Berlin is calling once again for the 10 teams hoping to win the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split.
Last season, G2 Esports beat Unicorns of Love in a gripping final to take the organization’s third title in three splits. Origen went from semifinalists at Worlds 2015 to the EU Challenger Series after being relegated. ROCCAT stunned Europe by being the only team to beat G2 Esports all split and end G2’s 400-day unbeaten streak.
All 10 teams will be separated into two groups of five and will be fighting for the ultimate prize: the right to be Europe’s No. 1 seed at Worlds 2017 on Sept. 23 in China.
You can watch all of the games on Twitch beginning June 1. All EU LCS matches are shown on a single Twitch channel, EULCS1. Here is everything you need to know for the 2017 Summer Split of the EU LCS.
G2 are coming off their impressive form at the Mid-Season Invitational where the team finished second overall, losing to SK Telecom T1 of the LCK in the finals. They will look to add another title to the organization’s growing trophy cabinet and continue to represent EU as its No. 1 seed.
Unicorns of Love
After missing out on the EU LCS title, Unicorns of Love will have to work even harder to catch up to G2. This will be the second split for Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir in the EU LCS. The Unicorns hope to see a repeat performance of Xerxe’s heroics from the previous split to better the team’s chances of winning its first EU LCS title.
After failing to qualify for Worlds 2016, Fnatic looked to rebuild its roster around ADC Martin “Rekkles” Larsson. The organization saw top laner, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, return to the team after a brief stint with Origen and the squad ended the Spring Split third overall.
After an impressive debut season in the EU LCS where they finished fourth overall, Misfits will have to continue its form without star jungler Lee “KaKAO” Byung-kwon, who was replaced by former ROCCAT jungler, Nubar “Maxlore” Sarafian. Maxlore isn’t as technically gifted as KaKAO, but the communication improvements should bring better stability throughout each lane.
H2k had a poor showing in the Spring Split after replacing the team’s bot lane with two Korean imports. The return of mid laner Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten gave H2k fans hope that the team would be able to challenge for the EU LCS title this year, but things didn’t go according to plan. H2k now faces the tough task of improving their communication to stake a claim for one of EU’s spots at Worlds 2017.
From third seed at Worlds to barely making playoffs, Splyce will have to drastically look at last season’s poor performance if they have any ambitions of surviving the Summer Split. With the departure of the team’s long-time head coach, all eyes will be on Fayan “Gevous” Pertijs to see if he can have the same impact that Jacob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi had on the team last year.
Vitality looked to strengthen their team after barely avoiding relegation in the Spring Split, bringing in YamatoCannon from Splyce and support player Oskar “VandeR” Bogdan, who famously made it to the semifinals of Worlds last year with H2k-Gaming. The team is looking beyond its troubles to challenge the EU LCS in the Summer Split.
ROCCAT hopes to start off better this time around after the team’s resurgence in the second half of the Spring Split, going from relegation scare to playoff ambitions. All eyes will be on the rookie of the team, Milo “Pridestalker” Wehnes, to see if he can fill the void left by Maxlore.
This German organization not only bought the Misfits Academy EU LCS slot, but also its roster, giving the team a great chance in their debut EU LCS season. The former Misfits Academy members were able to overcome Schalke 04, who went undefeated in the EU CS Spring Split. The Mysterious Monkeys will try to utilize their synergy to kickstart their Summer Split campaign.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
After buying the Fnatic Academy spot, NiP is returning to the EU LCS after a four year absence from the league. With an entirely new roster, NiP will need to find synergy in a short amount of time before the start of the EU LCS.
Riot hasn’t released the full schedule yet, so this is currently incomplete. We will update this story as needed.
11:00 ET: H2k-Gaming vs. Splyce
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. Misfits
11:00 ET: Roccat vs. G2 Esports
14:00 ET: Vitality vs. Unicorns of Love
11:00 ET: H2k-Gamings vs. Mysterious Monkeys
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
11:00 ET: Misfits vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
14:00 ET: G2 Esports vs. Fnatic
11:00 ET: Splyce vs. Vitality
14:00 ET: Mysterious Monkeys vs. Unicorns of Love
11:00 ET: Misfits vs. Roccat
14:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. G2 Esports
11:00 ET: Splyce vs.Mysterious Monkeys
14:00 ET: Unicorns of Love vs. H2k-Gaming
11:00 ET: Vitality vs. Mysterious Monkeys
14:00 ET: Roccat vs. Fnatic
11:00 ET: Misfits vs. G2 Esports
14:00 ET: Splyce vs. Unicorns of Love
11:00 ET: Roccat vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
14:00 ET: Vitality vs. H2k-Gaming
11:00 ET: Misfits vs. Vitality
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. H2k-Gaming
11:00 ET: Roccat vs. Splyce
14:00 ET: Unicorns of Love vs. G2 Esports
11:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. H2k-Gaming
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. Mysterious Monkeys
Weeks five to 10 are tentative and can change in the future.
11:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Mysterious Monkeys
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. Splyce
11:00 ET: Roccat vs. Vitality
14:00 ET: Misfits vs. H2k-Gaming
11:00 ET: Mysterious Monkeys vs. G2 Esports
14:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Unicorns of Love
11:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Vitality
14:00 ET: Roccat vs. H2k-Gaming
11:00 ET: Splyce vs. G2 Esports
14:00 ET: Misfits vs. Unicorns of Love
11:00 ET: Roccat vs. Mysterious Monkeys
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. Vitality
11:00 ET: H2k-Gaming vs. G2 Esports
14:00 ET: Roccat vs. Unicorns of Love
11:00 ET: Misfits vs. Mysterious Monkeys
14:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Splyce
11:00 ET: Fnatic vs. Unicorns of Love
14:00 ET: G2 Esports vs. Vitality
11:00 ET: Misfits vs. Splyce
11:00 ET: Mysterious Monkeys vs. Vitality
14:00 ET: G2 Esports vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
11:00 ET: Splyce vs. H2k-Gaming
14:00 ET: Misfits vs. Fnatic
11:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Roccat
14:00 ET: Unicorns of Love vs. Mysterious Monkeys
11:00 ET: Mysterious Monkeys vs. Splyce
14:00 ET: G2 Esports vs. Misfits
11:00 ET: H2k-Gaming vs. Vitality
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. Roccat
11:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Misfits
14:00 ET: Unicorns of Love vs. Splyce
11:00 ET: Roccat vs. Misfits
14:00 ET: Fnatic vs. G2 Esports
11:00 ET: Vitality vs. Splyce
14:00 ET: H2k-Gaming vs. Unicorns of Love
11:00 ET: G2 Esports vs. Roccat
14:00 ET: Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Fnatic
11:00 ET: Mysterious Monkeys vs. H2k-Gaming
14:00 ET: Unicorns of Love vs. Team Vitality