G2 Esports are set to extend their era of European dominance in the 2020 LEC Summer Split after it was recently revealed that Caps and PERKZ will be role swapping again ahead of the second half of the season.
Since the moment the current roster was formed, G2 Esports have been an unstoppable force in Europe winning three consecutive LEC titles as well as lifting the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational trophy. One major factor of the team’s era of success is the players’ relaxed attitude, particularly Rasmus “Caps” Winther and Luka “PERKZ” Perković who will be swapping roles for the second time this year in preparation for the Summer Split.
G2’s decision to move PERKZ to ADC to make room for the transfer of Caps from rivals Fnatic was initially met with confusion and doubt from LEC fans, but they were soon proven wrong as the G2 bot laner went on to establish himself as one of the best ADCs in the world that season. And so, it came as a huge shock when it was announced in December that Caps would be taking over from PERKZ in the bot lane after such an exceptional year for G2 Esports which involved three trophies and one runners-up medal.
Nevertheless, G2 weren’t made to rue their mistake in the 2020 LEC Spring Split as they went on to win their third consecutive European title and match Fnatic’s all-time total of seven EU trophies. However, this championship run wasn’t as convincing as the previous two, and Caps came under fire for some poor performances during the regular season which has led to the Dane’s return to the mid lane ahead of the Summer Split.
G2 looked strongest with PERKZ in the bot lane and will be favorites to lift the LEC and Worlds trophies as a result of the latest role swap.
PERKZ’s return to ADC will be met with relief and optimism for G2 fans following a rocky Spring Split which convinced many that the off-season role swap was a poor decision. By no means did Caps play badly – in fact, he performed about as well as expected for a player transitioning to a completely new role – but why waste all the growth and development from 2019 with PERKZ in the bot lane?
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In the 2019 LEC Summer Split, PERKZ boasted a +731 gold difference at 15 minutes as G2’s AD carry, offering an excellent source of damage and being one of the primary carries for the team. Compare this with Caps’ -42 gold difference at 15 minutes in the 2020 LEC Spring Split and it’s clear to see why G2 looked so different after the off-season role swap. Caps simply could not yet be relied on to carry and offer an outlet for his team as an ADC.
PERKZ revolutionized the bot lane after making his switch last year and brought “Uma Jan” to the global stage, competing with and defeating some of the best AD carries League of Legends has ever seen. Caps will undoubtedly reclaim his place as the #1 mid laner in Europe during the Summer Split and will go on to solo kill Faker, Doinb, and Rookie at the 2020 World Championship. This role swap is clearly the correct choice for G2 Esports.
G2 have had their fun in the Spring Split and still managed to clinch yet another LEC title despite their struggles to adapt to the new set up.
However, with the teams around them growing stronger, Worlds on the horizon, and a chance to overcome Fnatic and become the most decorated organization in European League of Legends, it’s time to get serious. That begins by reverting to the strongest iteration of the roster with Caps in the mid lane and PERKZ as ADC.