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Biggest 2021 LEC Spring Split Takeaways




Petar Vukobrat
in League of Legends | Apr, 15th 2021

The 2021 LEC Spring Split is officially over and there are many conclusions and takeaways we have to go over! Before we delve any deeper, one thing needs to be said: this most recent split was undeniably one of the most exciting ones in the region’s history. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here! Everyone played their part. For the first time in what feels like an eternity, we saw huge sweeping changes in the status quo! 

MAD Lions are the current LEC champions. Right behind them are Rogue — yet another young, potent line-up that has shown immense growth and potential. G2 Esports and Fnatic, on the other hand, are currently ranked third and fifth, respectively. Now, there’s nothing overly wrong or shameful with their current position, but it is indicative of the tectonic shifts that are currently taking place. For the first time in a while, they’re the ones playing second-fiddle. And, frankly, it’s a strange sight to behold

Whether the “Kings of Europe” will eventually bounce back is anyone’s guess at this point, but one thing is for certain: fireworks are all but guaranteed! So, with that little introduction out of the way, let’s start with our biggest 2021 LEC Spring Split takeaways!

Complacency Comes At a Cost

As they say, reaching the top is “easy” — staying there is what’s hard. Sooner or later, we all become complacent. It’s human nature, after all. In the case of G2 Esports, though, one could argue that they endured and persevered as champions much longer than expected. 

First of all, consider this: G2 had won four splits in a row. They had a couple of stellar showings on the World Championship stage and even became the first Western team in history to hoist the Mid-Season Invitational trophy back in 2019. They were universally praised, loved, admired, and revered for their immense creativity and mechanical prowess. They could, by all means, “bend” the rules of the game at will and were capable of pulling off the most mind-blowing sweeps and reversals most of us ever had the luxury of witnessing

Why would they try their hardest day in and day out? They were already more accomplished than any team that came before them and will probably go down in history as the best and most successful Western team of all time. Would you try your hardest if you were in their position? Of course not! They were so darn better than most of their peers and had won the vast majority of their titles without breaking a sweat. The buffer between them and the next team “in line” was far too great, so it’s easy to understand why they became complacent. 

At a certain point, G2 started resting on their laurels. They didn’t play as much solo queue as they needed to. Their mechanics deteriorated. Their preparation became less thorough, and eventually, they ended up with a bad read on the meta. 

By the time they decided to put in the hours and potentially correct course, it was far too late — MAD Lions and Rogue had too big of a head start. Moreover, they grew and developed in hugely important ways, which eventually allowed them to trade blows with a titan like G2 and — despite all odds — emerge victoriously. 

If G2 takes their “fall from grace” in stride, the upcoming Summer Split will be one to remember.

There Are Some New Kids on the Block

MAD Lions and Rogue have finally done it; they’ve etched their names in LEC history — a region that was for so long dominated by only two “kings.” Doing so is worthy of the utmost praise and commendation. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here — their success (MAD Lions’ especially) cannot be overstated enough. 

And, even better, we have watched their growth with open eyes. We know darn well of the many times they failed, both regionally and, as of late, internationally. Their triumphs did not come easy, and they deserve all the hype and praise they’ve been getting. To compete on even footing with the likes of G2 and Fnatic and actually win out is simply mind-blowing. For the longest time, such a thing seemed nigh impossible, and yet here we are — on the brink of a new LEC status quo, one that is no longer dominated by just a handful of players. 

And boy, is it an exciting time to be a LEC fan! Hopefully, they’ll be able to ride this momentum into the Summer Split and continue blowing our minds in all the right ways. We know for a fact that G2 and Fnatic are motivated — perhaps now more than ever — to avenge their losses. Will these “younglings” deliver now that they’re the ones being preyed upon, or was their recent surge just a flash in the pan? 

There’s no definitive answer in sight just yet, but we’re all dying to find out. 

Rogue Are the Real Deal

Everyone’s talking about just how incredible MAD Lions are, but a lot of praise needs to go Rogue’s way as well, which is one of the biggest 2021 LEC Spring Split takeaways. Most folks thought they would be the ones getting their hands raised, but it seems as though it just wasn’t meant to be. They had a 2-0 lead in the series and let it slip away tells us two important things. They need to work on their mental to preclude these throws from happening in the future and have the tools to become LEC champions, but they still need a bit more time to gestate before reaching their full potential.

Now, one thing needs to be said: MAD Lions beat them fair and square. The boys in white and gold adapted. They found an avenue for success and delivered when it mattered most. But had Rogue been just a bit more resilient, had they had more presence of mind at the moment, they would’ve gotten away with the win. We’d be singing their praises instead of MAD Lions’. 

