Week 1 – LCS EU Spring Split 2016

On January 14th, the European League of Legends Championship (EU LCS) kicks off with week 1 of the 2016 Spring Split. After several months of waiting, Week 1 brings the first ten matches of the new season. A lot has been going on in the pre-season and so we got a couple of new teams and a whole load of roster changes. (You can find out more about team and roster changes here). Moreover LCS Season 6 | 2016 brought a lot of changes to the gameplay and items. We will see how the European LoL teams can adapt to the new meta – welcome to Week 1 of the EU LCS Spring Split 2016!

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Match #1: Logo of LCS EU Team Fnatic Fnatic vs. Origen - EU LCS Team Logo Origen    1   0  
(January 14, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 PM CET)

Match #2: Elements - LCS EU Team Logo Elements vs. G2 Esports - EU LCS team Logo G2 Esports    0  1  
(January 14, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)

Match #3: H2K Gaming - LCS EU Team Logo H2K vs. Giants - LCS EU Team Logo Giants Gaming    1   0  
(January 14, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)

Match #4: Splyce - LCS EU Team Logo Splyce vs. Unicorns of Love - LCS EU Team Logo Unicorns of Love    0  1  
(January 14, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)

Match #5: Vitality - EU LCS team Logo Team Vitality vs. Logo of LCS EU Team Roccat Roccat    0  1  
(January 14, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)

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Match #1: Giants - LCS EU Team Logo Giants Gaming vs. Unicorns of Love - LCS EU Team Logo Unicorns of Love    0  1  
(January 15, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 CET)

Match #2: Splyce - LCS EU Team Logo Splyce vs. Elements - LCS EU Team Logo Elements    0  1  
(January 15, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET)

Match #3: Vitality - EU LCS team Logo Team Vitality vs. Logo of LCS EU Team Fnatic Fnatic    1   0  
(January 15, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET)

Match #4: H2K Gaming - LCS EU Team Logo H2K vs. Origen - EU LCS Team Logo Origen    1   0  
(January 15, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET)

Match #5: G2 Esports - EU LCS team Logo G2 Esports vs. Logo of LCS EU Team Roccat Roccat    1   0  
(January 15, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET)

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Week 1 marks the start of the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split. On the schedule are the first ten matches of the new season (90 matches in total are played in the Spring Split). Every team plays twice – one match on each day. The first Week of the European Spring split kicks off on Thursday, January 14th with the first 5 matches while the other 5 matches are played on Friday, January 15th. The live stream broadcast is starting at 09:00 PST | 18:00 CET on both match days. Please be aware that the starting times of the matches are estimated and can vary from the schedule. Below you can find an overview of the available betting odds. If you are interested in placing a wager with one of the sports books, you might want to check out our eSports betting sites overview. The betting market for the outright winner of the Spring Split will be open until the start of the first match on Thursday.

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Preview and Predictions

And so we’re welcoming 2016 with the new season of League of Legends! Starting off with some extremely hyped up matches and both days of the EU LCS giving us good reasons to tune in with the new players, organisations and rosters! If we’re looking to get a good idea of how strong these teams can perform we’re going to want to keep a close eye on everyone to see how well they can handle the meta changes along with the global changes across the map, such as the rift herald!

Week 1 | Day 1 – Match #1: Logo of LCS EU Team Fnatic Fnatic vs. Origen - EU LCS Team Logo Origen

Start Time: January 14, 09:00 AM PST/ 12:00 PM EST/ 18:00 PM CET

Both of these teams are familiar with each other, with a close series at the end of the EU LCS 2015 Summer Playoffs Fnatic managed to make it to the World Championship with the European 1st seed but Origen managed to perform just as well on the Worlds stage. Fnatic have had to make a few roster changes and even Origen opted for a change of their own to suit the organisations needs so let’s take a look at who I think will be the victor and why.

Logo of LCS EU Team FnaticFnatic – Hit quite hard at the end of Season 5 after multiple members of their roster left the team Fnatic were left to rebuild. Losing their veteran support and shot-caller was probably the biggest issue they’d face because he’s quite a difficult player to replace but the few changes made to the roster look stable and strong, if we’ve learned anything from Fnatic roster changes in the past it’s that they can make the best of a bad situation and often come out on top.

