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Shubh Dangi | 5. August 2022

Armut extends contract with MAD Lions

After securing a spot in the LEC Summer Split playoffs, MAD Lions has renewed the contract of top laner İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek. The Turkish player’s hard work and dedication helped him secure a two-year contract extension with Mad Lions until 2023.

The two-times LEC championship MAD Lions have extended the contract of their star top laner Armut till 2023. MAD Lions acquired Armut in 2020 along with Javier “Elyoya” Batalla to replace Andrei “Orome” Popa and Zhiqiang “Shadow”, after the team failed to meet expectations at Worlds 2020. 

Since his debut, the performances and results of the team have only gone on an upward trajectory. In his inaugural season, Armut helped the team become the European champions, winning the 2021 LEC Spring Split. The team continued their dominance in the following season, defeating Fnatic 3-1 in the finals of the 2021 LEC Summer split to secure a second consecutive LEC title and a spot at the 2021 World Championship.

Although their performances at Worlds 2021 weren’t top-notch, they still managed to reach the quarterfinals and ultimately closed the event with a 5th-8th place finish. Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser and Javier “Elyoya” Prades are the only ones left to extend their contracts with EG, which end in 2023, while William “UNF0RGIVEN” Nieminen, Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, and Armut’s contracts expire in 2024.

Mad Lions’ performance in the LEC

After a very disappointing performance in the 2022 LEC Spring Split, MAD Lions came out firing in the Summer Split. The team is currently in first place in the LEC standings with a 10-4 record including a six-game winning streak. The Turkish top laner made a substantial contribution to the team’s enhanced performance while also maintaining impressive individual statistics throughout the split.

Armut posted a KDA of 5.7, the most among top laners in LEC 2022, with champion picks like Gwen, Gangplank, Orn, and Gna. According to Oracle’s Elixir, he also has the highest first blood percentage (31%) and the highest average share of the team’s total damage inflicted on champions (27.2%).

During the split, Gwen appeared as his top choice, and the champion hasn’t let him down thus far, empowering him with a win rate of 80% in six matches. Over the course of the splits, the Turkish top laner gradually added Gwen to his renowned champion pool and evolved it into one of his most effective picks in the current meta. The team’s upcoming match is against Misfit Gaming, who are currently ranked fourth in the points table.

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