It was truly a game of inches. Had it been a Best of 7, things might have turned out differently. That’s the thing with Best of 5s that go the distance — it doesn’t necessarily mean the best team overall emerged victoriously. That’s why so many folks love the double-elimination format: it’s slightly more forgiving and allows for the most mind-blowing twists and redemption arcs to happen.

Now, whether MAD Lions really are better than Rogue is a debate for another time and place. They got the “W,” so any discussion seems rather redundant, but the gap between these two fledgling teams isn’t nearly as big as some folks would lead you to believe. 

… And So Are MAD Lions

No one has the right to take anything away from MAD Lions. Their backs were against the wall, and yet they still found the strength and resilience to persevere. Whenever a seasoned line-up manages to pull off a reverse sweep, no one’s overly surprised — veteran players have been through it all. They are often equipped with ample mental fortitude and a solid enough psyche not to crumble under pressure. But to see MAD Lions, a team that is still so young, traverse the treacherous (and for them somewhat unexplored) realm of Best of 5s with such ease and vigor is simply astonishing. 

It is, by all means, indicative of their immense talent and long-term potential. 

Most of their players were in a jovial mood between games two and three, despite being 0-2 on the scorecards. They were on the brink of defeat, yet they stayed composed and came up with an unexpected avenue for success: İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek’s Wukong. Such incredible twists and reversals of fate have mostly been reserved for G2 Esports. It only fits, then, that MAD were the ones who ultimately ascended the throne. 

Now comes the hard part: defending it against a slew of highly motivated challengers. 

Change Is Happening

As far as the LEC is concerned, 2021 will long be remembered with these Spring Split takeaways. First of all, the G2 dynasty finally came to an end. That alone is worthy of the history books. But that isn’t the only thing worth mentioning — a slew of young, promising challengers finally matured enough to give the “old guard” a run for their money. MAD Lions and Rogue — two of their most prominent representatives — went a step further and dethroned the “Kings of Europe.” Still, Schalke 04, Misfits Gaming, and SK Gaming all deserve a shoutout as well. 

We finally see the fruits of their labor. Some of them, of course, are better than others, but they’ve all grown and developed, which is the only thing that truly matters. This is an exciting time for the LEC as we’re witnessing a changing of the guard. For some odd reason, perhaps subconsciously, we thought such an occurrence would be accompanied by a lot of noise (i.e., a spectacle), probably in the form of a seismic upset, but that’s not the case. As with so many other things in life, change happens gradually. We go from one era to another without ever really noticing it. Only in hindsight can we analyze and draw our conclusions. 

With each new split, these underdogs and perennially undervalued contenders grow in the most nuanced ways. At first, their incremental improvements don’t amount to much until they eventually stack up. These players are always adding new tools to their arsenal and eventually, on some distant day in the future. They’ll put their best foot forward and leave a mark, much like MAD Lions and Rogue. And, frankly, we can’t wait to see it happen. 

The seasoned veterans need to step up — complacency will no longer be tolerated. Europe has no shortage of talented young players. By the looks of it, they couldn’t care less for the multi-year-long narratives and larger-than-life personas which are so abundantly present in the LEC; they want a piece of the spotlight. They’ll fight their hearts out to get it.

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How to complete Flashback Coutinho SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team




EA Sports added a 90-rated Team of the Season (TOTS) Flashback version of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team on May 8. This item is available through the squad-building challenge (SBC) menu in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

This is Coutinho’s first special card. EA added this Flashback version to celebrate his inclusion in FUT 20 Team of the Season So Far (TOTSSF). He’s also a part of this year’s LaLiga TOTS promotion and will be available until May 16.

EA has greatly upgraded all of Joaquín’s skills, which include his Pace (+20), Physical (+13), Shooting (+11), Passing (+10), Dribbling (+9), and his Defending (+9) when compared to his 83-rated gold version.

This SBC costs around 529,300 FUT coins on PS4, 520,700 on Xbox One, and 623,500 on PC. This card is fairly priced when you look at his great stats. But he can also make strong links with other incredible players, like 98-rated TOTY Messi, 94-rated TOTS Casemiro, 94-rated TOTS de Jong, and Brazilian legends such as Pelé, Ronaldo, and Garrincha.

If you want to complete TOTS Coutinho SBC, you’ll have to turn in two squads: Die Bayern, Seleção, and League Finesse. The first segment requires an 84-rated squad with 75 chemistry minimum, one Inform card, and at least one player from Bayern. The second one needs to be an 86-rated squad with 60 chemistry minimum, one Inform, and at least one player from Brazil. Finally, the third solution asks for an 87-rated squad with 50 chemistry minimum and at least one player from Bundesliga.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete TOTS Philippe Coutinho right now, according to FUTBIN, a website that specializes in FIFA content.

