LEC Spring Split 2019 Week 1 Preview
Another exciting season of League of Legends is inbound and the inaugural Split of the LEC (previously known as the EU LCS) looks to be a thrilling one. Following the decision to go down the franchising route like their NA counterpart, the rich got richer as we seen the return of same familiar faces but also a couple of new ones.
The official LEC teams for the 2019 season
- Excel Esports
- FC Schalke 04
- G2 Esports
- Misfits Gaming
- SK Gaming
- Team Vitality
Despite a new name and look, the format remains the same for Europe’s premier league. It will consist of a double round robin with best of 1 matches. Each team will play two games each week (1 on Friday, 1 on Saturday) and the top six teams out of the 10 will progress to the playoffs.
Week 1 Matches:
- SK vs Fnatic
- Excel vs Splyce
- FC Schalke 04 vs Vitality
- Rogue vs Misfits
- Origen vs G2 Esports
- G2 Esports vs FC Schalke 04
- Excel vs Rogue
- Splyce vs Vitality
- SK vs Misfits
- Origen vs Fnatic
There’s a couple of potential storylines brewing this season, with Fnatic making it to Worlds finals last year they are without a doubt favourites heading into the Split but with the performances and upset G2 made at Worlds and their consistent play last season, they could be considered the most likely team to cause an upset.
The newcomers, Excel Esports are one to keep an eye on. They are one of the few professional teams with a full 10-man roster, so it will be intriguing to see how they utilise the wide range of talent and options they have.
I’ve picked out two games to keep an eye out, one from each day of the action:
On Friday Excel vs Splyce would be my pick of the day, Excel will come in hoping to make a strong impression but could facing off against an established team like Splyce prove too much for them?
On Saturday I have a feeling G2 vs Schalke will be the most entertaining of the day, I expect it to be one of the longer games this weekend and could set the tide for both teams this Split.