Origen - EU LCS Team LogoOrigen – Only a small change made it to Origen as their mid-laner and Organisation owner xPeke decided it would be in the best interest of the team if someone who could put more time and focus onto the game were to ‘replace’ him. He stated that he’d be running as a secondary mid-laner for the team being covered by PowerOfEvil.

With this being the start of a new season it can be difficult to define a winner based on statistics from previous performances because, well, there are no statistics of these rosters and their performances but we’ll give it a go based on the teams individual players, internal stability and issues they could possibly face on the rift!

First things first, Fnatic are definitely at a disadvantage coming into this match, they were having trouble against Origen when they were their original full roster and I believe that PowerOfEvil is an improvement over xPeke in terms of recent performance and ability so Origen are a step ahead of where they used to be, whereas Fnatic have had to build a new roster nearly entirely. If Fnatic have managed to sort out any possible complications regarding the language barrier between their players and have sorted out further communication issues, along with assisting someone in become a strong shot-caller, then I can see them standing their ground in this match but Origen have made improvements, they’ve had a lot of time to train as a full roster in comparison to a lot of other competing teams and I believe this will give them a significant advantage.

Fnatic are going to have to play around each individual player and their strong points, avoiding any unnecessary conflict until the mid-game and then attempting to punish bad rotations from Origen. Origen have shown that they can often have issues in the early and mid-game regarding rotations or early pressure, this could be the opening that Fnatic need to take a lead and eventually the game.

Prediction: Fnatic are at a disadvantage in my opinion, they have a great roster and with more time they’ll be able to refine it and once again reclaim a top place in the EU LCS but as for now I believe that Origen will take this victory based on experience together as a team, better communication and a stronger internal support system that will lead them to victory. Keep an eye on PowerOfEvil to see how well he’s adapted to his new team environment.

Week 1 | Day 1 – Match #2: Elements - LCS EU Team Logo Elements vs. G2 Esports - EU LCS team Logo G2 Esports

Start Time: January 14, 10:00 AM PST/ 01:00 PM EST/ 19:00 CET

A recognisable organisation name against a team that worked through hard times to make it to the LCS, Elements don’t have the best track record when it comes to their most recent competitive matches but there’s a lot of doubt floating around about how well G2 Esports will be able to perform regardless of the battles they faced making it this far!

Elements - LCS Team LogoElements – A tough time ahead as an entire new roster is built. Can they refine their players and work out the smaller issues in time? We’re going to have to wait and see. They’ve picked up some recognisable names for this new roster such as PromisQ (Sprattle) and MrRallez but they can’t win games off of name recognition, plenty of practice should have been had during the break and hopefully they didn’t leave it too late.

G2 Esports - EU LCS team LogoG2 Esports – After their qualification into the EU LCS there was a lot of fan discussion on how well they’d be able to perform against the top teams and at the highest level of League of Legends but they’ve obviously earned their place here and I think they’re going to do surprisingly well, they’ve worked hard to get here and it’ll certainly pay off for them.

With Elements being at a disadvantage due to the roster changes G2 are going to need to take advantage of any mistakes they see coming from Elements, but the EL roster isn’t full of bad players who’re going to be making mistake after mistake. If there are any mistakes to be had it’s either going to be at the beginning of the game or it’s going to be something giving the game over to the opposing team and this can happen for either of these competitors! G2 have a strong roster, experience playing together and have a refined system in which they can communicate throughout playing to fill any void of trouble, assisting each other and solidifying their gameplay. If Elements can’t match this level of communication with the little practive they’ve had then they’re going to be in trouble. The level of play coming from Elements is going to be good, possible even better than before, they’ve got some great players on their roster and there won’t be any colliding egos as we’ve seen before so maybe they’ll be able to pick the organisation up, brush them off and take the game to solidify their name. But can the really hold up whilst appearing to be at such a disadvantage?

Prediction: G2 Esports Victory, it might appear as surprising but having 5 team members who are experienced at playing with one another in comparison to 5 players who lack experience playing together is like matching a top ranking 5s team against the top 5 ranked Solo queue players, it doesn’t look so bad on paper but once you’re in game it often doesn’t pan out so well.

