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LEC power rankings: 2021 Summer Split week one

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The LEC shifted pretty heavily after week one of the 2021 Summer Split, with several teams rising from the dust to post shocking records. Misfits and Astralis surprisingly dominated the conversation during the split’s first week, while the recently-established triple threat of MAD Lions, G2 Esports, and Rogue quietly stewed in the background, all finishing with respectable winning records on the week. 

But there are eight more weeks on the board for the LEC and it’d be downright foolish to prematurely judge the landscape of the region after just three games. Still, the standings are moving and so are our power rankings.

Here’s how our rankings stand after the first week of play in the 2021 LEC Summer Split. 

Rank Team Rank change
1) MAD Lions
2) G2 Esports
3) Rogue
4) Misfits +3
5) Astralis +5
6) Fnatic -1
7) Team Vitality -3
8) Schalke 04
9) Excel Esports
10) SK Gaming -4

Oof, what’s going on here?: Excel Esports, SK Gaming

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Excel being in this section of our power rankings isn’t that surprising. This organization has never quite been able to stick the landing at the beginning of the season and the 2021 Summer Split has been no exception to that rule so far. Their performance can’t exactly be called shaky or sloppy or uncoordinated, though. Their problem is more that they never even seem to get started in their games. They have the lowest total of deaths in the league, according to Oracle’s Elixir, and also the lowest number of kills. Their games are bloodless but not in the methodical, zero-kill but with every tower on the map taken style associated with the heyday of the LCK. 

Excel also have the shortest average game time in the LEC, according to Oracle’s Elixir, an average largely brought down by two 25-minute, one-sided stomps. Excel are going to need some proactivity, and find it fast, if they want to hone in on that playoff spot that’s eluded them for so long. 

SK, on the other hand, are in a different boat. Their games are, on average, the longest in the LEC, according to Oracle’s Elixir. Every single loss could, at one point in the game, have been a victory—something that can’t be said for the team they share this tier with (sorry, Excel). SK’s problem come in their execution around major objectives, something that can fairly easily be explained by the fact that their jungler is off-role and their support hasn’t played consistently in the LEC since 2017. Their current record looks a little grim, but if SK can clean up their teamfighting, the bones of the roster are still strong. 

Still finding their way: Fnatic, Team Vitality, Schalke 04

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Most European League of Legends fans expected Schalke 04 to regress this split after losing their prized mid-jungle duo in Abbedagge and Gilius—and a 1-2 opening week record didn’t necessarily inspire much to alter their placement in the rankings. 

But Fnatic and Vitality saw their ranks change extensively this past weekend, largely thanks to the overachieving performances of Misfits and Astralis but also due to poor opening week performances of their own. Vitality, in particular, came in as the pre-split sweethearts only to drop two of their first three games last weekend. If Vitality are going to sneak away with a Worlds berth later this year, they’ll have to beat their main competitors—namely teams like Rogue and Misfits, both of whom Vitality lost to in week one. 

The same goes for Fnatic, who will need to learn how to close out big leads (like the one it had against Misfits last week) if they want to steal a shot at Worlds contention away from teams like Vitality, Rogue, and others. 

Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long until these two teams find themselves at each other’s throats. The midsection of the LEC could be decided by an early-split matchup between Fnatic and Vitality today. Expect that game to feature a fierce battle in the jungle between former teammates Selfmade and Bwipo trying to settle into new situations of their own. Selfmade is finding himself tasked with turning around a newly formed roster, while Bwipo is still settling into an entirely new role after playing his full career in the top lane position. 

Surprise of the summer?: Misfits, Astralis

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Misfits and Astralis probably weren’t two names that you were expecting so high up in the regular season standings after week one, but both teams performed well enough to have them standing taller than many of the competition. The biggest question, though, is which team of the two can maintain their form as we head into the rest of the first half of the season?

On one hand, Misfits’ roster has always had a ton of potential due to their youth and explosiveness but just lacked consistency due to inexperience. Their mid laner Vetheo stayed aggressive on picks like Akali and Viktor in week one and leads the league with 22 kills and only two deaths, according to Oracle’s Elixir.

Razork also had his hand in a lot of the team’s success, leading all LEC players with an 83.7 percent kill participation percentage. Even though their 3-0 start was impressive, they did face off against three teams that recently made big roster switches. As a result, their game against Rogue will be their first true test against a bonafide championship contender. If they can perform just as well against one of EU’s best, then we can start to place more trust in the Misfits.

When looking at Astralis, however, this team might be punching well above their weight at the moment. The team’s strength of schedule was pretty favorable for them in week one and almost each player had a significantly bad early game through the first week. They might have taken down Excel and SK, but they’ll be facing off against the G2 war machine this week. Unless they shock the world, we’ll probably see this squad quickly fall back down to Earth through weeks two and three.

The trio stands tall: MAD Lions, G2 Esports, Rogue

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The LEC’s top three teams on paper all finished with 2-1 records after the first week of play. And while MAD Lions, Rogue, and G2 Esports are all tied for second place right now, it shouldn’t be long until the league balances itself out and these three contenders shuffle back toward the very top. 

