Report: Fnatic, G2, Misfits, Schalke 04, and Vitality accepted as EU LCS franchises
2018-10-03 09:00 (UTC)
Time：8/9/2018 2:00:00 PM +00:00
It was fun while it lasted. For six glorious weeks in the EU LCS, we had a pretty clear hierarchy and a good feel for the playoff field.
Then the upsets started and didn't stop. The biggest news was Misfits going down—twice—in week seven. But there were crazy games all over the place.
To sort through the mess, we had our League experts rank each team from one point (worst) to 10 points (best). We'll start at the bottom where it's getting really crazy.
These five teams are separated in the standings by six wins, which is a lot. But the reason we're lumping them together is because it feels like anyone can be beaten at the moment. So while H2k and UOL aren't going to make playoffs, they may take other teams down with them.
H2k's surprising win over Splyce broke one of Europe's longest losing streaks. The fact that they did it with a mid lane sub was even more bizarre. And that's all the space we have for the worst team in the region.
The Unicorns are not loving how this split is working out.
GIANTS somehow went 2-0 last week. That is not a typo. First, they beat a Misfits squad that lost all of its early-game aggression. They then beat ROCCAT on the back of Kim "Ruin" Heong-min's fantastic Rumble ults. They are somehow still in the playoff race.
We had praised ROCCAT for their development this split, but last week was a real step back. They've really struggled with late-game macro and closing games out.
Splyce also took a step back, losing to an 0-13 H2k squad. We've said it before, Splyce jungler Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir has to become more consistent.
The next three teams would love to make the semifinals and go on a strong run at not only the LCS championship, but Worlds. The next two weeks are huge for all of them.
For a long time, we'd wondered if FC Schalke are for real. They were last week, beating playoff contenders in ROCCAT and Misfits. They get Vitality and a red-hot GIANTS team this week to cement their spot in the playoffs.
Vitality are all of a sudden on a tear with new jungler Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek. They somehow even beat Fnatic by demolishing the bot lane. It was a huge breakthrough for them.
G2 have the best record of this bunch, but they've been a bid underwhelming of late. They don't seem to have a good response for when their solo laners aren't ahead.
Both these teams suffered setbacks last week. Whomever can bounce back fastest will get pole position into playoffs.
Misfits' early game has gone missing. Jungler Nubar "Maxlore" Sarafian is getting out-pathed on the first few clears, and that's affecting everyone else. There is an element of experimentation to a team locked into playoffs—they had ADC Steven "Hans Sama" Liv finally try a non-marksman. But now it's time to buckle down and regain the momentum they had the first half of the split.
It's easy to say that Fnatic were looking ahead to the match against G2 and didn't take Vitality seriously, which led to a loss. But we're more concerned about the fact that longtime ADC Martin "Rekkles" Larsson has thus far shown no interest in coming back. The team signing yet another top laner in Ki "Expect" Dae-han just confuses things more. A confusing team in a confusing league—that's a perfect match.
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