The EU LCS 2018 Season Primer

The European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) is one of the regions that has changed its format for 2018. For the most part, the EU LCS has returned to its roots with one group for the 10 teams who will be facing each other in a double round robin, best-of-one regular Split.

The return to the best-of-one due to the lower engagement and viewership in the previous best-of-three format. While the best-of-three showed the intricacies of strategies and mental fortitude, it required more time from the viewers just to follow their favorite team. Even more so for fans that wanted to follow the entire league.

The biggest change though comes with the removal of the mid-year promotion/relegation system. This will allow more stability to the 10 teams in the league while still retaining the competitiveness by the end of the year. Along with this, Riot has also changed the European Challenger Series by introducing a pan-European tournament involving local country teams.

Teams from the respective regions will compete in European Regional Leagues, winners of which will head to face the teams from the other regions in a European Cup. The European Regional Leagues will be held in France, Germany/Austria/Switzerland (DACH), Nordics, Poland, Spain, UK, Portugal, Italy, Balkans, and Czechia/Slovakia.

Starting the 2018 season, the 10 teams in the EU LCS are familiar names to the league namely FC Schalke 04, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Giants Gaming, H2k-Gaming, Misfits Gaming, Splyce, Team ROCCAT, Team Vitality, and Unicorns of Love. FC Schalke 04 and Team ROCCAT make their triumphant return to the EU LCS after surviving the Spring Promotion.

With a more stable year for Europe, teams will have more time to work their strategies through without worry of relegation between the Spring and Summer Split.

One of the teams to watch this year is Fnatic. The former kings of Europe had a successful Summer and has since only switched out their support, a change that can be considered an upgrade. Another honorable mention are the defending champions, G2 Esports. The team had a rough offseason after four of their members left, retaining only their midlaner PerkZ. It will be interesting to follow their progress throughout the season. Can they defend their crowns with a roster overhaul?

The EU LCS begins on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1 AM (GMT+8) with G2 Esports starting the new season against the biggest surprise of 2017, Misfits. Games will be live on Twitch and Youtube.

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