Die Bayern

  • GK: Péter Gulácsi 85-rated (RB Leipzig)
  • LB: Eden Hazard 83-rated (Real Madrid)
  • CB: Jérôme Boateng 82-rated (Bayern Munich)
  • CB: Konrad Laimer 82-rated (RB Leipzig)
  • RB: Hakan Çalhanoglu 86-rated (Milan)
  • CDM: Axel Witsel 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CDM: Marcel Sabitzer 83-rated (RB Leipzig)
  • CAM: Julian Brandt 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • LM: Raphaël Guerreiro 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • RM: Koen Casteels 83-rated (VfL Wolfsburg)
  • ST: Andrej Kramarić 82-rated (Hoffenheim)


  • GK: Andrea Consigli 86-rated (Unione Sportiva Sassuolo Calcio)
  • LB: Nicolás Tagliafico 84-rated (Guangzhou Evergrande)
  • CB: Paulo Dybala 88-rated (Juventus)
  • CB: Stefan de Vrij 84-rated (Internazionale)
  • RB: Oscar 83-rated (Shanghai SIPG)
  • CDM: Bruno Fernandes 87-rated (Manchester United)
  • LM: Son Heung-min 87-rated (Tottenham)
  • RM: Gareth Bale 83-rated (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • CAM: Dele Alli 83-rated (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 87-rated (Arsenal)
  • ST: Rui Patrício 84-rated (Wolverhampton)

League Finesse

  • GK: Alisson Becker 90-rated (Liverpool)
  • LB: Roman Bürki 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CB: Michał Helik 86-rated (Barnsley)
  • CB: Ederson de Moraes 94-rated (Manchester City)
  • RB: Rui Patrício 84-rated (Wolverhampton)
  • CDM: Wilfred Ndidi 84-rated (Leicester City)
  • LM: Raphaël Guerreiro 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM: Axel Witsel 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM: Koke 85-rated (Atlético de Madrid)
  • RM: Daniel Parejo 85-rated (Villarreal)
  • ST: Iago Aspas 84-rated (Celta de Vigo)

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Pokémon fans collaborate to make incredible Pokémon Adventures Sinnoh concept trailer




In a collaborative effort between multiple Pokémon fans, artists, musicians, and editors, content creator millenniumloops has released another trailer concept that reimagines how one of the upcoming Pokémon games could look.

In the past, millenniumloops released a trailer that reimagined how Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl could look in full 3D using assets from previous Pokémon games. 

This time, they took the traditional Diamond and Pearl and combined it with elements of Pokémon Legends: Arceus to create a visual concept for Pokémon Adventures Sinnoh. This included full 3D landscapes for many locations in the Sinnoh region, like Oreburgh City, the Valley Windworks, and the Distortion World from Pokémon Platinum

The trailer also showed customization and accessory options, such as letting Pokémon wear scarves and other themed items or bringing back the Poké Ball Seal mechanic, which would use visual effects to change the animation of a Pokémon being sent out into battle. 

Millenniumloops and the team behind the trailer reimagined some of the gameplay elements too, using the Legends: Arceus battle system to provide a more involved look and some voice acting in the battle between Flint, one of Sinnoh’s Elite Four members, and Dawn. That battle also included fan concepts and models for what a Mega Infernape and Mega Empoleon could look like. 

The team even went a step beyond and showed aspects of the various Mythical Pokémon events that lead to encounters with Darkrai and Shaymin. 

The entire concept trailer is incredibly well made and had a lot of work put into it. But, as millenniumloops themselves noted, the entire thing is just an animated concept. It’s in no way a game and was made using mostly animation and editing software, including Blender, After Effects and Photoshop, which makes it closer to fan art than anything related to a fan game. 

But even though the trailers are just concepts and fan art, millenniumloops plans to keep creating them moving forward. 

“I want to thank you all for your love and feedback,” millenniumloops said. “I make these so I can inspire and motivate other creators/developers and to give you all a peek at what could someday be the future of Pokémon games as I try to be part of it. This is just the beginning of a long series, so stay tuned as much more is to come in the future.”

You can find a link to everyone who contributed their music, art, and voices to the Pokémon Adventures Sinnoh game concept trailer in the description of the video. 

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How to complete TOTS Moments Barrenetxea SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team




EA Sports added an 89-rated Team of the Season (TOTS) Moments version of Ander Barrenetxea from Real Sociedad to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team today. It can be obtained by completing a set of squad-building challenges (SBC).

This is Barrenetxea’s first special card. He’s part of the LaLiga TOTS promotion. TOTS celebrates and highlights the best players who had a large impact on their respective clubs in the different leagues across Europe. Player Moments cards are used to celebrate a special match or season that a specific player had in the past. EA created this Player Moments card to celebrate Račić’s superb inside-the-box goal against SD Eibar.

