Week 1 – EU LCS Summer Split 2018

After rough weeks without professional League of Legends, the LCS Season 8 Summer Split is finally about to start and will take us on an exciting ride that will not stop before the LoL World Championship 2018. The EU LCS teams did not change much about their rosters, Schalke 04 replaced their jungler with the german LCS-veteran and former Analyst for Riot Games Marcel “Amazing” Stückenschneider and Giants! Gaming has signed a new Support player. The first week of the Summer Split will be of high interest for Solo Queue players too, because the recent patch has brought a huge meta shift and some coaches of European top teams have expressed their concerns that you can currently play every champion on every position and still be sucessfull. Thus we may see the front-runners of the Spring Split struggle if they don't manage to adapt to the new overpowered strategies. The first week of the EU LCS will give us important insights about which teams are strong in the next weeks, so tune in and meet the pros in Summoner's Rift on the 15th of June!

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The cards have been reshuffled and all teams start at 0 points, now it's time to show who has made the most of the off-season and who has taken too much holiday. Can Fnatic replay the performances they showed against the South Korean champions at the MSI 2018? Will G2 Esports make a better start in the split this time and take back the European crown? Be there when all these questions are cleared up.

EU LCS Summer Split 2018 | Week 1 | Day 1 

Match #1: Team Vitality League of Legends LoL Team Logo VIT vs. SPL Splyce League of Legends LoL Team Logo    1 : 0  
June 15th, 09:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET / 18:00 CEST

Match #2: H2K Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo H2k vs. GIA Giants League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 : 1  
June 15th, 10:00 AM PT / 01:00 PM ET / 19:00 CEST

Match #3: Unicorns of Love League of Legends LoL Team Logo UOL vs. S04 FC Schalke 04 League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 : 1  
June 15th, 11:00 AM PT / 02:00 PM ET / 20:00 CEST

Match #4: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 vs. ROC ROCCAT League of Legends LoL Team Logo    1 : 0  
June 15th, 12:00 PM PT / 03:00 PM ET / 21:00 CEST

Match #5: Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo FNC vs. MSF Misfits League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 : 1  
June 15th, 01:00 PM PT / 04:00 PM ET / 22:00 CEST

EU LCS Summer Split 2018 | Week 1 | Day 2 

Match #1: H2K Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo H2k vs. ROC ROCCAT League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 : 1  
June 16th, 09:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET / 18:00 CEST

Match #2: Unicorns of Love League of Legends LoL Team Logo UOL vs. MSF Misfits League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 : 1  
June 16th, 10:00 AM PT / 01:00 PM ET / 19:00 CEST

Match #3: Team Vitality League of Legends LoL Team Logo VIT vs. GIA Giants League of Legends LoL Team Logo    1 : 0  
June 16th, 11:00 AM PT / 02:00 PM ET / 20:00 CEST

Match #4: FC Schalke 04 League of Legends LoL Team Logo S04 vs. FNC Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo    0 : 1  
June 16th, 12:00 PM PT / 03:00 PM ET / 21:00 CEST

Match #5: G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 vs. SPL Splyce League of Legends LoL Team Logo    1 : 0  
June 16th, 01:00 PM PT / 04:00 PM ET / 22:00 CEST

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Substitutes and Roster Changes

Amazingx is the new Jungler for Schalke 04. SirNukesAlot is the new Support for Giants Gaming.

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You will find detailed predictions and analysis of the upcoming matches of the EU LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 1 right before the first game of the week.

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EU LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 H2K vs ROCCAT

Match #1: H2K Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo H2K vs. ROCCAT ROCCAT League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 16th, 2018: 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CET

Both H2K and Roccat demonstrated on the first matchday how not to start the new split. While Roccat got stomped by G2 Esports, H2K's defeat may have been even more painful, as most of the time the game was very balanced and in between it even looked like a victory over Giants! Gaming out. However, while the H2K players continued to try to get kills, the base was destroyed by the opponent's Mid Laner Betsy. Of course, the first match day was marked by extraordinary picks, H2K for example played with a Karma-Soraka Bot Lane and had good moments in team fights. Roccat stuck to the classic roles in their first game and tried to defy the current meta with Xayah-Rakan. However, AD-Carry HeaQ proved helpless against the sheer amount of damage G2 Esports had in their teamcomp. The lack of options against Dr. Mundo, who has been almost unkillable since the last patches, was also a big problem for the Team Roccat players. Watching it, it seemed as if the team had not been sufficiently adjusted to the new meta and had not managed to cope with the fast style of play that is currently needed. Due to the low flexibility of the two teams, one can expect relatively usual team combinations for this game, possibly with Crit-AD-Carrys, which want to decide the game in the later game. A tactical tidbit should not be expected from this match, H2K and Roccat are also among the candidates for the lower half of the table in the Summer Split.

Prediction: Although H2K made a much better impression than Roccat on the first day of the week, you have to take into account the different strengths of their opponents. The more well-known players are still in Team Roccat's ranks, and I also liked their interpretation of the current meta much more than that of H2K in the first game. I therefore expect a 0-1 victory for ROCCAT.

