The European LCS took a different stand regarding the series matches, where NA are playing in Best-of-3 matches EU will be playing a Best-of-2 series where points are rewarded based on individual victories. This is similar to China’s system and is pretty good at balancing the ladder, rewarding consistency along with strength. The European LCS teams faced many challenges and were upset with the overall MSI outcome but alas, it’s in the past and focusing on the roster changes is a must; let’s go take a look!
LCS 2016 – Overview
The 10 Competing EU LCS Summer Split Teams
Notable Achievements: 1st Place EU LCS Summer Split 2015, 1st Place EU LCS Summer Playoffs 2015, 3rd Place EU LCS 2016 Spring Playoffs, 2nd Place IEM X World Championship.
After a respectable Spring Playoffs Fnatic took 3rd place, this could have probably been better if they hadn’t made changes to their roster throughout the split but it appeared that they just couldn’t find a suitable replacement after Yellowstar left the team for a pursuit in North America, well guess what? YellowStar is back and team old team is back! The individual players on the team are still blooming with talent and each of them have highlights from the Spring Split that will certainly show them shining. With their strong shot caller back and with the team thriving I think they’re going to appear to be one of the strongest EU teams this split.
- Top Lane: Yeong-Jin “Gamsu” Noh
- Jungle: Lee “Spirit” Da-yun
- Mid Lane: Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten
- Marksman: Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
- Support: Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim
Notable Achievements: 1st Place IEM X San Jose 2015, 4th Place 2016 EU LCS Spring Split, 2nd Place EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2016.
Origen had a burst of success when they first formed but times are becoming more difficult for them, they still managed to take 2nd place during the Spring Playoffs but they hit a few rough patches during the Playoffs. They’ve made roster changes and honestly they’re the changes I’m most excited for; FORG1VEN, a passionate and extremely talented player, and Hybrid, the ex-G2 Spring Split champion, are joining the roster in the bottom lane and I think they’re more than suitable to fill the shoes of Zven and Mithy. I think they’re going to bring a lot of excitement to this split so make sure you keep an eye on this team's progress.
- Top Lane: Paul “sOAZ” Boyer
- Jungle: Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
- Mid Lane: Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage / Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño
- Marksman: Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño
- Support: Glenn “Hybrid” Doornenbal
Don’t let the lack of notable achievements fool you. This is a dedicated organisation that dove into the League of Legends competitive scene with hopes to make an impact. Their roster is full of recognisable names and their experience could certainly help them make an impact during the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split. The majority of the team is formed from the Elements old roster, as was predictable, but there have been a few other introductions to help spice things up and get them on the path to victory.
- Top Lane: Etienne “Steve” Michels
- Jungle: Berk “Gilius” Demir
- Mid lane: Hampus “Fox” Myhre
- Marksman: Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm
- Support: Hampus “Sprattel” Mikael Abrahamsson
Notable Achievements: 1st Place EU LCS Spring Split 2016, 1st Place EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2016, 5th Place 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
G2 Esports had a fantastic first split; they burst into the scene and dominated a large portion of it. There was a bit of a power struggle to obtain 1st place but they took it decisively in the end. They had a few upsetting actions recently when they decided to have a vacation instead of practicing before the MSI tournament but they’ve made up for it with a few of their roster changes, at least in the eyes of a lot of fans. Picking up this new bottom lane could assist them in taking more dominant performances and solidifying their place at the top of the European region.
- Top Lane: Ki “Expect” Dae-han
- Jungle: Kim “Trick” Gang-yun
- Mid lane: Luka “PerkZ” Perković
- Marksman: Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen
- Support: Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez
Notable Achievements: 2rd Place EU LCS Spring Split 2016, 4th Place EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2016.
H2K looked reasonably strong throughout the spring split and were one of my favourite teams to take the top position, they fell under the pressure and only ended up with the 4th place after the Playoffs but apparently there were a lot of internal issues that needed to be resolved. After replacing their marksman I think they’re in a pretty good position to climb the ladder once again and even contend that top place but it all depends on how well they’re going to work together. Working through roster changes, even minor ones, can impact the team as a whole and this new rebranded H2K want to make a huge impact.
