Week 8 – EU LCS Spring Split 2018

The regular season of the  LCS Season 8 Spring Split is almost over and the fight for the playoff seeds is getting really tense. With only two weeks of play left, the Spring Playoffs 2018 are just around the corner. We don't have to wait for too long anymore before we get to see who the regional champion that represents Europe at the MSI 2018 will be. Even bets and betting odds are already available for the League of Legends World Championship 2018.  After last weeks poor performances, Schalke 04 might be out of the race for the playoff seeds eventually. While Fnatic remains sole leader of the standings after being able to defeat Team Vitality, G2 is still the second favorite for the LoL League Championship title even after their loss to Splyce. H2K and the Unicorns of Love have both continued improving and the Unicorns even managed to score 2-0 last week. Week 8 of the EU LCS Spring Split starts on March 9th at approximately 6:00 PM CEST but you can also take a look at the full EU LCS 2018 schedule to never miss any games of the split.

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Schedule and Results – 2018 LCS EU Spring Split Week 8

“The EU LCS – where everyone beats everybody and at the end of the season Fnatic or G2 Esports win the season”, we said some weeks ago, which hasn't changed in the meantime. Splyce and the Unicorns of Love were the only ones to score a 2-0 score, which reopened the goals for both teams for the playoffs. However, the rest of the Unicorn's schedule is frighteningly hard, with Vitality and Fnatic two top teams waiting for you this week. Every game can have a huge impact on the playoff seeds, so we can't focus on one specific match to kill the match of the week, but we just say all of the last 20 matches (including next week's) are worth watching.

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 | Week 8 | Day 1 

Match #1: Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small VIT vs. UOL Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small     1 : 0  
March 9th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

Match #2: Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small GIA vs. S04 Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
March 9th, 2018: 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST / 19:00 CET

Match #3: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small SPY vs. MSF Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small     1 : 0  
March 9th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

Match #4: Team Logo G2 Esports G2 vs. H2K Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
March 9th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

Match #5: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small FNC vs. ROC Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small     1 : 0  
March 9th, 2018: 01:00 PM PST / 04:00 PM EST / 22:00 CET

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 | Week 8 | Day 2 

Match #1: Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small MSF vs. GIA Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
March 10th, 2018: 08:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST / 17:00 CET

Match #2: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small SPY vs. H2K Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small     1 : 0  
March 10th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

Match #3: Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small VIT vs. ROC Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
March 10th, 2018: 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST / 19:00 CET

Match #4: Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small UOL vs. FNC Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small     0 : 1  
March 10th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

Match #5: Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small S04 vs. G2 Team Logo G2 Esports     1 : 0  
March 10th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

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Substitutes and Roster Changes

If you haven't noticed already: Shook is starting Jungler for H2K.

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Of course our renowned eSports betting sites are also involved in the EU LCS Week 8 with the best bets and betting odds, so you'll always find a comparison of the best online betting sites and odds right here. The G2 Esports team is also the big favourite among our online bookmakers, although their winning streak has ended against Fnatic. As always, betting odds may change due to player exchanges or illness, in case of doubt follow the links on this page to the websites of the online betting providers to always keep yourself up to date.

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You will find detailed predictions and analysis of the upcoming matches of the EU LCS Spring Split 2018 – Week 8 right before the first game of the week.

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

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 – Week 8 | Day 2 

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Misfits vs. Giants
Match #1: Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small Misfits vs. Giants Gaming Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small

March 10th, 2018: 08:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST / 17:00 CET

Prediction: On the second matchday of the penultimate week of the 2018 LCS Spring Split all challengers once again enter the Summoner's Rift and the number of each team's final games can be easily counted on one hand. Giants Gaming and the Misfits will start this hopefully exciting reign of duels in Week 8 and especially the performances of the Misfits team in the last few weeks were very controversial and their victories seem to be more than coincidental on paper. Against favourites such as Fnatic or Team Vitality AD-Carry Hans sama and his team mates were able to take a victory, against underdogs such as H2K or the FC Schalke 04 they suffered bitter defeats. On the other hand Giants Gaming is currently in a downward spiral and because they have lost three straight games in a row I expect in the first match of the day a close 1-0 victory for the Misfits.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Splyce vs. H2K Gaming
Match #2: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small Splyce vs. H2K Gaming Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small