This week, G2 and Rogue will face off in another matchup between the league’s top three, setting up a potential shift in the standings. While those two teams beat up on each other, though, MAD Lions could take the opportunity to be back on top of the league pretty quickly. This week, the team has two grooved-down-the-middle matchups against Excel and Schalke 04—games that the defending champions should win by a mile. 

Last week, G2 managed to win the first head-to-head matchup between the three teams that many fans assume will clinch the LEC’s three Worlds berths. But with teams like Misfits, Vitality, and Fnatic expected to breathe down the top three’s necks all split long, G2, Rogue, and MAD Lions will most certainly need to watch their backs. No road to the finish line is going to be easy, especially if last week’s games are going to be used as an indicator. 


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Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/lec-power-rankings-2021-summer-split-week-one

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The Rampage LMG’s fire rate can be boosted with Thermite Grenades in Apex Legends

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Apex Legends season 10 is just around the corner. It’ll introduce the new Rampage LMG, which can be boosted with Thermite Grenades to increase its fire rate. 

The Emergence update will bring many exciting changes to Apex, like the new legend Seer, changes to World’s Edge, and the new Rampage LMG. While a new LMG is a welcomed addition to Apex, the Rampage has an interesting mechanic that boosts its fire rate, making it a devastating weapon at close ranges. 

Players can charge the Rampage with Thermite Grenades to make the weapon fire faster and deal significant damage quickly. A fully charged Rampage can easily destroy doors and overwhelm hiding enemies.

This concept is a nice addition to Apex, similar to the charge function for the Sentinel sniper rifle. This time, players will need to use an offensive weapon instead of shield cells. It might be worth allocating more inventory space for Thermite Grenades if you intend to run a Ramage LMG in a match. 

Players can use the new LMG as they explore the updated World’s Edge map, which is receiving updates to the Sorting Factory, Train Yard, and Refinery areas. Rampart mains can also take advantage of the new weapon since her passive ability increases the magazine size and reload speed when using LMGs. Think twice before challenging a Rampart player with a fully charged Rampage at close range.

Apex season 10, Emergence, launches on Aug. 3. 


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Last chance to take advantage of Smite’s Publisher Weekend deals on Steam

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The Gods and Goddesses of old weren’t always invoked for battle, but oftentimes in hope of prosperous trade.

Today is your last chance to honor those deities by taking advantage of Smite’s Publisher Weekend sale on Steam.

Smite has some pretty sweet deals on Steam thanks to the Publisher Weekend sale. All weekend, key Smite DLC has been offered at a discount in the Steam store. Even though the weekend is over, you still have one last day to take advantage of those deals should they pique your interest.

So what exactly is on sale? Right now on Steam, you can get the Ultimate God Pack, the 2021 Season Pass, and the 2021 Digital Deluxe edition all at a discount. The Ultimate God Pack gives you every current and future God available in the game. Usually, the Ultimate God Pack costs $29.99. Right now you can snag the God Pack for a whopping 80 percent off at $5.99.

Smite’s 2021 Season Pass is usually $39.99 and is available for 35 percent off at $25.99. The Season Pass includes unique content for every God released during the year 2021. For each God released you’ll receive their voice pack, a limited Ascended skin, an additional tier one skin, as well as their clap and wave emotes.

The final item you can snag includes both of the above items at an even greater discount. The Smite 2021 digital deluxe edition is a way for players to purchase the Ultimate God Pack and the Season Pass together for cheaper than if they bought them separately. It also includes some additional unique items only obtainable through the deluxe edition.

In addition to everything included with the God Pack and Season Pass, you’ll also receive the Grand Magus Anubis skin, the Grand Magus loading screen, the Tyrant title, and 1,000 Gems. The 2021 Digital Deluxe edition is usually $59.99 but is at a 50-percent discount for $29.99.

After today everything discounted should return to its original price. If you are interested in any of the deals, you’ll need to get them while they’re hot.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/general/news/last-chance-to-take-advantage-of-smites-publisher-weekend-deals-on-steam

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How to complete FUTTIES Coman SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

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EA Sports added a 96-rated FUTTIES version of Kingsley Coman from Bayern Munich to FIFA 21 today. This item is available through the squad-building challenge (SBC) menu in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team.

This is Coman’s third special card in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team if you disregard his FUTTIE Nominee version, which didn’t change any of his stats. Players had to vote between an 84-rated Coman and 86-rated David Silva on July 21 to decide who would receive an overall upgrade—and Coman won.

EA greatly boosted Coman’s Physical (+23), Shooting (+19), and Passing (+14), while somewhat increasing his Defending (+11), Dribbling (+10), and Pace (+8), when you compare this FUTTIES card to his 84-rated gold version. The French player also has an incredible five-star weak foot and four-star skills move.

You can further boost FUTTIES Coman’s stats by applying the marksman chemistry style. It will increase his Physical (+5), Shooting (+4), and Dribbling (+2), which will maximize his Shooting and Dribbling stats.