Week 1 | Day 1 – Match #3: H2K Gaming - LCS EU Team Logo H2K vs. Giants - LCS EU Team Logo Giants Gaming

Start Time: January 14, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET

H2K Gaming - LCS EU Team LogoH2K – With 3 new players entering their roster it’s difficult to define just how well they’ll be able to compete against some of the other teams but with formidable players joining their team such as F0RG1VEN it looks like they’ll be able to handle themselves quite well, I think they could appear to be a stronger team than last season but they’ll have focus heavily on who their opponents are to exploit their weakness, their teams individual mechanical skill is good enough to keep up with their opponents but their macro play might not be.

Giants - EU LCS Team LogoGiants – A large step has been taken forward for the Giants this season, they’ve decided to build a staff of people around their team to assist in increasing and improving the teams overall performance and they also took the time to replace 2 of their players, the new additions to their roster are improvements in my opinion so we should expect a stronger overall performance in comparison to last split but only if they’re able to adapt to their opponents properly, the line-ups for each roster this split look extremely strong so they’ll have to work hard to work their way up the rankings.

For this particular match-up I expect H2K to have an advantage purely because of individual player skill, don’t get me wrong I think the Giants individual skill is great but it might be lacking in comparison. I think if this new combination of players on Giants can get an early lead and punish H2K for any early aggression with good counter-jungling and better control of early vision with the new 75g pink wards then they could set H2K onto a bad path where they’ll be making desperate plays but if the early game doesn’t work out for them I expect the H2K roster to heavily punish the Giants team in an unforgiving way.

H2K are going to want to pressure the lanes early, putting pressure on the newer roster of Giants could really throw off their possible lack of communication and solidified shot-calling which they will be able to regularly exploit but they’ll only be able to do this if they’ve improved on their own.

Prediction: I expect the beginning of the game to play out quite slowly until H2K take a lead that they’ll pressure into global objectives and ultimately taking the victory. Applying map pressure will be in their favour as a more experienced team along with having stronger individual players.

Week 1 | Day 1 – Match #4: Splyce - LCS EU Team Logo Splyce vs. Unicorns of Love - LCS EU Team Logo Unicorns of Love

Start Time: January 14, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET

So Dignitas sold their EU team? Say hello to Splyce! An organisation called FollowEsports acquired Dignitas EU and rebranded the team to Splyce, they’re comprised of many highly skilled players but the names you’ll recognise are from their staff! Quite a few changes have happened to the Unicorns of Love too! So let’s take a look!

Splyce - EU LCS Team LogoSplyce – You may not recognise their players names but if you’re been following the League of Legends Esports scene you’ll know who Coach Chris and YomatoCannon are! They hopped onto the Splyce train and are looking to propel this team into being one of the stronger teams in the region, but will it work out for them? They’ve got big goals but could run into big problems getting there!

Logo of LCS EU Team Unicorns of LoveUnicorns Of Love – A strike of miss-fortune had 3 members of the original roster leave the team but the replacements found would be difficult to improve on in my opinion, they’ve filled the positions with highly skilled and recognisable talent such as Diamondprox! If they’re able to adapt and play to their new strengths then they should be able to compete with and possibly push past some of the top teams this split! Keep an eye out!

As for advantages I think UoL have a player individual skill advantage but it’s impossible to look past the staff of Splyce, they’ve got a great set of eyes and ears keeping the team well informed of what to do to improve and the most efficient way to do it, we can assume that their communication issues have been improved on in the break and that they’re well clued on the other competing teams so overall I think Splyce might have a small advantage coming into this. Before they were re-branded and were still Dignitas EU in the Challenger series they put on some really strong performances even before they had the staff to help them improve, if they’ve adapted properly over the course of the break and have taken advantage of the staff they’ve acquired I see no reason as to why they can’t pressure UoL into making mistakes.

The Unicorns have always been a good team but never managed to push to being a great one, if Splyce can survive the pressure that Diamondprox is likely to apply in the early game I expect them to be able to take a lead but in my opinion a lot of this match-up is based on the jungle pressure. It’ll be a miniature game of Diamondprox vs. Trashy and whoever applies more pressure earlier on will give his team the global pressure required to take a lead and push for the win. Keep your eyes on the junglers and expect someone to get camped.

Prediction: I think Splyce look really strong but the new Unicorns of Love roster looks like it’s ready to handle more than it ever has before; the meta heavily suits some of their players as Diamondprox can now play an aggressive style which I think he performs better with. I think the early jungle pressure from the Unicorns of Love will be too great and they’ll translate that into a win, Splyce might be able to keep up but in my opinion it’ll just be too great.

