The winds of change that blow through the offseason always create a fascinating set of loose threads ready to be woven into new storylines. And while North American and Chinese franchising has dominated headlines, there’s plenty of reason for excitement and curiosity in Europe, too.
Here are three of the EU LCS’s offseason moves that have captured my imagination the most going into 2018.
Hylissang joins Fnatic
Anything Fnatic does generates plenty of attention, simply given who they are as a brand and what they represent for Europe as a region. But Hylissang doesn’t just deserve discussion because of the team he’s joining. In my opinion, he has the potential to be among the most influential pick-ups for any team in Europe. Continue reading Three EU LCS Roster Moves to Watch
The historic greatness of “EU mids” has been waning for some time.
There are several good mid laners in Europe right now, but we’re no longer living in the glory days when Danish and Spanish titans were stalking the Rift and leaving their indelible marks on the League of Legends history books. That’s partly because of an ongoing exodus of skill to North America, thinning out the upper strata of the talent pool, but there’s also a lack of compelling narratives to tell around the current generation of EU LCS mid laners: it’s become more difficult to clearly establish their legacies and in-game personalities.
Unquestionably, though, the average level of European mid lane talent has remained high, and there are stories very much worth telling, even if those narratives don’t flow quite so easily, and even if we must continue to wait and hope for the arrival of Europe’s next true mid lane superstar. Continue reading EU Mids: Searching for the lost superstars
Several teams have changed ownership and branding this offseason, including Splyce, who earned their place in the European LCS by winning the EU Challenger Series playoffs over Mousesports. At the time, Splyce was known as Dignitas.EU, and their qualification into the LCS prompted the sale of the team since no organization is allowed to own multiple LCS squads.
DIG.EU was sold to an organization then known as FollowEsports, who rebranded both themselves and their teams to Splyce shortly thereafter.
Splyce will carry four of their players over into their first LCS split. Wunderwear will man the Top lane, Sencux is playing Mid, Kobbe is their AD Carry, and Nisbeth anchors the team as Support. In the Jungle, Obvious has been removed from the team in favor of Trashy, who played for Enemy in North America during 2015.
This article presents an overview scouting report of Splyce, including their strengths and weaknesses as a team and some thoughts about their chances for success in their first LCS split.
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