Just like the NA LCS last season, EU LCS will go the full franchising route this 2019, and with that, comes with a rebranding and renaming of the successful league as the EU LCS will now be known as the League of Legends European Championship going forward.
The League of Legends European Championship, or LEC, will be the second franchised league in League of Legends.
The rebrand coincides with the introduction of the franchising system to the league. This is similar to what happened to the NA LCS last season. And, just like with the NA LCS, some team couldn’t make the cut and will no longer be part of the league in 2019. The loss of four beloved franchises is definitely a huge blow to their fans. But, even so, there’s no reason to be sad. Instead, this is a time to celebrate.
Although the teams that did not make the list will definitely be missed, the introduction of the League of Legends European Championship promises to bring in more financial security to the league, in addition to opening it up to the possibilities of much larger investments, which could usher in a new era of high-level gameplay and better production quality.
Which Teams Are Part of the League of Legends European Championship?
- FC Schalke 04
- G2 Esports
- SK Gaming
Of these teams, four are new additions to the league, with three of them having had zero experience competing in the EU LCS in the past. Origen, one of the new teams, competed in the EU LCS from 2014 to 2017 before losing their spot to Misfits Gaming (then Misfits Academy) during their winless performance at the 2017 EU LCS Promotion Tournament.
According to Riot, they chose each team to help “blend the very best of native esports expertise with fresh commercial insight and backing.”
As for how Riot came up with the name change from EU LCS to the LEC, Riot did not provide much info. Other than adding that it was to help forge a “fresh new identity” to the league, the name change doesn’t seem to carry much significance.
Fresh off a strong showing at the 2018 Worlds Championship where EU LCS representatives, G2 Esports and Fnatic, captured 3rd and 2nd place, respectively, the introduction of the newly-franchised league and its effect on the competitive landscape of League of Legends will be one of the more interesting points of discussion throughout next season.
The League of Legends European Championship will officially kick off with its inaugural season on January 2018 with the Spring Split.
Which teams from the newly-franchised LEC are you excited to see the most? Which teams from last year’s EU LCS will you miss dearly? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.