Week 1 | Day 1 – Match #5: Vitality - EU LCS team Logo Team Vitality vs. Logo of LCS EU Team Roccat Roccat

Start Time: January 14, 01:00 PM PST/ 04:00 PM EST/ 22:00 CET

After Gambit Gaming fell into shambles, players left and the organisation sold their LCS seed, Team Vitality swooped in with a roster that looks great! But can it handle Roccat? Well, Roccat fell into a bit of trouble too! Having to completely rebuild their 5man roster after most of the European free agents had already been picked up. However they found plenty of talent to join them and some of them you should recognise such as Gosu Pepper, who was EdWard from Gambit Gaming! So, how will their fresh 5man roster hold up against a different fresh roster?

Vitality - EU LCS team LogoTeam Vitality – Compact with a lot of highly skilled individual players, their roster looks solid. If they can improve on the more macro aspects of the game they could be difficult for anyone to defeat, they’ve got well experienced players such as Shook and KasSing and even more! If they can utilise their strengths properly they should be able to push any of these teams who are fresh at playing with eachother, thus giving them an advantage.

Logo of LCS EU Team RoccatRoccat – A strong roster, a well-known organisation and plenty of time to practice could set this team up for greatness but did they have enough time? This roster was rushed together as 2015 was closing out and they’ve only had a few weeks together but that could be enough. 2 of their players are well experienced with each other, Betsy and Gosu Pepper, and the others should be able to mesh well as long as there are no internal conflicts.

So who’s got the advantage here? Both teams have fresh rosters, both teams have had little time to practice together and both teams are filled with experienced players. But which team has the more experience players?

Roccat is comprised of LCS players whose teams either got relegated or had just achieved entry into the LCS, thus having every player on the highest level if competitive league and experienced at playing against some of the best players and teams in their region.

Team Vitality is a conglomeration of LCS players too, some of which went to the World Championship 2015 and the others are well experienced but have suffered from lacking competitive performances such as Shook and NukeDuck but this new roster looks like it has a lot more potential for play than their previous teams.

Based on each team’s individual player skill It looks like Team Vitality have an advantage however slight it may seem, their mid-laner has a deep champion pool and they’ve got World Championship experienced players in comparison to Roccat but that doesn’t instantly give them a victory. They’re going to need to pressure the middle lane and get NukeDuck an advantage whilst also trying to funnel some extra gold onto their bottom lane to carry the game. If they manage to do so I don’t think Roccat will be able to handle the pressure from multiple lanes. Keep an eye on NukeDuck and the bottom lane in this match up!

Prediction: Based on the teams individual player skill I think Team Vitality are going to take the win, both teams and built from LCS players but the members of Team Vitality have a stronger track record in comparison to the players on Roccat, showing stronger recent performances. If both teams work on their internal issues regarding communication etc it should be quite even but I expect Team Vitality to eventually take the victory.

Week 1 | Day 2 – LCS EU 2016:

After the first match of Day 1 EU LCS where Fnatic and Origen faced off we all got a taste of the rivalry but just how much of these teams did we get to see? Of day 2 EU LCS we’ll be looking at the matches that they’re competing in!  Fnatic vs. Team Vitality  ||  Origen vs. H2K

Week 1 | Day 2 – Match #3: Vitality - EU LCS team Logo Team Vitality vs. Logo of LCS EU Team Fnatic Fnatic

Start Time: January 15, 11:00 AM PST/ 02:00 PM EST/ 20:00 CET

On day 1 Fnatic had a fantastic performance, proving that their new roster isn’t willing to back down at all. Their top lane carry in Gamsu is formidable and should be feared, hi first game with the team gave him an amazing showing and he carried his team through some phenomenal individual mechanical play, the rest of the team performed as well but didn’t shine and maybe this’ll be their chance. Team Vitality had a rough game in day 1, falling to the likes of Roccat and their new line-up. If they can make more pro-active decisions in this game they could step up leaps and bounds to throw off Fnatic and surprise us all.

Logo of LCS EU Team FnaticFnatic – A phenomenal performance has set their moral to a high, can they carry that through their games and have another amazing split? They’re looking good, great even. Regardless of the changes made to their roster and staff the remaining members have picked up some slack and the newer members of the team and willing and ready to perform as shown by Gamsu, can Team Vitality overcome a fan favourite team?

