As we head into week 8 we’ll be hoping to uphold our 80% prediction rate and possibly improve it; forever aiming for that perfect week. We’ll be focusing on 2 games as per usual with the remaining games to be concluded in smaller paragraphs on each day. The 2 chosen games for day 1 will be Unicorns of Love vs. Origen and Team Vitality vs. G2 Esports, day 2 will be Elements vs. Unicorns of Love along with Fnatic vs. Team Vitality. Make sure you tune in on March 10 for Day 1 of the EU LCS!
Preview, predictions and more information about EU LCS Week 8 will be added when the previous week and the League of Legends tournament at IEM Katowice 2016 is over.
EU LCS Season 6 – Spring Split Week 8 | Facts:
- Dates: 03/10/2016 – 03/11/2016
- Start Time: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET
- 10 Matches | 5 per match day
- Location: EU LCS Studio – Berlin, Germany – view ticket info
- Patch: LoL 6.4
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all matches available
- Predictions and Betting tips below
- View Standings LCS EU Spring Split 2016
- Hashtags: #LCS #EULCS
- Hashtag Best Plays: #LCSBigPlays
Schedule and Results – 2016 LCS EU Spring Split Week 8
LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 8 | Day 1
Match #1: Fnatic vs. Giants 1 : 0
(March 10, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)
Match #2: H2K vs. Roccat 1 : 0
(March 10, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)
Match #3: Unicorns of Love vs. Origen 0 : 1
(March 10, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)
Match #4: Team Vitality vs. G2 eSports 0 : 1
(March 10, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)
Match #5: Elements vs. Splyce 0 : 1
(March 10, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)
LCS EU Spring Split 2016 – Week 8 | Day 2
Match #1: G2 eSports vs. Giants 1 : 0
(March 11, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)
Match #2: Elements vs. Unicorns of Love 1 : 0
(March 11, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)
Match #3: Fnatic vs. Team Vitality 0 : 1
(March 11, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)
Match #4: Splyce vs. H2K 0 : 1
(March 11, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)
Match #5: Roccat vs. Origen 0 : 1
(March 11, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)
Substitutes and Roster Changes | Fantasy LCS Updates
Giants are making big changes to their roster. Smittyj is the new Top Laner, Wisdom the new Jungler and Sonstar the new ADC for the LoL team. > Source
H2K: Currently it is not sure if Forg1ven (ADC) can continue to play for the rest of season 6. He recently received a conscription to military service which would take 9 months. We will keep you updated. > Source
Update: Forg1ven has been granted a temporary deferment of military service > Source
Origen: xPeke is returning to the LCS stage. According to a recent tweet, xPeke is starting Mid for Origen in week 8 of the EU Spring Split. PowerOfEvil cannot play due to health problems. > Source
>> View all Teams and Players: EU LCS Spring Split 2016
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Week 8 | Day 1 – Match #1: Fnatic vs. Giants
Head to head record: Fnatic 1:0 Giants
Start Time: March 10, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET
Fnatic have still been performing in a hit or miss matter, they’re either dominating or being dominated and they’re going to need to step up their consistency if they want to take down the top of the ladder teams but for the time being they’ll be facing off against Giants. Giants have been underperforming and although they’ve made slight improvements they’ve not managed to climb any higher up the ladder, remaining at the bottom of it. When facing off against Fnatic they’re going to need a dominating early game with a precise and decisive strategy to capitalise off of it.
Prediction: Fnatic Victory. They’ve been performing on a higher skill level across the board, their team play and macro management are the likely factors that will get them ahead during the match and I think that once they gain a lead they will be unstoppable against the Giants.
Week 8 | Day 1 -Match #2: H2K vs. Roccat
Head to head record: H2k 1:0 Roccat
Start Time: March 10, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET
Roccat are fighting for a way to climb up the ladder but they’re coming up short, now they’re going to face off against possibly the best team in Europe and they’re going to need to have made a significant amount of improvements to really stand up against them. H2k have been making strong stands but have been running into a bit of trouble recently, with possible departures of their marksman they might run into some trouble.
Prediction: H2k Victory. Even if they’re in need of a new marksman and their current one can’t stay with the team I think they’ll be able to adjust. They were able to play competently with a substitute in the middle lane and I expect them to be able to continue doing great things. They’ve proven to be the better of the 2 teams and I expect that to really show here.