March 10th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

With eight victories and six defeats the Splyce team and Team Vitality are now equal in the standings and Odoamne and his team mates were able to occupy a strong third place after a weak start into the 2018 Spring Season. After a few brilliant performances and an unexpected victory over G2 Esports the European professionales are almost certain of a place in the playoffs of the Spring Split and the team could even aim for the prefered playoff BYE which will be provided to the best two teams of the regular season. The upcoming matches of this late season are not too demanding for Xerxe and Co, the duels with the top favourites G2 Esports and Fnatic are already behind them and Team Vitality is also in very bad shape. With victories against playoff candidates such as Misfits and Giants Gaming the H2K players have caused a stir in recent weeks but the team is still in the shadow of the Unicorns of Love who were able to work their way up from the shoal depths of the table even faster with a winning streak of five consecutive victories. With Midlaner Selfie and Jungler Shook in the starting squad the team appears as if fully exchanged and they can now pose a serious threat to all opponents. This match will be decided in the mid game and Splyce is currently ahead of the pack – especially Toplaner Odoamne was able to redeem his reputation as punching bag of the league in the last few games. Support player kaSing also has a strong effect on the currently very strong engagement champion and together with the solid AD-Carry Kobbe he has already won many match-ups in the Botlane.

Prediction: Unfortunately the solid form of the H2K Gaming team will not be enough to go toe-to-toe with Splyce, if Nisqy and his team mates keep playing like this they could also become a dangerous opponent for the former kings of Europe in the playoffs. In this match I expect a 1-0 victory for Splyce.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Vitality vs. ROCCAT
Match #3: Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small Team Vitality vs. ROCCAT Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small

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

Prediction: After many, many defeats in a row it slowly became quiet around the hype of the Vitality team, the victory against the weakening professionals of the FC Schalke 04 could only slightly increase their mood. When the opposing teams were able to improve their vision game and exploit the ganking routes of Jungler Gilius, Team Vitality's midgame collapsed like a house of cards and the challengers no longer knew how to plan their next steps on Summoner's Rift. But even Team ROCCAT could not convince their fans in the last few duels at all, three defeats in four games are the meager yield of the roster. Jiizuke and his team mates only need one more win to secure their coveted playoff spot, I expect a convincing 1-0 victory for Team Vitality.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Unicorns of Love vs. Fnatic
Match #4: Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small Unicorns of Love vs. Fnatic Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small

March 10th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

For a long time the Unicorns of Love could be found at the bottom of the standings – lurking for their chance in the 2018 Spring Split – but now it seems like it is their time to shine. With an impressive winning streak of five consecutive triumphs in a row they are very close to a playoff spot and the roster has still room to improve. Even big names like Splyce have already been defeated and the Unicorns are currently one of the strongest teams in the EU LCS. First and foremost, Jungler Kold has taken the lead in the team and his recent performances on Summoner's Rift have been excellent. Together with support player Totoro they have revolutionized the vision game of their team and are currently maybe the best Support-Jungle duo in the European LCS. But Midlaner Exileh also improved his game dramatically and was able to win the laning phase against some tough opponents – unthinkable in the early stages of the season. The solid challengers Samux and WhiteKnight complete the UOL roster and round out the team, unfortunately the Unicorns' schedule is very difficult with opponents like Fnatic, G2 Esports and the Misfits in the last two weeks of the regular season. After a defeat against the Misfits, Fnatic is still at the top of the table. The new patch provided some surprises but by now all teams should have settled in and analyzed the new mechanics in the best possible way. The top match of the week is sure to cause a stir but Fnatic has quite some advantages in this duel.

Prediction: Defending first place is definitely the main focus of the Fnatic team. A fixed playoff BYE should secure the team's attendance in the finals of the Spring Split and the Unicorns of Love should not be able to stop a title contender. In the second week after the introduction of LoL Patch 8.4 I expect a clear 0:1 victory for Fnatic.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 FC Schalke 04 vs. G2 Esports
Match #5: Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small FC Schalke 04 vs. G2 Esports Team Logo G2 Esports

March 10th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

Prediction: The hype-train of FC Schalke 04 squad has been derailed for a long time and the once highly acclaimed team is already at the last place of the European LCS. The sole players of the team are still very strong – Nukeduck and his team mates hardly ever lose their laning phase but in the mid game of their duels they always act like headless chickens. The playoff chances have already shifted far away and the 2018 Summer Split should be the next big goal to focus for the team. G2 Esports, on the other hand, suffered a defeat last week but Perkz and Co are still considered to be one of the title contenders for the Spring Split crown. In the final duel of the day I expect a clear 0-1 victory for G2 Esports.

