The EU LCS is really coming into focus in the last half of the season. That doesn’t mean there’s no intrigue, however.
We’ve finally found out that Misfits can be beat. G2 also have issues they need to resolve and FC Schalke 04 finally got the big win they’ve been looking for.
With seven quality clubs vying for the playoffs, we turned to our League experts to see who would make it. We assigned point rankings to each team from one (worst) to 10 (best). We’ll start at the bottom to get the non-playoff teams out of the way.
Hope is nearly gone
Some of the teams at the bottom of the table aren’t actually mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. But hope seems lost given the quality of the teams ahead of them.
10) H2k (four points)
There’s only four more weeks before we have to stop talking about H2k. The franchising process will determine if we ever talk about them again.
9) GIANTS Gaming (nine points)
GIANTS threw two winnable games last week, first to Vitality in an extremely messy affair, then to UOL. Those were losses that GIANTS could not afford.
8) Unicorns of Love (11 points)
Unicorns’ wins this split have come against GIANTS (twice), H2k, and early-split Splyce. They haven’t beaten anyone.
These teams are clumped so close together in the standings that a good or bad week for any of them would have huge playoff implications. It should be an exciting race to the finish.
7) ROCCAT (17 points)
ROCCAT continue to keep pace with the playoff teams but just can’t pick up key victories when it matters. Last Saturday’s loss vs. Vitality was a huge opportunity that ROCCAT let slip away.
6) FC Schalke 04 (22 points)
Schalke are hanging around in fourth place, a game ahead of Vitality and ROCCAT. They finally got a victory over a playoff squad last week, something that had eluded them so far.
5) Vitality (23 points)
Vitality got two important victories last week with substitute jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek, arresting a three-game slide. This week they’ll get much tougher competition: they play Fnatic at 3pm CT on Friday.
4) Splyce (26 points)
Splyce drafted a horrible composition against G2 last Friday that ceded the entire early game. But the win on Saturday over Misfits was everything this team hopes to do: play even for 20 minutes and use their macro to grind out a victory.
The triumvirate reigns again
These three teams have had a strangehold over the region this split and it shows no signs of abating.
3) G2 (32 points)
G2 lost again, this time to another possible playoff team in Schalke. Jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski continued to show problems in the early game. Schalke bullied him as a team and then got a kill onto their mid lane Zed, at which point the game was basically over.
2) Fnatic (37 points, one first-place vote)
Fnatic are on fire right now. One concern is their stubborn fixation on non-marksman bot lanes. ADCs are finding their way into the meta in other regions including the LPL and the LCK. Will we see the return of ADC Martin “Rekkles” Larsson anytime soon?
1) Misfits (39 points, three first-place votes)
Misfits played a tepid early game against Splyce, which was odd given the matchup. More concerning was the fact that they sacrificed side lanes and minions despite having a better-scaling comp.