Week 8 | Day 1 -Match #3: Unicorns of Love vs. Origen
Head to head record: Unicorns of Love 0:1 Origen
Start Time: March 10, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET
An exciting match indeed, Origen are a team that ended up on a slightly lower part of the ladder but they managed to take down the Unicorns of Love before and have proven to be a fair challenge to most other teams. They’re currently on a 7:7 score but they’re sure to bring trouble. Unicorns of Love are on a 9:5 score but have been inconsistent lately and have fallen to teams that they should have been able to take down confidently, this is due to more recent changes to their jungle and they’re really going to need everything to go smoothly here to redeem their head to head record.
Unicorns of Love: Although they held a top spot in Europe for a while whilst tied with a few other teams they’ve started to fall a bit short after they made more changes to their jungler. After the replacement stepped in they’ve looked a bit weaker during the earlier stages of the game which will be an important factor when facing off against Origen.
Origen: Consistently taking down mid and low tier teams, this match could certainly mean a lot for Origen. If they are able to once again take down the Unicorns of Love they will be that one step closer to redeeming their earlier performances of the season. They’ve run into trouble when facing off against the strong teams on the ladder but this could be a big step up for them.
I think Origen are coming into this with a slight advantage, they’ve performed consistently against the middle and low tier teams whereas the Unicorns of Love have been a bit shaken in every single game due to inconsistency. With a change in their jungle the Unicorns will need to improve their early game and somehow apply more pressure as Origen scale extremely well as a team into the later stages of the game.
The Unicorns of Love are going to want to bring out some strong picks that can have early game impact so I’ll be expecting either a Gragas or Rek’sai in the jungle to help bring some of that pressure with to the lanes. Their top lane has shown great comfort on tank champions and I expect them to pick up Nautilus if possible, if it’s unavailable then a Poppy could be their fall-back or they might bring out the Rammus top once again. Their middle lane has shown that he’s proficient on Viktor and I expect that to be a priority pick for the team. Their bottom lane will more than likely attempt to pick up Lucian as a marksman paired with either Thresh or Alistar on support so they can have lane pressure and crowd control for the later stages of the game. Once they’ve drafter they’re going to want to get an early line of vision across the enemy’s jungle, using the knowledge they gain of the enemy jungler to gank lanes that can’t be counter ganked. Applying pressure across the map early is of great significance here because Origen is extremely proficient at the later stages and will scale better than them.
Origen will want to pick up a high impact early game jungler along with a handful of champions that can scale to the later stages of the game. I expect a Nidalee or Lee Sin to pop up in the jungle along with a Quinn or Fiora to make an appearance in the top lane, allowing Origen to split push. Their middle lane has shown great versatility and mastery of a lot of champions so it’s hard to decipher what he will pick but I’ll be looking for either Leblanc or Ahri, unless they aim to deny the Viktor pick. Their bottom lane has always paired a tank support with a marksman that has multiple power spikes so Alistar or Nautilus with a Corki or Lucian seem like their most likely bottom lane. After champions select and once the game starts Origen are going to want to build a wall of vision along the river to deny the enemy jungler, their main objective should be surviving the earlier stages of the game and only applying pressure when the risk is significantly lower. If they can survive the earlier stages of the game they should be able to pressure UoL into situations where they’re trying to defend objectives while an Origen member split pushes to gain more map control and possible structure objectives.
Prediction: Origen Victory. Not only do they hold the head to head record between the 2 teams they’ve had slightly more consistent performances, UoL have been losing matches unexpectedly and I think they’re not going to be able to punish Origen enough in the earlier stages of the game to set back how superior they will perform later on.
Week 8 | Day 1 -Match #4: Team Vitality vs. G2 eSports
Head to head record: Team Vitality 1:0 G2 Esports
Start Time: March 10, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET
This match has the potential to determine a first place team; both VIT and G2 are on an 11:3 score sitting right by the top of the ladder and only one of them is going to come out ahead here. It’s going to be a challenge for both teams as their opponents on both sides are known for putting out strong performances but only one of them will come out on top, who do you think it will be?
Team Vitality: Team Vitality has made improvements, they looked a little rough during the earlier stages of the season and were a little shaky but since they picked up some tempo they’ve been an unstoppable force. They’ve managed to take down the majority of the other top performing teams and could make a name for themselves as the best team in Europe at this time.
G2 Esports: Yet another top team still sitting in their place at the top of the ladder but now it’s under contention. They’ve been performing slightly worse than VIT but are sure to give this match everything they’ve got. They might play with slightly less risk but with how dominating they’ve shown they can be they might decide it’s best to shut down VIT early.
I think VIT are at quite an advantage here and that’s without taking into consideration their head to head record. They’ve been performing on a slightly better level than G2 and have been more stable and consistent at the same time. Even when they’re hit with difficulties during a game they manage to bring it back and build a lead using fantastic shot calling and sometimes make really bold moves to pressure their opponents.
