Lane kingdom, LoL dynasty or Kings of Europe – these are only some expressions regarding the proud ancient times of the European LCS and with the Grand Finals of the 2018 Summer Split playoffs history will be written again. After some pretty though seasons the FC Schalke 04 players will finally make their first appearance in the most important match of the 2018 EU LCS and have everything in hand to directly qualify for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.
But their opponent is no less than the European title holder Fnatic and Rekkles and his team-mates will do everything to defend their LCS crown. Like Cloud9 in North America Fnatic is the only team in Europe who can perfectly utilize a 6-man roster to increase their variety of strategies. While their semi-final series against the Misfits was pretty one-sided the FC Schalke 04 only had some minor problems against their former opponents.
The match for 3rd place is also pretty important for Team Vitality as there are juicy Championship points on the line. The European LCS will spoil all League of Legends fans with an amazing series on September 9th, so don't miss turning in on the tick for more eye-popping action on Summoner's Rift.
LCS EU Season 8 – Summer Split Grand Finals | Facts:
- Dates: 09/08/2018 – 09/09/2018
- Start Times: see schedule below
- Best-of-5 matches
- 2 matches
- Location: Palacio Vistalegre, Madrid (Spain)
- Patch: LoL 8.15
- Live stream for all matches
- Betting Odds for all LCS 2018 matches
- Match Preview and Predictions
- View Standings: EU LCS Summer Split 2018
- Hashtags: #LCS #EULCS #LCSEU
- Hashtag Best Plays: #LCSBigPlays
Schedule and Results – 2018 LCS EU Summer Split Grand Finals
No matter if victory or defeat, with the success in the 2018 Spring Split and the participation in the Grand Finals of the Summer Split, the Fnatic team is already sure to qualify for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship. Nevertheless, Rekkles and his team-mates will not relax but instead fight for the crown of the EU LCS again. For the FC Schalke 04 team it is the only way to escape the regional qualifiers by winning the Grand Finals. The Misfits and Team Vitality also fight for important Championship points in the match for 3rd place.
Finals EU LCS Summer Playoffs – Schedule and Results
Match for 3rd place: Vitality vs. Misfits 3 : 1
Start Time: September 8th, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CET
Grand Final: FC Schalke 04 vs. Fnatic 1 : 3
Start Time: September 9th, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CET
Substitutes and Roster Changes
No roster changes known for the 2018 EU LCS Summer Split Playoff Grand Finals.
Betting Odds Comparison*
The playoff stage of the 2018 EU LCS Summer Split is almost behind us and our renowned eSports betting sites are already making their bets and betting odds available to all LoL fans for the important final games. As always, you'll find a comparison of the best online betting sites right here – but for an always up-to-date version of the betting odds you'll need to follow the links to the websites of the League of Legends betting providers directly. Please note that these odds are subject to change due to unforeseen events!
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Grand Finals: FC Schalke 04 vs. Fnatic
September 9th, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 PM EDT / 17:00 CET
For almost a year now we've been hearing praise from most of the EU LCS teams for the performances of the FC Schalke 04 squad in scrims but unfortunately the big success on stage failed to appear until recently. But after a really disappointing Spring Split without a qualification for the playoffs the challengers have increased their gameplay drastically over the course of the summer season and earned their spot in the Grand Finals of the 2018 Summer Split after some hard-fought victories. However, with Fnatic the defending champion of the EU LCS crown is waiting on Summoner's Rift – ready to defend their title with all means. The Fnatic team clearly has the advantage of being able to choose between different iterations of their roster in best-of-5 series. With sOAZ and Bwipo the two best European toplaners are in the line-up of the reigning champion and the newcomer of the year can even fill Rekkles' position on the botlane. Midlaner Caps is better than ever and even outshined competitor Perkz this season. Due to the flexibility of the 6-man roster there will definitely be some surprises for the Schalke team and it becomes very difficult to prepare for the many possible strategies. In addition, Fnatic's performances during the split were much more consistent – not without reason Rekkles and his teammates secured the first place of the regular season. A possible victory for the FC Schalke 04 team definitely leads over advantages in midlane and botlane but Caps should at least neutralize his direct opponent Nukeduck. The experienced veteran Amazing could also make the difference in this duel but Fnatic is definitely the favourite in this match.
Prediction: Not only on paper does the Fnatic team seem stronger, also in terms of experience in finals and other important matches should Caps and his team-mates be ahead of the competition. Even if AD carry Upset showed very strong performances in their last games, he is facing an experienced duo with Hylissang and Rekkles. The betting odds speak for themselves, I expect in the Grand Finals of the 2018 Summer Split playoffs a clean 1-3 victory for Fnatic.
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*.) Odds may have changed by now – no guarantee! The predictions are the opinion of the author.
About The Authors:
Article and predictions by the esports-betting League of Legends team. Marius „vuehrjer“ Führer is studying at the TU Wien and misses just as few League of Legends matches as lectures at university. Daniel „Taith“ Aichinger is studying lectureship at the JKU Linz and teaches his enemies the meaning of fear on Summoner's Rift in his spare time. Contact them on Twitter (@vuehrjer, @TaithLoL) for questions. GG WP!