EU LCS Spring Split 2018 – Week 8 | Day 1 

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Vitality vs UOLMatch #1: Team Logo Vitality EU LCS 2018 small Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love Team Logo Unicorns of Love EU LCS 2018 small

March 9th, 2018: 09:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST / 18:00 CET

The Unicorns of Love continued their successful run last week and now occupy the highly desired 6th place together with Roccat and the Giants. If the situation remains this way, there is a tie-breaker at the end of the regular season and said teams will have to play against each other once more. Vitality doesn't have to deal with these worries right now, because with 8 wins from 14 games and a relatively simple remaining schedule, the signs are all about playoffs. However, if the team can't improve compared to the last three weeks, third place will be difficult to hold, as Vitality is not currently playing at playoff level. Even though Jungler Gilius celebrated every victory as if they just won the playoffs and is the best at trashtalking other players, he showed a lack of understanding of the game in the last few weeks and repeatedly put his team in trouble with questionable calls. His opponent Kold of the Unicorns, on the other hand, was the team's engine and his performances will be decisive in the battle for the playoffs.

Prediction: The latest results speak volumes, the Unicorns of Love know exactly how to put pressure on the opponent from the beginning of the game, which is their most important tool in the current meta. I therefore expect a 0-1 victory for the Unicorns of Love.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Giants vs SchalkeMatch #2: Team Logo Giants EU LCS 2018 small Giants vs. Schalke 04 Team Logo Schalke 04 EU LCS 2018 small

March 9th, 2018: 10:00 AM PST / 01:00 PM EST / 19:00 CET

Prediction: Giants is still on a playoff course, but a defeat and the situation looks quite different. Schalke is currently missing exactly one point to this sixth place, but due to the difficult schedule in the next few weeks, the chances of actual participation are very poor. I see the advantages in terms of the playoffs at Giants and I also think they are ahead in this duel. Therefore, I expect a 1-0 victory for Giants Gaming.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Splyce vs MisfitsMatch #3: Team Logo SPY EU LCS 2018 small Splyce vs. Misfits Team Logo Misfits EU LCS 2018 small

March 9th, 2018: 11:00 AM PST / 02:00 PM EST / 20:00 CET

The top duel of the 8th Spring Split Week is the match Splyce vs. Misfits. Both teams still have a good chance of making playoffs, Splyce's participation is already almost certain, as the rest of the team's schedule consists only of compulsory victories. Last week, the team surprisingly won against G2, and not undeserved, because the team was very active from the beginning and could deal with patch 8.4 better than the opponent. But the Misfits have also recognized the new meta well, after all the team managed a victory against leader Fnatic. Some people claim that they only won because they had a banner of command more than their enemies. Also this week we will see a lot of baron-banner-cannon minions again, so the game between Splyce and Misfits will be decided by which team can play better for the baron. I see an advantage for Splyce right now.

Prediction: Splyce has performed well over the split and is now ready to qualify for the playoffs. I hope to see an action-packed match and I'm expecting a 1-0 victory for Splyce.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 G2 vs H2kMatch #4: Team Logo G2 Esports G2 Esports vs. H2K Team Logo H2K Gaming EU LCS 2018 small

March 9th, 2018: 12:00 PM PST / 03:00 PM EST / 21:00 CET

Prediction: Although G2 was a little shaky last week, I still see the team as a favourite for the LCS Champion title. H2K is still in the playoff race, but this week the two top teams G2 and Splyce are waiting, so the team will have to attack again in the Summer Split. I expect a 1-0 victory for G2 Esports.

EU LCS 2018 Week 8 Fnatic vs RoccatMatch #5: Team Logo Fnatic EU LCS 2018 small Fnatic vs. ROCCAT Team Logo ROCCAT EU LCS 2018 small

March 9th, 2018: 01:00 PM PST / 04:00 PM EST / 22:00 CET

Prediction: Roccat had quite good performances in the Spring Split 2018, but whether it will be enough for the playoffs seems more than doubtful. With the leader of the standings, Fnatic, a tough fight is waiting for them on Friday. In any case, I expect a 1-0 victory for Fnatic.

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