The EU LCS is getting more and more entertaining with several teams playing well down the stretch. Misfits just suffered their first loss to Fnatic, who could be back on the warpath to the championship. Splyce and Schalke are playing well, and even teams like Vitality and ROCCAT aren’t out of it.
With the games getting better and better, it’s going to be a real struggle to make playoffs and claim one of Europe’s three spots at Worlds. With seven quality squads, someone’s bound to be disappointed.
To sort through what happened in week five, we asked our team of experts to rank each roster. We assigned points from one (worst) to 10 (best). As always, we start at the bottom.
Not a good look
This is a crucial split even for the teams at the bottom, because Riot’s franchising decision is expected by November. Unfortunately for these three teams, their applications are not going to be able to rely on their recent performance in the league.
10) H2k (4 points)
H2k used to be a proud brand with an underdog mentality and an appearance in the Worlds semifinals in 2016. Now, on the eve of franchising, they may be on the outside looking in.
9) Unicorns of Love (nine points)
With ADC Samuel “Samux” Fernandez out for another couple of weeks after his latest operation, we’re not sure if this team can arrest its recent slide in the standings.
8) GIANTS Gaming (11 points)
GIANTS picked up another win, but it was against H2k. It wasn’t the cleanest game, but they’ll take any victory they can get.
These teams have been a bit shaky lately, but they’re still in the mix for playoffs. At least one of them is not going to make the EU post season and will have to fight their way through the gauntlet to qualify for Worlds.
7) ROCCAT (17 points)
ROCCAT have gotten another solid split from jungler Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi, and the rest of the team is playing well. They played nearly a perfect game against G2 last Sunday to keep pace in the playoff race.
6) Vitality (22 points)
Vitality had the worst week of the bunch, which prompted a big roster change: Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek will start Friday’s match vs. Giants, with Erberk “Gilius” Demir moving to the bench for that game. Gilius has improved this split but did not show up last week.
5) FC Schalke 04 (23 points)
Schalke went 2-0 last week against the weakest teams in the league. This week they get Fnatic and G2 in a true litmus test of how good they’ve become.
4) Splyce (26 points)
Splyce are on a tear through the second half of the season, just like last split. If jungler Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir can keep up the early tempo, they could continue to surge.
These three teams are nearly guaranteed to make playoffs. But it won’t be enough—they all want to pick up some victories for Europe at Worlds.
3) Fnatic (34 points)
Fnatic had a huge-bounce back week, defeating Chres “Sencux” Laursen’s mid lane Yasuo with a pocket Wukong pick. They figured out how to make Misfits uncomfortable, which was enough for them to pick up a win.
2) G2 (34 points)
G2 have been tied with Fnatic for a while, but if they keep making mistakes like last Sunday’s no-show vs. ROCCAT, they could be in for a tumble down the standings. Weeks of playing funnel comps seemed to have dulled jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski’s senses.
1) Misfits (40 points)
Misfits finally lost, but it wasn’t a disheartening one. They played conservatively against a champion we haven’t seen at this level in years. They’ll bounce back just fine.