Don’t walk away from the LCS scene yet! We’ve got unfinished business to attend to. The third seed for the EU LCS has yet to be decided, and the EU LCS Regional Finals 2018 are here to do just that.
Four teams will participate in a best of 5 matches in the King of the Hill format. The ones who win will step ahead and face the next team in their way, while the losing team will be disqualified. The team that’s left standing at the end of the match-spree will become the third seed for the EU LCS and have the privilege of a shot at the World Cup this year.
Any one of the teams that qualified for the EU LCS Summer playoffs has the potential to win it all and go on to the international stage … yes, even Splyce. However, it doesn’t seem too likely that they will, which is why we’re here to give insight into which teams look to be the strongest right now (and those who don’t).
EU LCS Regional Finals 2018 Schedule
Friday, September 14, 2018 – Day 1 (Splyce vs Misfits)
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – Day 2 (G2 Esports vs TBD)
Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Day 3 (Schalke 04 vs TBD)
The teams are placed in ascending order according to the amount of championship points they have. The one with the highest being Schalke, while the lowest, and the one at the bottom, is Splyce. It’ll be over within a single weekend, by the end of which we’ll have our third seed at the ready.
EU LCS Regional Finals 2018: Power Rankings
1. Schalke 04
It was a tough decision between Schalke and G2 for the top spot. However, after Schalke’s recent performance this has given us the confidence that they’ll be able to win this one. Their chances of winning, along with the current ‘power’ they wield, are probably the highest in the group right now.
They’ve developed an ability to anticipate what is coming from a team. We seen this against Fnatic and Vitality, and we’re sure they’ll be able to come up with a whole new strategy for day 3 of the EU LCS Regional Finals 2018.
Nukeduck showed that he can play aggressive champs, even against the best mid laner in the region. He came close to destroying Caps at certain times, which gives us confidence in him being able to take Perkz on. Schalke have an amazing (no pun intended) roster at the moment that flows like water.
We doubt Hjarnan will be able to keep up with Upset like Rekkles did. The current meta heavily suits Schalke 04 and this increases their chances at winning the EU LCS Regional Finals 2018. They’ll have more time to prepare for their opponent since they’re on top of the ladder. This preparation time has proved a bonus for Schalke.
2. G2 Esports
Last we checked, the Perkz and Jankos duo was suffering immensely due to Jankos’ shortcomings. We expect those will have been taken care of by now. If not, G2 really don’t stand much of a chance during this event.
Wunder has always had trouble dealing with Alphari. If Misfits win against Splyce, as we’ve predicted they will, he’ll have his work cut out for him. We hope and expect that problems like these will have been solved because G2 have had plenty of time to recover from where they’ve found themselves.
At their best, Misfits aren’t just the best team in the region … they’re one of the best in the world. However, the problem is that they’ve recently been at their worst, which is a performance that’ll make you question what they’re doing in the EU LCS Playoffs in the first place.
It’s all a matter of where they are right now. Their playmaking recently has been poo and that’s why they have been placed 3rd.
Misfits have a great laning phase. They win most, if not all, of their lanes. Yes, we’ve seen Sencux being smashed to the ground when he tried to challenge Perkz in a battle of mechanics in the past, but once he’s on a Malzahar that changes. From there he is able to move the team along. The team’s top lane, bot lane and jungler are all S+ tier. This makes their recent performances puzzling.
If they work on their macro they can make the EU LCS Regional Finals 2018 more interesting. If not, there’s always next year.
Last, and apparently the least as well, is Splyce. They’re by no means a bad team; they’ve taken down the best of the competition repeatedly. However, what really goes against them is their lack of consistency. They’ve been flip flopping for quite some time, and it’s reflected in their win rate.
When it comes to individual match ups they are outclassed. They rely too heavily on the late game. Most of their games recently have ended near the 30 minute mark, which is where they do their best work. That’s why this team is sitting 4th in our list.
If they can figure out a way to get to the late stages of their games, they have a fighting chance. If they can’t, then it’s game over for them.
They will have prepared for this event rigorously from the moment they were defeated in the EU LCS Summer 2018 quarterfinals. However, it’s still a long shot to assume that anything will have changed for them because the meta is the same. And even if the meta favored them, they’ve still got 3 of the best teams in Europe to defeat, which we doubt they’ll be able to do.
What do you think of our breakdown of the EU LCS Regional Finals 2018? Do you think Schalke 04 will win it, or do you think there’s another team who’ll grab the third seed title and head over to Worlds? Let us know in the comments below!