- Top Lane: Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu
- Jungle: Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski
- Mid lane: Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook
- Marksman: Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek
- Support: Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan
Notable Achievements: 6th Place EU LCS Summer Split 2015, 5/6th Place EU LCS Summer Playoffs 2015
Giants had an extremely rough Spring Split, they had trouble taking victories against every other team there. This lead to them taking a place at the bottom of the ladder and being relegated to the promotional tournament but they fought their way back into the LCS. They’ve made some drastic changes to their roster and I think they were required; their new roster is looking strong and packed with talent so don’t worry if you don’t recognise a few of the names. I think they’re going to have a better split but times are still going to be hard for them.
- Top Lane: Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus
- Jungle: Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian
- Mid Lane: Na “NighT” Gun-woo
- Marksman: Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik
- Support: Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg
Notable Achievements: 5th Place EU LCS Spring Split 2016, 4th Place EU LCS Summer Playoffs 2015, 2nd Place EU LCS Spring Playoffs 2015.
The Unicorns of Love were a part of the European power struggle. There were many teams fighting for a spot at the top of ladder but they all had equalized scores. The Unicorns of Love team ended up falling under the power struggle when they faced some drastic roster changes. They were hit with some rough times after being told that their jungler was no longer able to play and they were faced with the challenge of trying to replace him. We saw many junglers try and step up to take his place but it never quite felt right, now they’ve made some drastic changes but it could certainly work out in their favour.
- Top Lane: Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss
- Jungle: Kang “Move” Min-su
- Mid Lane: Fabian “Exileh” Schubert
- Marksman: Kim “Veritas” Kyoung-min
- Support: Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov
Notable Achievements: 1st Place EU CS Summer Playoffs 2015, 2nd Place 2015 Esports Festival as Dignitas EU, 8th Place EU LCS Spring Split
Rough times were certainly had by Splyce during the EU LCS Spring Split. They ran into troubles more often than not and they just couldn’t overcome a lot of their opponents. Their team certainly looked good on paper but when it came to performance night they just couldn’t bring out their full potential. They’ve made a few changes to their roster to try and make their talent shine but I think they’re going to still run into trouble when it comes to facing a few of the other teams. This might still give them the edge they need to take a much more comfortable place though.
- Top Lane: Martin “Wunder” Hansen
- Jungle: Jonas “Trashy” Andersen
- Mid Lane: Chres “Sencux” Laursen
- Marksman: Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup
- Support: Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle
Notable Achievements: 3rd Place EU LCS 2015 Spring Split, 5/6th Place EU LCS 2015 Spring Playoffs.
Team Vitality had a good start to the split but ended up running into trouble during the power struggle that many teams were facing. The European teams were so close and tied up on the ladder than one team had to take a fall for the others to rise and in this situation it was Team Vitality doing the falling. I think the minor change that they’ve made to their roster could assist them in taking change of the next possible power struggle and could quite easily set up the extremely talented roster to take a place at the top during the Summer Split.
- Top Lane: Lucas “Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet
- Jungle: Kim “Mightybear” Min-su
- Mid Lane: Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm
- Marksman: Park “Police” Hyeong-gi
- Support: Raymond “kaSing” Tsang
Notable Achievements: 5th Place EU LCS 2015 Summer Split, 5/6th Place EU LCS 2015 Summer Playoffs, 4th Place EU LCS Spring Split 2014
ROCCAT weren’t expected to burst into the scene and have a huge impact like a few of the other teams but they were also not expecting to fall so drastically. They were barely able to put up a fight against even the weakest teams during the Spring Split. They’re now taking a hold of the rules and utilizing whatever they can to make improvements, they’ve taken it upon themselves to recruit new players that can shine through the EU LCS and bring Roccat a top place; the players they’ve picked are certainly talented but Roccat are in an extremely bad position right now. They’re going to look better than before but it’s going to be an uphill battle for them.
- Top Lane: Lee “Parang” Sang-won
- Jungle: Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia
- Mid Lane: Felix “Betsy” Edling
- Marksman: Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi
- Support: Oh “Raise” Ji-hwan
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