lions. Both teams beat their opponents in the first round of the play-offs and have already guaranteed their place at the South Korean Worlds. However, the battle for the cup has not been cancelled, and I'm sure it will be a great one.
We are trying to find out which of the European top clubs will be the first to qualify for the LEC Finals 2023 Grand Final, and who will be sent to the lower part of the tournament grid.
G2 Esports uniforms
Let's start the analysis of the match for the LEC Finals 2023 Grand Final by analysing G2 Esports' form. In this match, the Samurai are in the role of favourites.
Bookmakers are clearly on the side of G2 Esports. In this match, the odds for their victory is at around 1.2.
We should not be surprised by this state of affairs. G2 are and most likely will be the best team in Europe.
At the beginning of the season "Samurai" reached the capital of Great Britain to participate in MSI 2023 by winning the LEC Winter. Then G2 made it to the Grand Final without much trouble, also beating MAD Lions quite easily
At LEC Spring 2023, G2 Esports played worse. They entered the play-offs of the tournament from the second match of their group, making it to the bottom of the play-offs. While there, they played against the Lions again, but were unable to repeat the success of the LEC Spring 2023: G2 Esports dropped out of the LEC Spring 2023 playoffs, but made it to the Mid-Season Invitational 2023.
- G2 Esports roster: BrokenBlade, Yike, Caps, Hans Sama, Mikyx .
Play-In for G2 Esports is successful and even easier than BLG's. G2 Esports didn't feel LOUD and easily shut down PSG Talon, beating both clubs 2-0.
Things were no longer as rosy in the Bracket Stage. In the first round, G2 Esports played Gen.G, probably the main contender for the championship title, and managed to take a card from them, which in the realities of today's competitive scene is more than good.
In the bottom set, G2 Esports met their main rival, MAD Lions. The European derby on the international stage ended with a confident victory for G2, confirming them as the best team in the LEC.
At the end of the only international event so far, G2 Esports finished in the top 6. The result is a good one.
Before the LEC Finals, the Samurai took another trophy to their headquarters. It was the trophy for the victory at LEC Summer 2023, where G2 easily defeated EXCEL in the Grand Final.
In the first round of LEC Finals 2023, G2 Esports played against Team BDS. The Frenchmen gave a fight, but failed to pull more than 1 map.
The most popular G2 Esports champions
Gragas (3 matches, 66% wins) is on the top line.
In the forest either Belveth (2 matches, 100% wins) or Maokai (2 games, 50% wins) or Gragas (2 matches, 50% wins).
On the centre line variety: Yasuo, Sylass, Cassiopeia, Sejuani and Yone have appeared in spades once each and won their game.
Of the shooters, Varus (3 matches, 33% wins) are playing.
On Support Nautilus (2 matches, 50% wins), Nami (2 matches, 50% wins).
MAD Lions uniforms
We continue our review of the match to reach the LEC Finals 2023 Grand Final with a look at the MAD Lions uniforms. The Lions are playing second fiddle in this encounter.
Bookmakers confirm MAD Lions are behind, and a serious one at that. The odds for MAD Lions victory are at around 4.2.
It's facto G2, no other way round. Although, to be fair, MAD Lions are clearly down after a successful spring split.
Since 2021, they've been a consistent winner of LEC splits, with a minor
with a slight adjustment for last season's failure. In 2023, the team took 2nd place at LEC Winter 2023 and won LEC Spring 2023, which we would like to pay special attention to.
By the LEC Spring split, it seemed like the MAD Lions were done. "The Lions made up for the tiebreaker in the group stage and barely made it to the group stage. There with fights, sweat and blood they reached the play-offs, where in the first round in a tough Bo5 they defeated their future rival - G2 Esports, but even there the misfortunes did not end: they needed to defeat Vitality (3-1) and make Reverse Sweep against BDS in the grand final.
- MAD Lions line-up: Chasy, Elyoya, Nisqy, Carzzy, Hylissang.
The Lions have a fighting roster, no doubt about it. They have proved it many times in practice, which, however, does not always lead to high performance, first of all on the international stage, but sometimes at home as well.
For example, MSI 2023 and top 8 there, which is good in principle, but the result at LEC Summer 2023 is already sad. At the last LEC Championships MAD Lions, the reigning Spring Split champions, crashed out at the Top 7 position, which is clearly not the level.
LEC Finals 2023 MAD Lions started with a match against EXCEL. Opening the summer split with a match against MAD Lions temporarily confirmed the thesis of a one-tournament team, losing to the "lions" with a score of 0-3 without a chance.
Most popular MAD Lions champions
Fiora (2 matches, 100% wins) and KSante (2 matches, 50% wins) appeared in the top for MAD Lions more often than others. Renekton (1 game, 100% wins) and Gnar (1 game and that defeat) were also taken.
Sejuani (3 matches, 66% wins) is popular in the forest. Next is Wukong with 2 appearances and 50% wins, and there was also Maokai who won his only match.
On the centre line, Viktor (1-1) and Akali (1-1) have 2 matches each. Azir and Sylas won their matches.
Among shooters Varus appeared most often (3 matches, 66% of wins). Lucian was picked 2 times (1-1) and Sivir was picked once more (1-0).
Thresh (1-1), Lulu (1-1) were picked more often than others. Nami and Ashe, who appeared 1 time each, won their matches.
History of head-to-head encounters
The teams have previously played each other multiple times over the course of the 2023 season. The MAD Lions won their last 5 matches in the Spring Split and the LEC Summer 2023 regular season.
The predicted result of the G2 - MAD Lions matchup at LEC Finals 2023
Taking into account the season-by-season play, and the overall performance of the teams throughout the season, it is clear that G2 is a few goals stronger than even MAD Lions.
I think the Lions can bite, but I don't count on 3-2, maximum - 3-1.
Bottom line: G2 3-1 MAD Lions.
All bookmakers have agreed that G2 Esports is the favorite. This can be noticed because odds on them are 1.193. This number in the favor of MAD Lions amounts 4.784. Respectively, the last ones are the underdogs of the upcoming match.
What the team performance statistics say
|Last Matches||G2 Esports||MAD Lions|
|5 matches (wins)||5||1|
|10 matches (wins)||10||3|
It will also be necessary to mention the history of face-to-face meetings between the opponents. The competitors have held 26 matches. In these battles G2 Esports got 15 victories while MAD Lions managed to take 11 matches.