The spring split of the LCS 2018 brings a lot of changes for the teams and players with it. Some European players moved to the NA LCS during the winter break, not at least because of the changes that have resulted in players earning significantly more in North America than in Europe. But there was also a major upheaval within the EU LCS, with some teams completely disbanding, others only improving in some positions or trying to find replacements for their leavings. In addition, for this split we welcome again two new teams in the top division, Giants! Gaming and Schalke 04, but both of them already have a past in the LCS and only had to make a stopover in the Challenger Series. Teams that have been present for quite some time are G2, Misfits and Fnatic, who represented Europe at the 2017 LoL World Championship worthy of their place, two of them even made it to the quarter-finals. In the coming split, it will again be an issue of collecting the important championship points, which will be decisive for participation in the next LoL World Championships. It will be exciting to see whether G2 Esports can maintain its dominance in the European league, or whether another team will come to the top and after a long time there will be a new LCS champion again.
If you've already lost track of the many player changes, you're well advised if you look up our LCS Spring Split 2018 team and player changes overview page. There you will find news about current tranfers as well as tables with a summary of all exchanges.
The 2018 EU LCS Summer Split Teams
The teams of the upcoming Spring Split 2018 are randomly arranged, this list does not count as Power Ranking for the next season. All teams and players are subject to change, we will keep you updated with potential adjustments.
The Teams in Detail
After a bad start into the seventh season it got better and better throughout the course of the year, through the regional qualifiers Fnatic could even qualify for the LoL World Championships 2017 and with an inconceivable second half of the group stage Fnatic could also advance to the quarter finals. The star of the team is still Rekkles, he has the task to control the game and in case of doubt to go alone and push. sOAZ, however, with his experience and enormous understanding of the game, is the perfect complement, as he is there for the team in case things get problematic. Compared to the pre-season there is only a small change, instead of Jesiz now Hylissang will take over the role of support, a good decision of Fnatic, as we think.
- Top Lane: Paul “sOAZ” Boyer
- Jungle: Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen
- Mid Lane: Rasmus Borregaard “Caps” Winther
- Marksman: Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
- Support: Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov
In the EU LCS, G2 Esports was still hard to beat in 2017, despite a bad start to the summer split, they managed to crown themselves king of Europe again. Internationally, however, things didn't go according to plan again, although at least the final of the Mid-Season Invitational was reached. At the 2017 LoL World Championship, G2 were the only European team not to make it past the group stage, but this was also due to the extremely difficult group. The team's great strength has always been the Botlane with Zven and Mithy, but both players have now been lured into NA LCS by Team SoloMid. As a replacement, G2 Esports hired Hjärnan and Wadid, who are not yet world-class players, but have often shown their potential and now have a perfect environment for the next step in their career at G2.
- Toplane: Martin “Wunder” Hansen
- Jungle: Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski
- Midlane: Luka “Perkz” Perković
- AD-Carry: Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss
- Support: Bae-in “Wadid” Kim
After a short break from two splits, the LoL team of the german football club made its comeback to the EU LCS. The team squad has been greatly improved in comparison to 2017, only AD-Carry Upset has been retained and is still under contract. With Vizicsacsi and Nukeduck there are two experienced players in the roster, and of course you have to mention VandeR, who returns to Schalke 04 after his stopover at Team Vitality. This Schalke team obviously wants to play for the Championship title.
- Toplane: Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss
- Jungle: Milo “Pride” Wehnes
- Midlane: Erlend “Nukeduck” Holm
- AD-Carry: Elias “Upset” Lipp
- Support: Oskar “Vander” Bogdan
The H2k team was hit hard by the off-season, not a single player could be held. Especially painful are the leavings of Odoamne and Jankos, who were the key players of the team in the past splits. Both Midlaner and Toplaner had previously played for Schalke 04, where they made their way up to LCS in the last split. Support sprattel has also been active in the EU LCS in recent years and is likely to be known to many people. All in all, the line-up looks a lot weaker than a year ago, it remains to be seen whether H2k can still compete with the European top teams.
