EU LCS Spring Split 2017 odds
The European League of Legends Championship Series is a fully professional League of Legends tournament. Ten teams compete in a round robin stage, with the top 6 teams continuing to an offline playoffs. Winner of hte Spring Split will represent Europe in the Mid-Season Invitational.
Set to begin on Jan. 19, the European League Championship Series will be run in a new, two-group format. The groups were snake-drafted between the teams, industry sources tell ESPN, with captains G2 Esports and H2K Gaming starting off the picks for group A and B, respectively; G2 and H2K were chosen as captains because they had the most championship points in EU LCS 2016.
The 2017 format change to include groups and best-of-threes comes after Europe tried an experimental format in the summer of 2016. Last year saw a double round-robin between all 10 teams, without groups, in best-of-two formats with losses, wins and ties counting for different numbers of points. The new 2017 format is similar to that of China's League Pro League.
In group A, G2 Esports will face off with Fnatic, Misfits, Giants Gaming and Team ROCCAT. Meanwhile, in group B, H2K Gaming will match up against Splyce, Team Vitality, Unicorns of Love and Origen. Within their groups, the teams will compete in best-of-threes in double round-robin format and will also compete in best-of-threes in single round-robin format against the other group's teams.
G2 Esports started off the draft by picking Splyce to be in the second slot of group B. Second, H2K Gaming and Splyce picked Fnatic and Misfits to be in group A. That was followed by Fnatic and Misfits picking Team Vitality and Unicorns of Love to be in group B. Lastly, Team Vitality and Unicorns of Love picked Giants Gaming and Team ROCCAT to be in group A, with Origen, the remaining team, to be in group B.
Matches are set to begin on January 19th, 2017. This will precede the start of the NA LCS by just one day. The EU LCS has not yet released a broadcast schedule, or identified the individual matches for the beginning of the Spring Split.
Before any of that happens, however, the Qualifiers for the EU Challenger Series will kick off on January 10th. 12 teams will compete for supremacy, and the top two teams will receive a promotion to the EU LCS. The bo1 matches will begin January 10th at 5PM CET, and run through January 14th, with six matches each day.
Despite his strong performance in the 2016 Summer Split and the 2016 World Championship, VandeR left the H2K roster in the offseason with the intention to “explore his opportunities” with other teams for 2017. Now it seems he’s made the decision to take a break, much like his most recent laning partner Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou.
After a rather disappointing year on the international stage despite supremacy in Europe, G2 eSports is one of the few teams to have preserved its entire line-up. Again led by YoungBuck , double champions of Europe have very little news about their preparation for the upcoming season, the desire to keep a stable team, however, shows the intention to keep a level consistent. If G2 Esports seemed out of breath at the end of 2016, the change of meta and return of assassins can do good in this team that shows a very good adaptability and excellent analysis of objectives Keywords in the game. The presence of Trick at the jungle is also a reassuring when you know the potential of the player and the impact of this item on the parties.