Welcome to the Summer Split of LCS! The first thing to address is the format changes: LCS is no longer a double-round-robin best of 1, but a double-round-robin best of 2 in Europe. This is going to change are approach somewhat, as a team can now adapt over a series and have a comeback game. We’ll see how this develops as the season goes on.
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A lot of teams have gone through roster changes, but it’s reasonable to have expectations on who is going to do well and not based on individual performances in the previous split. For example, The H2K and Roccat match should go heavily to H2K, which picked up Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek in the off season. H2K kept an established roster that did well, especially in terms of kills, and added a fantasy point monster. That should be easy pickings, just watch for the expensive players.
Avoid the G2 and Origen series. We don’t know if Alfonso “mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez will be in or out due to an injury, and that can affect G2′s overall play. Likewise, Origen has a lot of big personalities now, and we don’t know how those are going to gel quite yet. This series should be telling as to where both orgs stand.
The other series to look for is Fnatic vs Giants. Giants had an awful prior season, and even though it’s had extensive roster changes it doesn’t look any better. Fnatic, on the other hand, has reacquired Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim, which will likely led to an improved macro play from the team. Grabbing Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten and Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon will be a good base for points, as the two have been leading the charge for Fnatic.
Investing into the Splyce and Vitality game is another option. Splyce was improving steadily through last split while Vitality suffered from the shift to a tank meta. Perhaps the two will be on equal enough footing to have protracted fights. There is a risk of passivity here though, as Vitality may play more conservatively after last split, so choose wisely.
As for UoL and S04, I’d give the edge to S04. It’s acquired some of UoL’s better players from last split in terms of fantasy points. This one is somewhat of a head scratcher though, as we don’t know yet how these rosters are going to perform together.That’s the notes for the start of EU LCS. As the games go on, we’ll have more statistics to work with, and a better sense of how to approach the competition. Thanks for tuning in!