Week 5 – EU LCS Spring Split 2018

Four weeks are over and five are still to come, which means that the fight for the EU LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs is getting really intense from now on. Team Vitality has proved themselves as the great surprised of this split, while Schalke 04 and Misfits are still underperforming. G2 Esports is improving with every game and achieved the 2-0 score in week 4, which should be enough to boost their confidence for the match against Vitality. We will also be excited to see if H2K is able to grab themselves an important win after their roster changes. While many teams are performing on a top level right now, only one of them will represent their region at the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational tournament. Week 5 of the Season 8 LCS Spring Split starts on February 16th, 2018 at 6 PM CEST with new exciting duels in front of your screens, so lean back and start the live streams on time. Have fun!

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Schedule and Results – 2018 LCS EU Spring Split Week 5

In the 5th week we finally get to see the encounter between G2 Esports and Team Vitality. Latter ones are still on top of the table after another perfect week, while G2 is equally placed with Giants and Fnatic 2 points behind Vitality. Schalke 04 on the other side is still struggling despite having such great hopes for this split, but if they managed to take down Fnatic and Roccat this week, they could put themselves back into the title race. Our recommended match to watch is the encounter between Misfits and G2 on the second day, which is one of the more important games for both teams.

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 | Week 5 | Day 1 

Match #1: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small SPY vs. GIA Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small     1 : 0  
February 16th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

Match #2: Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small ROC vs. H2K Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
February 16th, 2018: 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST / 19:00 CET

Match #3: Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small MSF vs. UOL Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small     1 : 0  
February 16th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

Match #4: Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small VIT vs. G2 Team Logo G2 Esports     0 : 1  
February 16th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

Match #5: Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small S04 vs. FNC Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
February 16th, 2018: 01:00 PM PST / 04:00 PM EST / 22:00 CET

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 | Week 5 | Day 2 

Match #1: Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small H2K vs. VIT Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small     1 : 0  
February 17th, 2018: 08:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST / 17:00 CET

Match #2: Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small GIA vs. UOL Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
February 17th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

Match #3: Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small S04 vs. ROC Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
February 17th, 2018: 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST / 19:00 CET

Match #4: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small SPY vs. FNC Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
February 17th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

Match #5: Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small MSF vs. G2 Team Logo G2 Esports     0 : 1  
February 17th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

Substitutes and Roster Changes

Since last week, Selfie is now starting Mid Laner for H2K while Caedrel is starting Jungler and Santorin is subsitute.

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You will find detailed predictions and analysis of the upcoming matches of the EU LCS Spring Split 2018 – Week 5 right before the first game of the week.

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Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small
Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small
Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small
Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small
Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo G2 Esports
Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small
Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small
Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small
Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small vs. Team Logo G2 Esports

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 – Week 5 | Day 2 

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 H2K Gaming vs Team VitalityMatch #1: Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small H2K Gaming vs. Team Vitality Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small

February 17th, 2018: 08:00 AM PST / 11:00 PM EST / 17:00 CET

Prediction: Many League of Legends experts questioned the roster changes of the H2K gaming team in the last two weeks of the EU LCS 2018 but with the arrival of veteran Shook in the jungle and Selfie in the midlane the team appears more determined in engages and was already able to secure their second victory of the season against Team ROCCAT on the first day of the week. Team Vitality, however, can still be found at the top of the EU LCS standings and is currently the only European team that does not simply copy strategies from the South Korean LCK but develops innovative moves itself – great praise for their coach YamatoCannon. Despite the increase of H2K’s strength with their new players I expect a clean victory for Gilius and his team-mates and a 0-1 victory for Team Vitality.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 Giants Gaming vs Unicorns of LoveMatch #2: Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small Giants Gaming vs. Unicorns of Love Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small