Vitality - EU LCS team LogoTeam Vitality – Things were looking quite good for them, their micro play was great and their ability to deny Roccat from engaging a large portion of the time really assisted them in stalling out the game but their lack of pro-active movements and aggressive plays stopped them from taking any sort of lead which was a substantial reason for their defeat. If they can make a few moves of their own to force a gold lead then we can expect greater things from this team.

As far as team performance goes I think Fnatic really overcame any doubt regarding their off-season decisions and have shown up to the LCS ready to perform as well as their previous record. If they can continue playing as well as they did against the 2nd seed European team then we can expect many more strong performances from them, many more. Team Vitality fans should be worrying, if we’re making a comparison between the games played so far then Fnatic are leaps ahead of Team Vitality here and there are specific things VIT are going to need to do to try and increase their chances. Increase the aggression, this meta is more favourable to early gold leads and can create impossible obstacles to overcome. Increase their global pressure, this is necessary for them! Being able to make plays and force their opponents into more desperate positions can open up possibilities for them to finally use the talent in their roster. They’ve got a lot of ground to cover and it’ll be a difficult road but it’s a possible one.

Prediction: Ultimately it comes down to their 1st game performances, Fnatic really did have a dominating performance and it’s impossible to overlook just how well they rotated, their reaction times, warding and how they overcame their opponents in their overall performance, which in my opinion was much more precise and better than how Team Vitality managed to perform, so I’ll be predicting a Fnatic Victory!

Week 1 | Day 2 – Match #4: H2K Gaming - LCS EU Team Logo H2K vs. Origen - EU LCS Team Logo Origen

Start Time: January 15, 12:00 PM PST/ 03:00 PM EST/ 21:00 CET

Origen came out worse than I’d expected and their performance was worse than lacklustre. From the early game they were making mistakes and continuously trying to pressure their opponents when it shouldn’t have even been a remote idea. It could have been the pressure, it could have been the fact that maybe the Fnatic line-up was just that good but they’re going to have to show up against H2K and really give it everything they’ve got. H2K had an amazing performance that was pretty much over by 15mins through sheer out-performance. If they can continue to do the same thing then they’ll be looking at their highest ranking split in the EU so far.

H2K Gaming - LCS EU Team LogoH2K – An amazing game, the team secured their place on the map and emitted global pressure, they’re looking to be a top 4 team in the EU LCS this split and so far it’s looking possible but we’re still at the beginning of the split and teams can work out their small issues, H2K are going to have to look out for the other strong performing teams to stay on top!

Origen - EU LCS Team LogoOrigen – I could shake my head at the mistakes that were made in this game, over aggression and pursuit of unnecessary objectives lead to their downfall after Fnatic took a quick lead, to improve they’re going to need to step up their reaction times and make sure they shut down any potential threats to their late game. They can still step up, they can still come out on top but they really need to watch their step because this could be a slippery slope for them.

After taking a victory in their first day and with them holding morale high H2K are coming into this game with an advantage. Their performance was dominating, tactical and well played whereas the opposite occurred for Origen as they fell apart.

Origen are going to need to make sure they shut down any early pressure from H2K with counter ganks or slow down gold flow through possible counter jungle, if they can get their bottom lane rolling things should go in their favour but they’re going to have to make sure that their top lane doesn’t fall too far behind again! The H2K top laner can be unforgiving and often gets assistance from his team when needed! They’re going to need to keep their eyes peeled as much as ours to watch for those sneaky ganks and hopefully the junglers react quickly enough to counter their opponents. If things don’t turn bad too quickly like it did against Fnatic and Origen are able to play a comfortable early game then they should be able to amount to something spectacular but H2K have shown that they’re not willing to just give up the early game, they can pressure a lead regardless of how small and can be unforgiving to the small mistakes that Origen have often made. This could set in stone the victors of the game depending on just how dire the mistakes are.

Prediction: H2K Victory, comparing one teams weakness to another teams strength, Origen have never performed spectacularly in the early game and this is a point where H2K can often take a lead and run away with the game, I hate to side against Origen but they’re going to be hitting hard times as H2K come into this game with an advantage and I expect that to be enough to lead them to victory.

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