EU LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 Schalke vs Fnatic

Match #4: FC Schalke 04 League of Legends LoL Team Logo Schalke 04 vs. Fnatic Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 16th, 2018: 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CET

Even if it is only an early snapshot of the LCS standings, Schalke 04 is still ahead of the Spring Split Champion Fnatic after the first day of week, but they had big problems against the Unicorns of Love. However, the confidence in the macro game, which was regained by  the signing of Jungler Amazing, proved to be a positive factor for Schalke. Even though the team lost a few close fights at the beginning, the players always knew how to exploit their opponent's mistakes and could gradually push the Unicorns back into their base. Fnatic revealed in their first game of the new season a team composition designed only to protect Mid Laner Caps. With Taric (Broxah), Janna (Rekkles) and Rakan (Hylissang) the team had three support champions, but Hans Sama from the Misfits showed that you can still be a carry as a marksman, after all he had a score of 7/0/0/6 as Draven at the end of the game. In the game against Schalke, the MSI semi-finalists could expect a similar fate, as Upset also has an exact plan of how to act as a carry in the current meta on Bottom Lane. However, both Fnatic and Schalke have experienced and talented players who also like to experiment with extraordinary drafts. Another defeat for Fnatic would trigger a small crisis and probably result in an exchange in Top Lane, because with Bwipo the team looked much stronger than on the first match of the split with sOAZ.

Prediction: The playing style of Misfits and Schalke 04 are very similar, so Fnatic could also get into trouble on the second day of the week. As expected was the performance of Fnatic relying on Mid Laner Caps, who could be taken out really quickly although he had three supports. Schalke has excellent players and is much stronger than in the Spring Split due to Amazing's signing, so I expect a 1-0 victory for Schalke 04.

EU LCS Summer Split 2018 – Week 1 | Day 1 

EU LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 Vitality vs Splyce

Match #1: Team Vitality League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Vitality vs. Splyce Splyce League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 15th, 2018: 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CET

The summer season starts with the clash of two front-runners in the Spring Split, because Team Vitality and Splyce are playing the first match of week 1. Those who have followed the already started leagues in South Korea or China this week will have seen that the trend from the Solo Queue to play any champion on Bot Lane has prevailed into the professional scene. Very often one could discover the champions Lulu, Mordekaiser, Ryze or Vladimir on the former AD-Carry position, only a few of the marksmen class are still playable on the Bot Lane, for example Lucian and Ezreal. This big shift in the meta in comparison to the beginning of the Spring Split this year plays above all into the hands of the aggressive, snowball-heavy teams. Team Vitality was able to win almost all of their games solely by gaining an early advantage and not letting the other team take their turn. Just a few months ago, however, Carries, who scaled well into the late game and could decide the team fights alone, were very popular. Especially Kobbe on the side of Splyce was known to play a calm lane and to destroy the opposing team when he reached 3-4 Iteams. Currently, it doesn't look like the games will take long enough to achieve a completed item build. In terms of Spring Split play styles, this suggests that Team Vitality has the better cards for this match, but it mostly depends on the coaches' tactical work during the midseason break.

Prediction: Both teams have worked hard on themselves over the last few weeks and now have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills again. In the Spring Split, Splyce finished 3rd ahead of Vitality, but I don't think the current meta will fit their style of play in any way. So I expect a 1-0 victory for Team Vitality.

EU LCS Summer 2018 Week 1 Fnatic vs Misfits

Match #5: Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo Fnatic vs. Misfits Misfits League of Legends LoL Team Logo

June 15th, 2018: 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CET

The last game of the first day could be the most interesting game of the day, as Spring Split Champions Fnatic will face the Misfits, a team that has failed to perform as expected in the last split. Of course, the above considerations about the current meta also apply to this match, now the question arises as to which of the two teams can make better use of the changes. With the Misfits the success in the last months always depended on the performance of their AD-Carry Hans Sama. Now that this role has been weakened to such an extent, however, the team as a whole has to improve and Mid Laner Sencux in particular must no longer allow himself the same bad performances as in the Spring Split. At Fnatic the situation is a little different. Although a lot depends on Rekkles here as well, at the Mid-Season Invitational 2018 in particular it was clear that Caps could also take responsibility and become the team's big carry if his team needs him. In Mid Lane the situation hasn't really changed, Yasuo, as one of Caps' favourite champions, is still viable, but the AP assassin Le Blanc also celebrated her comeback. It is not yet clear whether sOAZ or Bwipo will start in the Top Lane of Fnatic. In the mid season there were many discussions, because Paul “sOAZ” Boyer was very disappointed by his new role as a substitute. However, he could get another chance to show that he is the better top laner with the beginning of the Summer Split.

Prediction: Fnatic will be the clear favourite in this match, as reigning Spring Split Champion and semi-finalist at the MSI 2018 the team will enter the new season with a broad front. The changes in the meta will probably hit them less hard than their counterpart, but maybe the signature of Support Jesiz, signed to Fnatic a year ago, could help them develop further strategies. Nevertheless, I expect a 1-0 victory for Fnatic.

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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!

 

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