February 17th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

Prediction: Both the Giants and the Unicorns of Love had to admit defeat yesterday and with a record of one victory and seven defeats the unicorns of the league are now solely back in the final place of the standings. Although the duel between the Unicorns of Love and the Misfits seemed to be very balanced for the most parts of the game, if you take a look at the table you will definitely see that Steeelback and his team-mates should have the upper hand this match. The size matters and therefore in the duel between the mythical creatures of the European LCS I expect a 1-0 victory for Giants Gaming.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 FC Schalke 04 vs ROCCATMatch #3: Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small FC Schalke 04 vs. ROCCAT Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small

February 17th, 2018: 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST / 19:00 CET

Prediction: So far a season of mixed feelings for the challengers of FC Schalke 04, the players under the branding of the German cult football club are currently holding on to four victories and four defeats. They haven’t been able to live up to the hype they managed to build before the season but a playoff spot as goal is first of all enough for the team in the regular split. Team ROCCAT, on the other hand, had to face another defeat against the renewed H2K team after a strong victory over the Misfits in Week 4. Both teams are pretty much at the same level but I expect another outstanding performance of midlaner Nukeduck and therefore a 1-0 victory for the FC Schalke 04.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 Splyce vs FnaticMatch #4: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small Splyce vs. Fnatic Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small

February 17th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

Prediction: Both teams got off to a bad start into the 2018 Spring Season but both teams continued to improve and are now back on track and can be found in the top half of the standings with Fnatic beeing the ex aequo runner-up at the moment. With three victories out of the last four games Splyce could finally make up ground in the EU LCS, their only defeat was against the front runners of Team Vitality in Week 4. The Fnatic players also improved their playing style from week to week and won three out of the last four duels. After their victory against the FC Schalke 04 I expect another big show of Caps and his team-mates and a close 0-1 victory for Fnatic.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 Misfits vs G2 EsportsMatch #5: Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small Misfits vs. G2 Esports Team Logo G2 Esports

February 17th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

The spectators of the European LCS have to hold out for a long time but in the fifth match of the day the two most successful European teams of the last season finally clash on Summoner’s Rift: G2 Esports and the Misfits. The current champions of the EU LCS started badly into the season but after three defeats in a row Jankos and his team-mates turned the tide and the exceptional players set course for a successful run with five dominant victories. Even the leader of the standings – Team Vitality – was no obstacle for G2 Esports and had to admit defeat on the first day of the week with not the spark of a chance on Summoner’s Rift. Unlike many other European LCS teams the G2 Esports players seem to understand the current meta game and know exactly which strategy and champions to use in the upcoming duels. The chemistry between the challengers gets better and better from week to week and finally the team could match up with the Fnatic team as the most successful team of the European LCS by defending their Spring Split crown. The Misfits started strongly into the  2018 Spring Season and were not only able to convince with the strong individual performances of Hans sama and Alphari but also by sophisticated strategies and rotations on the map. However, in the last week of the split it set two bitter defeats, some important hyper-carrys for Hans sama got nerfed and Maxlore in the jungle makes more mistakes than usual. Also Sencux is a big question mark in the midlane and often dies casually in enemy territory. Of course the Misfits can easily keep up with G2 Esports on a good day but the victory streak of Perkz and his team-mates in the EU LCS is probably hard to stop.

Prediction: In the Toplane we see the duel of the two best Gangplank players of the European LCS, Wunder and Alphari will certainly give each other nothing on Summoner’s Rift. Slight advantages for the botlane of Misfits and great advantages for G2 Esports in the midlane will lead – together with the current winning streak of the reigning kings – to only one prediction: I expect a clean 0-1 victory for G2 Esports.

