The 2020 World Championship of League of Legends continues to impress its fans from the high-quality plays from the teams. One of the tournament favorites, DAMWON, has recently defeated Rogue in the group play-ins. Though tragic, support player Oskar “Vander” Bogdan is unfazed by the other teams and has never been more confident.
Going into this year’s Worlds, Rogue was drafted into one of the most challenging groups in the tournament. They are expected to play against top-tier teams such as DWG and JD Gaming. Fans have coined this incident as Rogue taking the bullet for the rest of the European teams. But Emil “Larssen” Larsson and the rest of the boys have made taken this opportunity to be as driven as ever against the best of Asia. The recorded a win versus the PSG Talon and played competitively in the DWG match today. Rogue unties itself from the shackles and refuses to be the sacrificial lamb of Europe.
NO STRESS 👏 NO FEAR 👏 ROGUE PLAYS 👏 WE CHEER 👏
— Rogue @ #Worlds2020🇨🇳 (@Rogue) October 4, 2020
The support player Vander offered the team’s insight during the draft pick portion. His Taric choice was explained to be more complicated than it appeared during the series. He explains that the current meta predicts bottom lane is not as crucial in the early stages of the game; hence, support players have to find other revenues to make impactful plays. He adds that this can mean aggressive styles like stealing enemy jungle camps.
He admits that the Taric pick is supposed to give jungler Kacper “Inspired” Słoma’s Hecarim all the support it needs to provide the team with an advantage. The duo also enables their bottom lane to tilt towards a roaming playstyle instead of the conventional lane-focus strategy. The champion picks allowed Rogue to “just farm and really out-skill them in team fights.”
Really proud of our players today nonetheless. Was an incredible hard game for our top+jungle to play, lulu was really a draft diff today. Tomorrow we face JDG and our journey continues. #GoRogue
— Marcus Blom (@Blumigan) October 4, 2020
Rogue portrayed the same playstyle of pushing then roaming against their PSG series. It was successful, then, but they were limited to opportunities against the goliath that is DWG. A combination of the Korean team’s strategy, players, and recognition of Rogue’s playstyle, Heo “ShowMaker” Su and the team have taken a win off of the EU team.
In retrospect, Vander acknowledged that their Hecarim pick might have cost them the loss. “We kind of had a teamfight comp, but couldn’t get to the teamfight part without being in a deficit,” the 26-year old continues.
The LoL 2020 World Championship continues on October 5 with a game between Machi 17 and G2 Esports. Rogue will next face JD Gaming on the same day.