The conclusion of Rift Rivals marks the halfway point of League of Legends’ summer split. These first five weeks of LCS action have been wildly different to the Spring Season, with some surprising teams occupying the top spots.
Looking ahead to Worlds, here are the biggest winners and losers of the EU LCS so far.
Fnatic are back on track
It’s fair to say Fnatic have been struggling in recent splits. Unable to find a stable roster, or good coaching, none of their line-ups put up anything close to an impressive performance. They managed to finish on a high in spring split, but even so a shaky season left much to be desired for the Season 1 World Champions.
Currently they sit proudly at the top of Group A, with an impressive 6-1 record, unmatched in the entire League. They have won consistently against every other contender in the League, and are putting up impressive stats to boot. We still have 5 weeks ahead of us, but it’s a safe assumption to make that this Fnatic Lineup will be making it to Worlds.
G2: The end of a dynasty
All good things must come to an end. The unparalleled success of G2 domestically is still mind boggling. Going over 400 days without dropping a series in EU, they established themselves firmly as the long ruling kings of Europe. After having to play with subs for the few matches, nobody expected G2 to dominate, but even with the return of their superstar lineup has left them wanting.
Sitting third in their group on a meagre 3-3 puts them in a shaky position. Their only victories have been against the bottom-of-the-pack teams, so their upcoming matches against Splyce and H2k will decide their fate for this season.
A faltering performance from the new kids on the block
There was plenty of excitement for the two new teams joining EU, Misfits Academy and Fnatic Academy respectively. When Ninjas in pyjamas were confirmed to be coming back to league of legends, this excitement peaked. But after changing the entire starting lineup the initial optimism gave way to criticism, which as it turns out was more than warranted.
Neither NIP or the other newcomer, Mysterious Monkeys expected anything other than bottom 2 in their debut split, but their level of play has been painful to watch. Both of the teams are performing at a much lower standard than is expected of an LCS team. Why are they lagging so far behind the pack? Difficult to say, but it’s certainly a worrying sign for the level of competition in EU LCS.
The next 5 weeks could well see the competition turns completely on its head. But if the first half of the split is anything to go by, we will be seeing Fnatic rise as the new dominant force rise in European League of Legends, closely followed by the surging H2k, Unicorns of Love and Misfits.
Fnatic’s form has certainly been promising. EU fans will hope they can continue it on the world stage.