The FUTTIES Coman SBC costs around 348,000 FUT coins on PlayStation, 356,000 on Xbox, and is slightly more expensive on PC (420,000 FUT coins), which is fair for a card that essentially becomes a 99-rated item depending on the chemistry style.

If you want to complete this SBC, you’ll have to turn in three squads: France, Bundesliga, and Top Form. You’ll have until July 29 to build these squads.

The first team must be 86-rated with 65 chemistry minimum, one Inform or Team of the Season (TOTS) card, and at least one player from France. The second solution requires an 87-rated squad with 55 chemistry minimum and one player from Bundesliga. The third and final squad asks for an 87-rated squad with 55 chemistry minimum and one Inform or Team of the Season (TOTS) card.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete the FUTTIES Kingsley Coman SBC right now, according to FUTBIN, a website specialized in FIFA.

France

  • GK: Walter Benítez 81-rated (Nice)
  • LB: Keylor Navas 88-rated (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • CB: Youcef Atal 87-rated (OFC Nice)
  • CB: Simon Kjær 85-rated (Milan)
  • RB: Chris Smalling 90-rated (Roma)
  • CDM: Idrissa Gueye 84-rated (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • CDM: Aaron Ramsey 82-rated (Piemonte Calcio)
  • CAM: Christian Eriksen 85-rated (Internazionale)
  • LM: Dimitri Payet 82-rated (Olympique de Marseille)
  • RM: Manuel Lazzari 81-rated (Lazio)
  • ST: Romaelu Lukaku 87-rated (Internazionale)

Bundesliga

  • GK: Pau López 83-rated (Roma)
  • LB: Karim Benzema 95-rated (Real Madrid)
  • CB: Fabinho 90-rated (Liverpool)
  • CB: Chris Smalling 90-rated (Roma)
  • RB: Alexander Schwolow 82-rated (Hertha Berlin)
  • CDM: James Milner 80-rated (Liverpool)
  • LM: Joaquín Rodríguez 80-rated (Real Betis)
  • CM: Giovani Lo Celso 82-rated (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • CM: Alejandro Gómez 88-rated (Atalanta)
  • RM: Edin Višća 83-rated (Istanbul Başakşehir)
  • ST: Gonzalo Higuaín 83-rated (Inter Miami)

Top Form

  • GK: Mattia Perin 82-rated (Genoa)
  • LB: Aleksandar Kolarov 82-rated (Internazionale)
  • CB: Leonardo Bonucci 85-rated (Piemonte Calcio)
  • CB: Simon Kjær 85-rated (Milan)
  • RB: Manuel Lazzari 81-rated (Lazio)
  • CM: Jan Vertonghen 83-rated (Benfica)
  • CM: Federico Bernardeschi 80-rated (Pimeonte Calcio)
  • CM: Aaron Ramsey 82-rated (Piemonte Calcio)
  • LW: Rafa Silva 83-rated (Benfica)
  • RW: Matteo Politano 81-rated (Napoli)
  • ST: Álvaro Morata 82-rated (Piemonte Calcio)

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How to complete FUTTIES PL Player Pick SBC in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

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EA Sports added a squad-building challenge (SBC) to FIFA 21 Ultimate Team today that will give players the option to choose one out of four players who could be from the Team of the Season (TOTS), Path to Glory, Summer Stars, or FUT Birthday promos.

You can pack a great card from this SBC, such as Summer Stars Roberto Firmino 99-rated, Summer Stars Kevin de Bruyne 98-rated, or TOTS Bruno Fernandes 96-rated. But this is a loot box and it can end up offering you some cards that aren’t great at this stage in the game, like FUT Birthday Lucas Moura 89-rated or TOTS Wesley Fofana 89-rated.

If you want to complete the FUTTIES PL Player Pick SBC, you’ll have to turn in an 87-rated squad with 55 chemistry minimum. This SBC costs around 165,000 FUT coins on console and is slightly more expensive on PC (around 200,000 FUT coins) if you build it from scratch.

Here’s the cheapest solution to complete the FUTTIES PL Player Pick SBC right now, according to FUTBIN, a website specialized in FIFA.

  • GK: Manuel Neuer 89-rated (Bayern Munich)
  • LB: Yuri Berchiche 89-rated (Athletic Bilbao)
  • CB: Marcos Acuña 83-rated (Sevilla)
  • CB: Marc-André ter Stegen 90-rated (Barcelona)
  • RB: Kieran Trippier 83-rated (Atlético Madrid)
  • CM: Sergio Busquets 87-rated (Barcelona)
  • CM: Dele Alli 83-rated (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • CM: Fernando 83-rated (Sevilla)
  • LW: Thibaut Courtois 89-rated (Real Madrid)
  • RW: Edin Višća 83-rated (Istanbul Başakşehir)
  • CF: Edin Džeko 83-rated (Roma)

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fifa/news/how-to-complete-futties-pl-player-pick-sbc-in-fifa-21-ultimate-team

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