Team Vitality is likely to pick up their currently favoured Quinn in the middle lane, that’s if it’s not taken from them or banned away. If it’s unavailable then I expect them to fall back onto a utility mage such as Zilean or possibly even Lulu. Their jungler has shown great proficiency on Nidalee and if they’re looking for that early game pressure it’s definitely a strong pick for them, a fall-back choice could be Lee Sin as it can be played in a similar way during the earlier stages of the game. Their bottom lane seems likely to pick up Tahm Kench as a support if it’s available, Thresh if it’s not open, paired with a Corki or Kog’maw. Their top lane has shown comfort on multiple types of champions but has recently stuck with tanks that have reliable crowd control, Nautilus fits this roll extremely well and I expect it to appear if it’s available for them. Once they’ve drafted they’re going to want to work on denying vision as quickly as possible, a set of pink wards in the river paired with wards by the enemy jungle earlier in the game will assist them in controlling lanes and objectives early. Once they’ve got control they’re going to want to use this superior vision to flank their opponents and force fights once they have minor advantages such as item powerspikes. Building a lead in the early game is important to avoid G2 making a quick some back.
G2 Esports is going to want to pick up their middle lane comfort, Lissandra, or fall back onto something that could be reliable such as Ahri. The bottom lane for G2 has always stuck a tank support paired with Lucian when possible so a combination of Lucian and Alistar would be great for them. Their jungler is going to want to pick up Gragas if it’s available, as a contested pick it might not be, with Lee Sin as a reliable fall-back champion. Their top lane has shown versatility across play styles however I’d like to see them pick up Fiora if it’s open however on the likely chance that it isn’t then a Poppy in the top lane could be another remarkable choice. After their team composition is together they’re going to need to get pressure on the lanes as quickly as possible, I expect the jungler to make some aggressive moves around level 4 to try and gain a small advantage for the lanes however avoiding the vision of G2 will be difficult. They should get a line of vision across the lanes to avoid global pressure from the enemy jungler and should wait to catch out their opponents before engaging fights. If they can single out their opponents or force them into reactionary situation they should be able to capitalize on them and take quite a large lead.
Prediction: Team Vitality Victory. G2 have a weakness that is easier to capitalise on, when they fall behind they often keep up their aggression and this can work out for them however it can also create dire situations for them where they give their opponents an even larger gold lead. I expect VIT to be prepared for early game skirmishes and I think they’ll take a lead at around 14mins with jungle pressure in the lanes. With this lead they’ll be able to force objectives and pressure the G2 structures for a fairly methodical win.
Week 8 | Day 1 -Match #5: Elements vs. Splyce
Head to head record: Elements 1:0 Splyce
Start Time: March 10, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET
Both teams are in a fairly dire situation and it’s not getting any easier for them. These teams are currently sitting on a 4:10 score and are desperate to take more victories before the split starts to close out. Elements might hold the head to head record but they’ve not been able to take a single victory for weeks whereas Splyce can hold their head slightly higher as they managed to take down Fnatic recently.
Prediction: Elements Victory. It’s a fairly odd comparison to make but looking over both teams and their performances lead me to believe that Elements is the superior team of the two. When they lose they’re less dominated and when they win it’s more calculated. If they manage to get even a slight lead against Splyce I expect them to slowly build it with very little risk involved. It could be an extremely slow match to watch or it could turn into an explosive clown fiesta.
After a strong day 1 of predictions we’re heading into day 2 trying to keep without our clairvoyant 80% average prediction rate, with the odd upset here or there. For day 2 we’ll be focusing on 2 games as per usual and the remaining games will be quickly concluded in their own paragraphs. For the focus matches we’ll be looking at are Elements vs. Unicorns of Love along with Fnatic vs. Team Vitality. I chose these games because they’re matches that are important when heading to the Spring playoffs and I’m sure the close skill levels between the contending teams will bring us some exciting games. Make sure you tune into the live matches on March 11th!
Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #1: G2 eSports vs. Giants
Head to head: G2 Esports 1:0 Giants
Start Time: March 11, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET
There is an extremely large skill difference between these teams and G2 are extremely favoured here, they’ve got better macro management and their laning from individual player skill is also slightly better, their rotations are stronger and they understand their win conditions. Giants are going to need to communicate a lot during this match and react quickly to turn the tempo in their favour.
Prediction: G2 Esports Victory. Such as large performance difference is impossible to ignore, Giants are improving and there’s little doubt about that but when they’re going against one of the top teams in the region they’re sure to have an extremely rough time.
Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #2: Elements vs. Unicorns of Love
Head to head record: Elements 0:1 Unicorns of Love
Start Time: March 11, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET
There is quite a difference in the ladder scores of both of these performing teams and things are looking worrisome for Elements. Unicorn of Love have made quite a few changes to their team over the course of the split but they’ve been able to adapt comfortably each time so Elements are going to need to dig deep and try and gain an early lead through great rotations and macro management to take down the Unicorns.
Elements: The potential is there, that was made clear when they began to dominate the early game against Splyce in day 1 however they’re going to need to do much more, they didn’t take advantage of their tempo as much as they should but their reactive plays could cause trouble for the Unicorns.
Unicorns of Love: The Unicorns had quite a good match against Origen on day 1 and they understood their win conditions however they’re were overzealous when trying to close out the game and it really cost them. They’re going to need to evaluate their options more and balance the risks and rewards better to accelerate any lead they’re able to gain here because a few missteps could cost them yet another game.
It would appear that UoL are at an advantage here, they’ve got more wins over the season and their day 1 performance was really quite strong, regardless of the missteps. They understood where their advantages where and they knew their win conditions, which they really tried to play to, however EL on day 1 had shown a more aggressive side which is going to need to be kept in check.
Elements are going to want to build a similar composition to what they used in day 1, something similar to what Origen run as well. A split pushing based team composition that will allow them to play the map and capitalise when they have a lead. For this they’re going to want something tanky in the top lane that can split off fairly well such as Nautilus or Poppy. Their middle lane should focus on wave clear and poke so an Azir, Viktor or Corki would be ideal. Their jungler is likely to pick up either Gragas or Elise as he’s shown great comfort and mastery on both of these champions. For the bottom lane they’re likely to pick up Thresh or Braum as a support paired with Lucian or Corki however I’d like to see them pick up the Alistar. Once their composition is locked in they’re going to want to take the early turret trades, setting their jungle focus on invading or ganking the middle lane. If they can take an early rift herald they should be able to build a large wave to push multiple turrets quickly for a small lead. If they can push those turrets they’re going to want to push their line of vision through the enemy jungle and capitalise on any positioning errors from UoL and focus heavily on taking objectives and sticking to their win conditions, split off and push objectives whilst only taking team fights when at an obvious advantage.
Unicorns of Love will want their comfortable picks, something they know they can get through the early game with and that has great wave clear and a lot of team fight potential. I expect them to have a focus pick on Gragas for their jungler who will likely play Rek’sai if Gragas is unavailable. Their top lane is likely to tunnel on a tank such as Rammus or Nautilus that can do a lot in team fights and can apply a lot of pressure throughout the game. Their middle lane is going to want to pick something that can have pressure across the lanes or has a significant amount of wave clear such as Viktor or Gangplank however I’d like to see a Corki pick. Their bottom lane has shown a lot of versatility on marksmen so I’ll be looking for their most commonly picked Lucian paired with either Thresh or Alistar. After their champion select they’re going to want to try and get regular laning and avoiding the swap. If they can avoid the swap they should be able to build up their team fighting potential at the earlier stages of the game and will be able to force objectives as soon as they see a small advantage on the map such as an opponent out of position. If they can force their opponent to take fights with hard engages they should be able to take the fights with their superior composition and take the advantage they need to accelerate through the game.
Prediction: Unicorns of Love Victory. They’ve shown that they have better execution of their win conditions and although they can over step and lose an advantage they’re not likely to do so with a significant lead. I expect them to be able to take a lead against Elements and force their way through team fights and intro a victorious position.
Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #3: Fnatic vs. Team Vitality
Head to head record: Fnatic 0:1 Team Vitality
Start Time: March 11, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET
This is a fairly odd match-up to analyse, Team Vitality are sitting in a better position in the standings and should be in an advantageous position against Fnatic however with IEM Katowice ending and Fnatic putting on fantastic performances for the majority of it they got a lot of extra competitive matches played that would be considered worlds class practice. All teams can analyse the games but Fnatic got to learn from it first hand and that could help close the skill gap between the teams.
Fnatic: Their game against Giants went as expected but they pulled it off significantly better than I had expected, this means that their games during IEM really were a fantastic form of practice. The only deaths they took during the game gained them huge advantages and they had shown great mastery of pressuring the map. Team Vitality is going to need to watch out for Spirit in the early stages of the game.
