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The new season of the LCS is knocking on the door and it is time for our team previews. Learn everything about the roster changes, LCS format updates, and predictions of the Spring Split.
Despite the fact that fans of League of Legends were satisfied with the past way of organizing the regular seasons, Riot decided to make some changes.
The first change is related to the format of the maps that teams are playing against each other. For previous seasons, they competed in Bo3 (best of 3). In other words, teams were playing until one of them won two maps. However, from this year the format will be returning to Bo1.
Riot stated that it’s difficult to tune in halfway through a series and feel engaged. Also, it makes it less approachable for the majority of the League of Legends audience who is not tuning in right before game 1.
With this update, the company believes the league will be more enjoyable to watch, more accessible for fans, and will be better for the general health of the competition.
Another major change is that now there won’t be a mid-year promotion/relegation. With that in mind, Riot wants to help the teams in terms of making investments in infrastructure, sponsorships, rosters, and team strategies.
You can check the full list of EU LCS 2018 changes in the following link.
10 of the best teams in the European region will participate in the new League of Legends season. Logically, G2 eSports and Misfits, both of whom represented Europe at the Worlds Finals at the end of 2017, are part of the new season as well. Moreover, there are two new teams. The places of NiP and Mysterious Monkeys have been taken by the German team, Schalke 04, and Giants Gaming. The rest of the competitors are the same – Fnatic, H2K, Splyce, Team ROCCAT, Vitality, and Unicorns of Love.
But let’s not waste any more time and jump straight into the teams previews:
Shalke 04 is one of the newcomers to the League of Legends European Region. They fought their way into the regular season by winning against Mysterious Monkeys and then NiP in the loser final of the EU LCS Spring Promotion 2018. Since then, the team underwent some line-up changes.
Elias “Upset” Lipp is the only one who remains on the roster. He will now duo with Oskar “Vander” Bogdan, who was transferred from team Vitality. Top lane will be for the former UoL player, Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss. The job to beat one of the best mid-laners in Europe is for Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, who is also joining from team Vitality. The last new player is the jungler, Milo “Pride” Wehnes, recently part of ROCCAT.
With this almost completely new roster and lack of experience in regular seasons, we expect Shalke 04 to be in the bottom half of the standings at the end of the Spring Split.
Giants are the other team to join the most popular eSports League in the world. They won both their matches form the Spring Promotion.
Similar to Shalke, only one of the players from the old roster will participate in the upcoming EU LCS 2018 battles. In contrast to the German team, here the player who is staying plays in the top lane, not as ADC. Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min will have the hard job to help integrate the new ones into the team. They are as follows: Charly “Djoko” Guillard and Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi from Vitality, Felix “Betsy” Edling from ROCCAT, and Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé from GamersOrigin.
Some time will be needed for the squad to start playing as a well-organized team. Because of that and due to their recent performance, our prediction for Giants Gaming is almost the same as Shalke 04. Towards the bottom in the standings with a high chance to make some good upsets of the favorites.
The kings of Europe now have the chance to again prove themselves as one of the best teams in the region. After a very good performance at Worlds 2017, G2 eSports is now bringing some new firepower to the squad. With only Luka “Perkz” Perković remaining from last year, the Spring Split will be a real challenge for the newcomers of the team.
The rest of the team is completely new. Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss and Kim “Wadid” Bae-in are joining the club as Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez leave to go to the strong NA team of TSM. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski will play as jungler, since his transfer from H2K is finished, while Martin “Wunder” Hansen will play as a top-laner, coming from Splyce.
With so many new players, we cannot be sure about another 1st place from G2 eSports. Our prediction is top 3 at the end of the Split. Only time can show how good this roster can actually be!
Splyce is another team in EU LCS 2018 whose purpose is to rebuild the squad and establish strong positions in the regular season. Again, only one player from the 2017 roster will compete this year. Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup will be the man to help with integrating the rest of the team.
Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu will be the new top-laner of the team, joining from H2K. Kobbe will have to build synergy with Raymond “kaSing” Tsang as a support. Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir will have to fight the minions in the jungle, while Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer will be the new Ability Power master in the mid.
If there is a team that is able to rebuild from the bottom to the 1st place, Splyce is that team! We expect a strong performance from the new squad and 3-4 place at the end of the Split.
Not 4, but 5 players will have to train and play for the new H2K Roster in the upcoming EU LCS 2018. It is hard to build a strong team and good strategies with a completely new roster, but H2K has surely had the experience to do this.
Looking on the changes, Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus and Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont are joining from Shalke 04. The bottom lane will be played by Patrik “Sheriff” Jírů as an ADC with Hampus “Promisq” Mikael Abrahamsson as his support. Last but not least, Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen will gang the lanes from the jungle.
H2K is presenting a highly interesting squad this year. It is really hard to predict how will they perform, but we expect them to be in the upper part of the standings when the season ends.
One of the legendary teams from Europe is here again! Year after year, Fnatic are making some incredible plays and unforgettable matches. Probably, there is no fan of the game who is not familiar with the way Fnatic passed the group stages of the 2017 Worlds. The new season is ahead, so let’s see the score now!
Fnatic is the only team to keep all of the players and we really admire that. Only Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov will play as support, while Jesse “Jesiz” Le will move to a sub role.
We expect them to finish in first place or the runner-up position.
This team has been part of the LCS for a long time. With great experience and incredible players, the goal is set and clear – the 1st place European LCS Trophy!
Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen is one of the new additions to the team, coming from NiP. He will be playing on the top-lane. Jonas “Kold” Andersen from Splyce and Eun “Totoro” Jong-seop from bbq Olivers are the rest of the newcomers. Fabian “Exileh” Schubert and Samuel “Samux” Fernández Fort kept their places on the roster.
UoL will definitely try to reach the top 3 this season. We can surely predict the upper part of the standings and some amazing games from these guys!
Next on the list is Team Vitality. With the new additions, the organization wants to improve the consistency in the upcoming EU LCS 2018. A lot of new players will bring the required freshness to the roster.
They added the core from team Giants that won the Promotion for the 2018 season: Erberk “Gilius” Demir, Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro, Amadeu “Minitroupax” Carvalho, and Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński.
Most certainly, the team will manage to climb the ladder and finish around 4-5th place in the regular season.
Misfits, much like Fnatic, managed to keep most of their last season players. With two new additions, Chres “Sencux” Laursen and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle, they will bring some new meta champions and strategies, in order to improve their performance.
We will see if Barney “Alphari” Morris, Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian, and Steven “Hans sama” Liv can work together with the newcomers to build a strong, consistent team.
With a lot of potentials, Misfits are surely a top 3 team!
ROCCAT made many changes during the pre-season. Not 3 or 4, but 5 new players will be joining the organization at the Spring Split. The duo of Tore “Norskeren” Hoel Eilertsen and Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi from ROCCAT, Jin “Blanc” Seong-min from PSG, Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa from NiP, and Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung are all newcomers to the organization.
As always, we expect the same consistent play and mid-table ranking at the end of the regular season. Anything more will be a great bonus.
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