EA massively upgraded all of Barrenetxea’s stats, including Shooting (+26), Physical (+25), Passing (+21), Pace (+13), Dribbling (+9), and Defending (+6), when you compare this new card to his 73-rated silver version. You can complete this SBC until May 15.

This is a good card with balanced skills. TOTS Moments Barrenetxea has four-star skill moves and weak foot. You can further elevate his quality by applying the marksman chemistry style, which will increase his Dribbling (+8), Shooting (+5), and Physical (+5), maximizing many of his skills, like his Finishing, Shot Power, and Dribbling.

This SBC costs around 208,700 FUT coins on Xbox One, 208,150 on PlayStation 4, and 256,450 on PC. The price is fair for this card, but it still doesn’t have anything too special to justify spending your fodder on it unless it fits your playstyle.

If you want to complete TOTS Barrenetxea SBC, you’ll have to turn in two squads: La Liga and 85-Rated Squad. The first segment requires an 84-rated squad with 65 chemistry minimum and at least one player from LaLiga. The second one just asks for an 85-rated squad with 60 chemistry minimum.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete TOTS MomentsAnder Barrenetxea currently, according to FUTBIN, a website that specializes in FIFA content:

La Liga

  • GK: Koen Casteels 83-rated (VfL Wolfsburg)
  • LB: Nicolás Tagliafico 84-rated (Ajax)
  • CB: José Giménez 84-rated (Atlético de Madrid)
  • CB: Jan Vertonghen 83-rated (Benfica)
  • RB: Thomas Meunier 81-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CM: Koke 85-rated (Atlético de Madrid)
  • CM: Axel Witsel 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • CAM: Raphaël Guerreiro 84-rated (Borussia Dortmund)
  • LW: Mikel Oyarzabal 84-rated (Real Sociedad)
  • RW: Jesús Corona 84-rated (Porto)
  • ST: Raúl Jiménez 84-rated (Wolverhampton)

85-Rated Squad

  • GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma 85-rated (Milan)
  • LB: Jorge Grant 85-rated (Lincoln City)
  • CB: Milan Škriniar 84-rated (Internazionale)
  • CB: Leonardo Bonucci 85-rated (Juventus)
  • RB: Danilo Pereira 82-rated (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • CM: Christian Eriksen 85-rated (Internazionale)
  • CM: Arthur Oliveira Melo 84-rated (Piemonte Calcio)
  • LW: Adem Büyük 85-rated (Yeni Malatyaspor)
  • RW: Pizzi 84-rated (Benfica)
  • ST: Romelu Lukaku 85-rated (Internazionale)
  • ST: Paul Mullin 85-rated (Cambridge United)

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Skys breaks down 1-vs-4 clutch vs. BDS: ‘I waited patiently for my opportunity’




Alexander “Skys” Magor arguably made the play of the first day of the Six Invitational 2021 group stage.

Early in DarkZero’s Rainbow Six Siege match against BDS today, Skys was left alone against four members of French juggernaut BDS. Had Skys lost the round, BDS would’ve tied the score at 3-3 on their attacking half, a substantial win on Kafe Dostoyevsky. But Skys isolated each player in succession and, to cap it off, won a gunfight against superstar Stéphane “Shaiiko” Lebleu.

“I just remember that Kyle [“Mint” Lander] had died… I honestly don’t remember everything,” Skys said during a post-match press conference. “My teammates communicated where most of the people were… I just waited patiently for my opportunity.

Regardless of precise memory, Skys’ one-vs-four clutch resonated with fans and is widely regarded as one of the best plays of the day. DarkZero went on to lose the map in maximum overtime, however, with a scoreline of 8-7.

Skys also said he’s grateful for international competitions to return. “For like a four-month span, we were literally only playing SSG and TSM,” he said.

Another early loss to FaZe Clan put DarkZero at 1-2 on day one of the group stage. DarkZero went down 5-0 to FaZe in the opening half of the day but fought their way back to a respectable 7-4 loss. Head coach Brandon “BC” Carr said slow starts are normal for DarkZero, though, and it’s something they’ve been working hard to improve on.

“Our comms take a little while to get going… we got penalized and got too far behind to really come back,” BC said. “We didn’t necessarily change the game plan or anything like that. We knew how we wanted to approach FaZe, it just took a while for us to start firing.”

DarkZero are going to have to find a way to start quicker against their next opponent. They take on the red-hot Team Empire on May 13 at 4am CT and can’t afford to drop many more maps. If DarkZero don’t finish in the top four in their group after the round robin has completed, they’ll be facing a single-elimination tournament as opposed to the double-elimination safety net given to those in the top four.

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