The EU LCS has been overhauled once again. According to a report by ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, the ten teams have been sorted into two groups, with G2, Fnatic, Misfits, Giants and ROCCAT fighting in Group A and H2K, Splyce, Vitality, Unicorns of Love and Origen fighting in Group during the first three weeks of the LCS, then fighting against teams from the opposite groups in weeks 4 to 7 and finishing battles in their own group from weeks 8 to 10. No matter the way the whole thing is setup, the best teams will come out on top, so let’s take the time to look at the likely top teams in the EU LCS Spring Split 2017.
While fnatic and Origen fans are very happy with the current fnatic roster, it’s not what you need to actually try and win, giving more fanservice than real performance on the Rift. While fans will definitely be hyped for the comeback of Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, let’s be honest, the player should have retired a long time ago, he’s no longer the top top laner in his region. As for the rest, with the exception of the teams always-hyped AD Carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, the rest of the team is underwhelming when you keep in mind the players found on some other teams.
The success of H2K will entirely depend on how its botlane does when compared to what they had last year, because the rest of the roster is one of, if not the strongest, in Europe. Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski and Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten should be able to carry their Korean bot lane, Shin “Nuclear” Jung-hyun and Choi “Chei” Sun-ho against everything but the absolute best in the region.
Speaking of the absolute best, G2 came out of the preseason without changes. Despite the epic fail that was the World Championship, they kept their old roster and signed Weldon Green to to work on their massive choking problems as well. With the best botlane in Europe, a decent Mid Laner, a great Jungler and a constantly improving Korean Top Laner, G2 should be able to repeat their EU LCS success this year, just like they did in the last.
While we could also talk about teams like Misfits with Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon and Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage, Splyce, which kept their whole roster from the World Championship despite allowing the players free agent status in the preseason, the fact of the matter is that the EU LCS is G2’s to lose this year. Hopefully, they won’t.