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 – Week 5 | Day 1 

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 Splyce vs GiantsMatch #1: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small Splyce vs. Giants Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small

February 16th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

Prediction: Splyce vs. the Giants promises to be a thrilling duel, as only one of the teams can hold second place in the table after this matchday. The Giants have once again proven their qualities by beating the Misfits last week and are well prepared for the 5th week of LCS Season 8. I expect a 0-1 victory for Giants Gaming.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 ROC vs H2kMatch #2: Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small ROCCAT vs. H2K Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small

February 16th, 2018: 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST / 19:00 CET

Prediction: After the second week of the Spring Split 2018, ROCCAT had a small slack, but was able to return to the race with a win against the misfits and is still considered a hot candidate for the playoffs. With Shook, H2K has now signed a new powerhouse for the jungle, and it’s still difficult to estimate how much the roster changes will affect the playing style of the last-placed team. Nevertheless, I expect a 1-0 victory for ROCCAT.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 Vitality vs G2Match #3: Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small Team Vitality vs. G2 Esports Team Logo G2 Esports

February 16th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

The top game of the day is undoubtedly the encounter between Team Vitality and G2 Esports. The latter have fought back into the split after a weak start and are only 2 points behind Vitality. However, the current leader of the standings gave us a solid impression throughout the first half of the split, and even though there was a chance of defeat in a few games, the team around “God Gilius” always fought themselves with clever rotations and outstanding individual actions up to the opponent’s nexus. When it comes to the performances of the last few weeks, one has to ask oneself why the big LCS-teams didn’t fight for players like Jiizuke and Minitroupax, after all they already presented their skills in the Challenger Series. But G2 Esports has made some other adjustments to the roster and can be satisfied with it, at least Jankos and Hjarnan have already become an essential part of the team. Mid Laner PerkZ is always considered to be the best in Europe, but he has strong opponents this season. After shutting down Nukeduck last week, it’s time this week to show that Jiizuke isn’t a match for him either. And at some point the success of Team Vitality has to end, or does it?

Prediction: Team Vitality’s miracle team is faced with five players at G2 Esports with plenty of LCS experience who have been able to regain their position as the favorite for the title in recent weeks. The two teams are still separated by 2 points, but after this duel Vitality will have to fear for the advantage, because I expect a 0-1 victory for G2 Esports.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 Misfits vs UOLMatch #4: Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small Misfits vs. Unicorns of Love Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small

February 16th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

Prediction: The Misfits have to make up for a disappointing 0-2 week. The Unicorns of Love are still last in the standings together with H2K and must hope to make one or two places up until the end of the split. However, I don’t see any chance of winning against the Misfits. I expect a 1-0 victory for the Misfits.

EU LCS 2018 Week 5 S04 vs FNCMatch #5: Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small Schalke 04 vs. Fnatic Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small

February 16th, 2018: 01:00 PM PST / 04:00 PM EST / 22:00 CET

The last match of the evening promises once again League of Legends at the highest level. In the previous week Schalke 04 Esports had to face G2 Esports at the end of the first matchday and looked like the sure winner for a long time, but due to the poorer scaling of the selected champions and a stolen Baron Nashor they still had big problems to keep the upper hand in the later match and still had to suffer a bitter defeat. With such a strong roster, however, it’s time for the new team to take the LCS by storm. Nukeduck lives up to his reputation as the best mid-laner in Europe and manages to get out of almost every laning phase as the winner, but ADC Upset is still playing with too much restraint and doesn’t show the potential for which he is always praised. On the other side, of course, Rekkles is still Fnatic’s fan favorite and the guarantee of success, as soon as he manages to get his champion into a good position and deal the damage to the opponent’s team, the fight is usually won for Fnatic. But his fellow players are not yet playing at the same level as they did a few months ago. The performance of Mid Laner Caps is not nearly as strong as in the Summer Split 2017, so this should be the way Schalke is taking this game: Through the middle.

Prediction: Similar to Schalke versus G2 last week, I’m expecting to see a balanced match as well, although it will also be a matter of luck to see who gets off the rift as the winner. A stolen baron can be a crucial play here, as Hjarnan showed last week. However, I don’t think Fnatic is superior in terms of individual skill at the moment. That’s why I expect a 1-0 victory for Schalke 04.

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