With the EU LCS beginning this week, there is no better time to run down each team and where it stands heading into the spring split.
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10. Giants Gaming
With all of last year's players gone except for Kim "Ruin" Hyeong-min, the Giants' chances at making it to the top of EU this season appear to have been, well, ruined. Getting the short end of the stick with players like Felix "Betsy" Edling, Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi, and Raphaël "Targamas" Crabbé, the Giants won't be looming over anyone anytime soon.
Having lost all of last year's roster, the offseason hit Team ROCXCAT pretty hard. Especially without Petter "Hjarnan" Freyschuss and Kim "Wadid" Bae-in in the bot lane -- who have have gone on to G2 -- ROCCAT doesn't look as though it'll be faring well this split, and even worse than the last.
Having picked up almost all of the Giants' former roster, Vitality looks to do somewhat better than ROCCAT and Giants this season, but not by a long stretch; Vitality is definitely one of the bottom-tier teams that EU will employ this season.
7. Unicorns of Love
The Unicorns of Love amazed fans and competitors alike last season with their unique play style, especially with Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir on their team. Despite their strong start, they started to slip later on, and it looks as though they might continue to slip this season with the roster changes that have been made and the competition they'll have to face.
With an entirely new roster, H2K-Gaming looks nothing like its former self as the split approaches. Having lost most of their star players and formidable looks that they had this past season, H2K doesn't appear as though they'll be making it anywhere close to the League of Legends World Championship as currently constructed.
5. Schalke 04
One of the newer teams in EU this season, Schalke 04 is dressed to impress with a roster with names like Tamás "Vizicsacsi" Kiss and Oskar "VandeR" Bogdan making up the team. When put face-to-face with other top-tier EU teams, Schalke will more than likely place fourth or fifth in the bigger picture, as their team is something to watch for, but nothing to talk about.
Bringing in some of the most prominent players from the top teams in EU last season, Splyce might not make it to the Worlds stage, but they are sure to be in the conversation. It'll be a tight race between Splyce and Schalke to be in the upper echelon of the EU LCS.
Fnatic had an underdog season of epic proportions last year, when they made it farther than anyone ever expected them to. Now, as one of the teams with the most of their former roster remaining as well as said former roster being made up of incredibly talented veterans, this team will surely have a head start over all other teams in EU, as they set their sights on worlds even before the games have started.
Coming back from Worlds on a strong note, Misfits proved everyone wrong with just how much of a force they are to be reckoned with. Retaining the majority of their old roster as well as bringing some new faces on board, Misfits is looking very strong this season, and looking to contest for the top seat in EU as well.
1. G2 Esports
They weren't called the kings of Europe for nothing, and they're back again this split to prove they still deserve the title. With all of their old roster gone except for mid laner Luka "Perkz" Perković, G2 is still looking like the most dominant team in the EU LCS this season. Having brought on the Hjarnan and Wadid bot lane duo as well as Martin "Wunder" Hansen in the top lane and Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski in the jungle, G2 is as strong as ever.