The LEC should be entering the most exciting stretch of the year. We’re heading into the Summer Split playoffs, and for the first time in many years, there are legitimate questions about who will win the league and who will even make the playoff field. With storied teams like G2, Fnatic, and Origen struggling as of late and teams like SK surging up the standings, excitement for the LEC should be at an all-time high.
Instead, the LEC was forced to reckon with a self-inflicted mess, a failed partnership that was universally derided by Riot’s own staff and seen as a massive betrayal by many in the fan base. The league could be focusing on the players, teams, and games, but it’s had to issue statement after statement first canceling and then attempting to apologize for the deal.