Aug 7 2016 - 9:56 pm

Schalke 04 and NRG eSports relegated from the LCS

Schalke 04 and NRG eSports were unable to reclaim their spots in the LCS, each losing a vital promotion tournament match today
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Schalke 04 and NRG eSports were unable to reclaim their spots in the LCS, each losing a vital promotion tournament match today.

In Europe, EU Challenger Series champions Misfits were able to best LCS debutants Schalke 3-1 in convincing fashion to cap off an undefeated Summer Split.

German soccer giants Schalke entered to LCS this Split, purchasing the spot previously belonging to Elements. The investment has not paid off however, with the team relegated to the Challenger Series at the first time of asking.

Misfits were formerly known as Renegades Banditos, but the organization was forced to sell the team after Riot banned Renegades and its owners in May.

Misfits will be the only new entry into the EU LCS for the 2017 Spring Split after Millenium fell at the first hurdle of the promotion tournament—unless yet another team decides to sell their spot in the league.

NRG eSports came out on the losing end in North America. The venture capital-funded organization were defeated by Echo Fox 3-0 after a loss to Cloud9 Challenger yesterday.

After an up and down year in the LCS, and a mixed performance in the promotion tournament this Split, Echo Fox can breathe a sigh of relief after securing themselves at least one more run in the LCS next year.

The loss has already ignited a discussion among fans and pundits alike about the effect that the high risk of relegation could have in dissuading potential future investors. For now, two organizations that had only recently invested a significant financial sum in purchasing an LCS spot will have to face up to the reality of life in League of Legends' second tier. 

Jan 23 2017 - 8:57 am

Cloud9 and FlyQuest soar in NA LCS openers

After a weekend of exciting games, two teams remain undefeated.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

Cloud9 and FlyQuest found themselves on top of the NA LCS heap after the first weekend of play of 2017.

Cloud9, who dispatched TSM on the opening day in convincing fashion, secured a second win over Team Dignitas on day three.

The match was a close affair, impressing many fans who were unsure what to make of the new Dignitas lineup. Cloud were able to record a 2-1 victory with Dignitas winning game two in just 33 minutes, showing that this may well be a match we see down the road in the post-season.

Dignitas did manage to pick up a win on their return to the LCS, knocking off Pheonix1 2-1.

Cloud9's former sister team, now known as FlyQuest, turned heads on their debut with a pair of strong wins. After beating EnVyUs on day two, they faced a team who have made four playoffs in a row—Team Liquid.

It looked like experience would count for Liquid after they took FlyQuest apart in game one, but the rookie side rallied hard. After levelling the series, FlyQuest took the third game in a lightning fast 25 minutes. In the final two games they kept Liquid to just six kills in each.

TSM rebounded from their loss to Cloud9 with a thrilling victory over Immortals. After two gruelling 50+ minute games, in which both teams topped 90,000 gold, the teams were locked at 1-1. Game three saw a much more assured TSM performance, cleaning up the objectives and taking a decisive win inside 40 minutes.

Counter Logic Gaming also opened their account for 2017, winning against EnVyUs 2-0. That loss and the loss to FlyQuest leaves EnVyUs struggling at the bottom of the table alongside Echo Fox, who were unsuccessful against both Pheonix1 and Immortals.

Jan 21 2017 - 10:20 pm

G2 Esports and H2k-Gaming on top after EU LCS opening weekend

Last year's top teams haven't missed a beat.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

G2 Esports and H2k-Gaming picked up exactly where they left off as the 2017 European LCS season got underway.

Both G2 and H2k, who had the most championship points in Europe in 2016, won both of their first two matches of the 2017 Spring Split as they look to win out in their respective groups.

In the biggest match of the weekend on paper, G2 beat Fnatic 2-1 in a thrilling series to the delight of the crowd in the LCS studio. The first game was a cagey affair, with G2 securing all of the objectives and getting a relatively comfortable win, but the second game was far closer.

The game was level for most of the first thirty minutes, until Fnatic managed to take Baron. From there the team's advantage slowly developed despite G2's best efforts. Fnatic broke down G2's defences and left the Nexus exposed, before this daring flash play let Fnatic in the backdoor to win the game.

Fired up by the audacious play, G2 Esports fired back in game three. Though Fnatic were able to secure more kills than G2, 20-14, G2 once again took almost all of the objectives. They wore down Fnatic with repeated attacks on the Nexus until Fnatic could no longer withstand the pressure.

G2 also defeated Roccat 2-0, finishing the week top of Group A.

H2k-Gaming went just one better than G2 in Group B—not only did they win both of their initial matches, they also did without dropping a game. The 2016 World Championship semifinalists defeated Origen in the first game of the season, before knocking off fellow World Championship competitors Splyce.

Misfits and Unicorns of Love were the only other victorious sides on the opening weekend, over Giants Gaming and Vitality respectively.