- Toplane: Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus
- Jungle: Lucas Tao Kilmer “Santorin“Larsen
- Midlane: Marc “Caedrel” Lamont
- AD-Carry: Patrik “Sheriff” Jírů
- Support: Hampus “Promisq” Abrahamsson
After their first year in the EU LCS, players and fans of the Misfits can be content with what was reached. The team not only made it into the final of the LCS Summer Playoffs 2017 but also made it out of the group stage at the following LoL World Championship 2017, where SK Telecom T1 had the upper hand. Meanwhile, the former Midlaner PowerOfEvil moved to North America, but with Sencux from competitor Splyce, a strong replacement could be found. There was also a change in the support position, instead of IgNar Mikyx will start in the upcoming Split. However, these are big footsteps in which the Slovenian has to follow, because IgNar was not only an excellent support, but because of his extraordinary playing style he was also an absolute favorite of the fans. With Maxlore and Hans Sama, however, two other top performers have remained loyal to the Misfits.
- Toplane: Barney “Alphari” Morris
- Jungle: Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian
- Midlane: Chres “Sencux” Laursen
- AD-Carry: Steven “Hans Sama” Liv
- Support: Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle
The roster of Giants! Gaming is still a big mystery at the moment, and in the coming weeks there will have to be an action on the transfer market in order to bring together a powerful roster.
- Toplane: Hyeong-min “Ruin” Kim
- Jungle: Charly “Djoko” Guillard
- Midlane: Felix “Betsy” Edling
- AD-Carry: Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi
- Support: Raphaël “Targamas” Crabbé
After a predominantly successful year, the ROCCAT roster completely disintegrated. The Botlane was hired by no one less than G2 Esports, but now HeaQ and Norskeren, who made the promotion to the EU LCS with Giants and Schalke in the previous split, are under contract as replacement. The new Toplaner Profit was employed by SK Telecom T1 a year ago and was brought to Europe with great expectations from Ninjas in Pyjamas. However, he has not really been able to convince anyone so far.
- Toplane: Jun-hyung “Profit” Kim
- Jungle: Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi
- Midlane: Seong-min “Blanc” Jin
- AD-Carry: Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa
- Support: Tore Hoel “Norskeren” Eilertsen
Splyce could hardly convince in the past season, which was a big disappointment especially after participating in the LoL World Championship 2016. Now, in the eyes of those responsible, it was obviously time for restructuration. After 4 joint splits, the four Danes Wunder, Trashy, Sencux and Kobbe scatter across the EU LCS. Only Kobbe remains at Splyce, Wunder made the jump to G2, Trashy was hired by the Unicorns of Love and Sencux is now midlaner for the Misfits.
- Toplane: Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu
- Jungle: Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir
- Midlane: Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer
- AD-Carry: Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
- Support: Raymond “kaSing” Tsang
After a strong spring split, the Unicorns of Love fell off a bit with the duration of the season, but in the end it wasn't even enough for the desired place at the LoL World Championship. Toplaner Vizicsacsi, who was probably the best player, has decided to leave the team. As a replacement the Unicorns have signed WhiteKnight, who so far has only had PSG as a station in his professional career.
- Toplane: Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen
- Jungle: Jonas Kold “Kold” Andersen
- Midlane: Fabian “Exileh” Schubert
- AD-Carry: Samuel “Samux” Fernández Fort
- Support: Jong-seop “Totoro” Eun
At Team Vitality the big changes have been missing yet, after the loss of VandeR and Nukeduck no new commitments could be made, we will keep you informed.
- Toplane: Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet
- Jungle: Erberk “Gilius” Demir
- Midlane: Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro
- AD-Carry: Amadeu “Minitroupax” Carvalho
- Support: Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński
More about LCS Season 8:
- LCS 2018 (Season 8) – Overview
- Betting Odds EU/NA LCS 2018 Spring Split
- Schedule and Results LCS EU Spring Split 2018
- Schedule and Results LCS NA Spring Split 2018
- EU Outright Winner Betting Odds – LCS EU Spring Split 2018
- NA Outright Winner Betting Odds – LCS NA Spring Split 2018
- North American Teams and Players – LCS NA Spring Split 2018
- Team and Roster changes LCS Spring Split 2018
- Riot Games to Postpone EU LCS Regional Plans
- Riot Games Announced NA LCS 2018 Format Update
- EU LCS 2018 Season 8 Format Changes
- EU LCS 2018 Ticket Info – Spring Split
- NA LCS 2018 Ticket Info – Spring Split