This might be the closest EU LCS split of all time. Four teams are running in the race for first, but which team will pull ahead? If you haven't been keeping up to date with the EU LCS, all you have to know is that the top organizations are near the bottom half, while teams out of nowhere are at the top. Many teams have changed four of the five members of their rosters, and most of the issues with the team stem from communication and how well they synergize with each other.
Here is a quick little power rankings of all the the EU LCS teams.
10. Unicorns of Love
Stripped of its veteran players, UoL had to reform a new roster with Eun "Totoro" Jong-seop from bbq Olivers, Jonas "Kold" Andersen from Splyce, and Matti "WhiteKnight" Sormunen, making his LCS debut. The new UoL has yet to win a game.
The Unicorns are up against H2K and Vitality this week in hopes of finally picking up a victory.
H2K lost its entire roster from last year, including coach Neil "Prolly" Hammad. The team managed to pick up a win in the first week but ended Week 2 with a 1-3 record. They need more time to adjust and mesh with each other if they look to take more victories over the opposing organizations. H2K just seems a bit lost at the moment.
8. G2 Esports
I would have never thought to see G2 lurking at the bottom of the standings in the first two weeks of the EU LCS. Luka "PerkZ" Percovik is the only remaining player from the past roster that disbanded after last year's League of Legends World Championship.
G2 just doesn't seem like G2 anymore, but PerkZ will do his best to bring his team back to the top. Surely it won't be at the bottom for long.
Splyce is tied with a 2-2 record alongside Fnatic and FC Schalke 04. Its current performances have been a bit shaky. The new Splyce has some clear communication issues that need to be patched up if the team wants to move up in the rankings.
6. FC Schalke 04
Schalke 04 came back to the EU LCS with a fresh new roster built around Elias "Upset" Lipp. Schalke's roster looked great on paper but has had mixed results to begin the season. With the help of coach Mitch "Boris" Voorspoels, it won't be long until Schalke reaches to the top.
Schalke has a hard road ahead with Vitality and Giants Gaming in Week 3, and the team will have to really prepare for these matches to become a top-tier team.
Fnatic has made close to no changes to its roster, adding only former UoL support Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabov. The team still has that strong synergy from last year and at worlds. They might be at a small slump at the moment, but now is the time where Fnatic should begin to excel and make strides toward peak form.
4. Giants Gaming
Giants are surprising the audience with their performance on stage. Talented players from other organizations such as ROCCAT and Vitality moved to Giants and look to rebuild the team completely. Fans didn't expect much from this roster as it was one of the last to be confirmed for the season, but they have out-performed expectations through two weeks. Giants looks to land a spot in the playoffs this split.
ROCCAT is also exceeding expectations with a completely rebuilt roster. ROCCAT is taking this split by storm. Although its run so far has been a breeze, taking out teams like G2 and Splyce, the real test comes in Weeks 3 and 4, where ROCCAT faces the top teams in the EU LCS. ROCCAT has to prove to the audience it is one of the best teams in Europe.
Vitality came out of nowhere, strolling to the top of the standings. Their roster now consists of four players from Giants Gaming and have been breezing through the competition. They were handed their first loss against Misfits earlier this week. Daniele "Jiizuke" di Mauro has been tearing it up on the Rift and is quickly becoming the mid laner to watch.
Misfits continues its reign in Europe after a conniving win over team Vitality where Nubar "Maxlore" Sarafian stole the baron and turned a vital team fight in his favor. After that, I think we found our No. 1 team in Europe. Every single one of the members is pulling out the best team fights possible to snowball the fight into an objective or even the game.
Misfits will most likely show up in the finals of the split.
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