The LCS season starts today and we’re taking a look at the teams representing EU and NA in their respective leagues after what was an excitement-filled preseason full of huge roster moves due to the newly franchised NA LCS teams buying upo star players from EU to shore up their rosters.
Due to these changes, EU is likely to be a weaker and less competitive region as a whole. Possibly, it will also be even more top-heavy than it was last year, unless the only players NA teams were interested in came from the past top teams, which would mean that the level of the EU LCS may have evened out. Let’s take a look!
Giants Gaming will deploy Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min, Charly “Djoko” Guillard, Felix “Betsy” Edling, Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi and Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé onto the Rift, with Ramón “Naruterador” Meseguer Fructuoso coaching.
The team has been extremely weak in the 2017 season and isn’t likely to amaze with their improvement in 2018, despite featuring some players who’ve played in the LCS before.
Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung, Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi, Jin “Blanc” Seong-min, Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa and Tore “Norskeren” Hoel Eilertsen with the coach Simon “fredy122” Payne is what Team ROCCAT is going to bring to the EU LCS.
The team used to be one of the weakest in the EU LCS and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be the case in 2018. Yes, ROCCAT has two Korean players but they aren’t what you would call the cream of the crop from the Mecca of League of Legends. The rest of the players don’t really stick out for their excellence.
Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen, Jonas “Kold” Andersen, Fabian “Exileh” Schubert, Samuel “Samux” Fernández Fort and the lone Korean, Eun “Totoro” Jong-seop with Fabian “Sheepy” Mallant will try to live up to the high expectations set upon the EU LCS’ team with the coolest logo and name.
They are unlikely to manage, however, as the talent simply isn’t there just yet. Even if the players are talented, they will definitely need time to develop.
Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet, Erberk “Gilius” Demir, Daniele “Jiizuké” di Mauro, Amadeu “Minitroupax” Carvalho and Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński, with Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi coaching is what Vitality settled upon in the preseason.
The team has three things going for them, YamatoCannon, Cabochard and Gilius as the three experienced ones on the roster. While a coach and the top side of the map can definitely be impactful, it will not be enough to push Vitality to the top of the EU LCS.
This season, H2 Whaaat? H2k! Will be shouted by Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus, Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen, Marc “Caedrel” Robert Lamont, Patrik “Sheriff” Jírů and Hampus “sprattel” Abrahamsson, with Michael “Veteran” Archer leading the charge from the coach position.
For a long time, H2k-Gaming has been in the top half of the EU LCS. While the team managed to get semi-decent players, a Semifinals appearance in the Spring Split seems unlikely.
Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss, Milo “Pridestalker” Wehnes, Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, Elias “Upset” Lipp and Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan with Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels coaching is Schalke04’s roster for the Spring Split.
Historically, FC Schalke 04 has had a disastrous run in League of Legends. They haven’t given up yet and it seems like they are very serious about this new chance they got after requalifying for the LCS. Still, it’s not enough to challenge for the title right of the bat.
Martin “Wunder” Hansen, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, Luka “Perkz” Perković, Petter “Hjärnan” Freyschuss, Kim “Wadid” Bae-in and Fabian “GrabbZ” Lohmann as coach is the roster G2 Esports will try to push towards their fifth straight EU LCS title.
While G2 Esports may try to win this season, it’s not very likely to happen in the same vein G2 Esports’ fans are used to. The team is likely to be a solid team like H2k-Gaming in the previous season, but won’t dominate like they used to. The NA franchising hit G2 hard by taking away their botlane.
Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer, Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup, Raymond “kaSing” Tsang and Peter Dun as the coach is Splyce’s attempt to assemble a strong team in 2018.
All in all, with Odoamne as the star of the team, Splyce made a good attempt at improving on their roster from 2017, which is a rare thing in this region, ripped apart by their wealthier cousin. If the players can figure out how to play quickly, there could be some good things in Splyce’s future.
Barney “Alphari” Morris, Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian, Chres “Sencux” Laursen, Steven “Hans sama” Liv, Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle and coach Hussain “Daku” Moosvi is the Misfits lineup.
This team had been the discovery of the year in the 2017 EU LCS season and, despite losing its Support, who came back to South Korea and mid, who went to NA, they are still likely to be reasonably strong in the region throughout the 2018 season.
Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, Rasmus “Caps” Winther, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov with Dylan Falco coaching is what Fnatic brough to the battle royale for the LCS title.
The team remains largely unchanged from what it was in 2017. This is a very good thing with the EU roster demolition campaign NA pulled off in the preseason. At this point, keeping the same or more or less the same roster makes Fnatic stronger simply due to the fact that their fiercest rivals in 2017, G2 Esports, Misfits, H2k and Unicorns of Love, got ripped apart.