Team Vitality: They took a fairly rough loss against G2 Esports and were pushed down to 3rd place on the ladder with the top 2 positions being tied between G2 and H2k. It’s not going to come easy to make that climb back to the higher standings on the ladder as Fnatic had phenomenal practice but if they can devise a strategy to gain an early lead and deny the advances of Fnatic they might be able to take the match during the later stages.
I think Fnatic are coming into this with an advantage regardless of the current standings, even though they’re a few wins behind Team Vitality I think the first-hand experience they gained during the international IEM Katowice tournament has accelerated their learning and has given them a fantastic platform to learn from. Team Vitality is going to need to analyse the matches and devise a strategy to get through the increasingly improving Fnatic.
Fnatic are going to want to try and get their strongest picks that compliment what they’ve learned from their practice recently. For their jungle they’re going to want to pick something that can quickly apply pressure and has access to early ganking, I expect to see a Lee Sin or Nidalee in the jungle for Fnatic with a Corki or Lissandra in the middle lane; the wave clear will be extremely useful. Their top lane is likely to try and pick up Rammus or Nautilus as the tanky nature of these champions can assist in pressuring objectives early and opens up their options to dive towers or single out opponents. Their bottom lane is going to attempt to pick up Braum or Alistar paired with either Jhin or Kalista because of the synergy between the champions and the ability to take over team fights. Once they’ve got through champion select they’re going to want to take the lane swap and pressure the middle lane with their jungler, looking for an opening to teleport to either secure an objective or take an early team fight. They should be able to pressure the lanes significantly faster than VIT and gain an advantage that can be used to accelerate their pushing; I expect to see an early rift herald that is used to take deeper turrets.
Team Vitality are going to want to stick with what they know and stay away from the surprise picks that they’re unsure about, this means less Nasus because professional players know not to get a Zzrot portal against one. Sticking with champions such as Lee Sin or Nidalee in the jungle with a Quinn in the middle lane will assist them greatly when coming into this game as it allows them to apply early and late game pressure in the lanes and opens up their options to split push. Their top lane should stick with something tanky such as Nautilus or Poppy to control team fights and focus on locking down their opponents. Their bottom lane should stick with the Corki or Kalista that they’ve shown comfort on paired with a tanky support such as Tahm Kench or Thresh however with Alistar and Braum being extremely strong picks right now I’d like to see one of them picked. Once they’ve locked in and prepared themselves they’re going to want to avoid the lane swap as I think Fnatic would take a larger advantage with it, they should ward up objectives early and pressure any early attempts at taking them. If they can get through the earlier stages of the game comfortably they’re going to want a deep line of vision in the enemy jungle and use this vision advantage to split push the lanes, only taking a team fight when they’re at an advantage. They should be able gain a lead in the middle or late game which will open up their win condition.
Prediction: Fnatic Victory. Team Vitality aren’t going to make it easy at all but I think Fnatic are likely to build an early lead after perfecting the lane swapping and early objectives and this will lead to them being able to pressure the lanes more and take those advantages that open up their own win condition.
Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #4: Splyce vs. H2K
Head to head record: Splyce 0:1 H2k
Start Time: March 11, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET
H2k are at an advantage very obviously here, Splyce managed to take their victory on day 1 however it was extremely close and they didn’t have the best drafting phase. H2k will be sure to punish this with extreme pushing of structures and won’t let up any pressure unless it puts them in a difficult position. Splyce are going to need a few early game champions to contest this however they’ve not shown much comfort on those types of champions. It’s going to be a difficult journey for them to really secure that 7th place position to avoid possible relegation.
Prediction: H2k Victory. An advantage as clear as the one between these 2 teams is impossible to ignore, I expect H2k to take kills across the map with superior lane pressure and they might take a few deaths but overall I think the game is going to pan out in their favour. Once they’ve got the advantage I expect them to relentlessly pressure the map and objectives whilst rotating, leaving Splyce in a tough position to do anything.
Week 8 | Day 2 – Match #5: Roccat vs. Origen
Head to head record: Roccat 0:1 Origen
Start Time: March 11, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET
Origen is at a clear advantage here however Roccat have put up some seriously good fight against some of the stronger teams. XPeke is likely to be playing once against as PowerOfEvil is currently ill and unable to perform to the best of his abilities. This means that Origen once again have that solid shot calling in the middle lane that Is likely to give them early game advantages after applying pressure to the lanes. I expect to see some overzealous moves from Origen that Roccat might be able to punish but if Origen play to their win conditions they’re going to give Roccat a tough time throughout the game.
Prediction: Origen Victory. Roccat are in a tough position here, pressure from the upcoming relegation matches could throw them off slightly and if they’re unable to perform to the best of their abilities then Origen are going to run away with this game fairly easily.
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