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G2 Heavy Favorite to Win LEC Spring 2021

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European League of Legends action returns on January 22 after a brief period of downtime due to the offseason and things are already looking worrying for anyone not named G2. 

For those who don’t follow League too much, the offseason means transfers and roster shuffles, and G2 definitely came out on top this year. The European champions secured a superstar signing and somehow made their dream team even stronger. 

But the LEC isn’t all about G2, and while they are a strong favorite for a reason, there are still a ton of exciting wagers that can be placed on the European competition in the weeks to come. 

Who’s Playing in LEC Spring 2021? 

LEC fans will be happy to hear that there have not been any major changes when it comes to organizations and we’ll still see the same 10 teams competing in 2021. There is one minor change, as Origen has rebranded to Astralis, but it remains the same organization under the hood. 

The biggest changes this year come in the form of roster moves. Every team has seen at least one player change and we’ll break down the most important ones below. Whichever team you are a fan of, though, you’ll likely still recognize them, just with a few fresh faces.

At the time of writing, there had been no changes to the usual LEC format, although other regions have seen their Spring Seasons extended to 10 weeks, so the same may very well happen to the LEC. 

Odds to Win LEC Spring Season 2021
G2 Esports-300
MAD Lions+1300
FC Schalke 04+3300
Excel Esports+5000
Team Vitality+6600
SK Gaming+8000
Misfits Gaming+10000

Odds as of January 22 at Bovada

G2 Looks to Dominate With Bolstered Roster

G2 is definitely the team to watch in the LEC this season, more than ever before. They come in at an astonishing -300 to win the Spring Season at Bovada and, frankly, the odds could favor them even more.

The team completed one of the biggest roster moves ever at the start of the offseason, signing Fnatic’s star bot laner Rekkles while sending Perkz to Cloud9 in the LCS. This was mind-blowing for most fans and it seems to essentially put the league in G2’s hands.

For the past two years, G2 and Fnatic have had a fierce rivalry, with G2 winning four seasons in a row while meeting Fnatic in the finals three times. Fnatic seemed to be the only team that could stop the LEC titans, but now with Rekkles moving to G2, the underdogs have only gotten weaker, while the favorites have further improved.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see G2 put on a display of force in the Spring Season and go undefeated, even if they throw in their usual “relaxed” style of play. The best bet is to not doubt G2 in Europe this year.

How Will Fnatic Cope With The Loss of Rekkles?

Fnatic has been second-best in Europe for a while now and unfortunately for them, losing Rekkles to G2 means they’re unlikely to overcome the champions any time soon.

Some fans have even raised questions over how well they’ll do in 2021, considering their two new signings. Fnatic picked up Astralis’ Upset to replace Rekkles and while he is a strong player, he doesn’t seem to reach the same caliber just yet. Of course, that’s to be expected considering Rekkles may well be the best ADC in Europe. 

The team also made a change in the mid lane, signing Cloud9’s Nisqy as a replacement for Nemesis. This was somewhat of a questionable move, considering Nisqy hasn’t really shown much of anything outside of the LCS and an organization like Fnatic should have the funds and reputation to attract some stronger talent.

Overall, it would seem that Fnatic had a pretty poor offseason when it comes to transfers and their squad looks noticeably weaker going into 2021. We may just see a shift in Europe’s power rankings this year.

Can MAD Lions Build on Their Successful 2020?

While the old favorites G2 and Fnatic managed to once again secure the top two places in the LEC in 2020, there was one team that stunned just about everyone.

The almost-all-rookie MAD Lions stormed the European league in 2020, causing upset after upset in both the Spring and Summer Seasons as they unexpectedly finished third and fourth respectively. This included wins over both G2 and Fnatic, and although they fell short in the playoffs, they still made huge waves during their impressive runs.

Going into 2021, the team has boosted their squad with two more rookie signings, while keeping their star players, and look to build on their successful year.

It’s of course impossible to tell how the league will turn out, but if you’re looking for an underdog to back, we’re very likely to see MAD Lions put up another incredible showing this year.