The final competition of the 2018 EU LCS season is here as the league’s four remaining teams face off in the Regional Qualifier gauntlet. Misfits Gaming, Splyce, G2 Esports and FC Schalke 04 are the only teams left with a chance to go to Worlds and this tournament is what can get them there.
For Misfits, this year has been a series of ups and downs competitively. Despite missing the playoffs during the Spring Split, Misfits bounced back with a fairly good summer, but only landed the region’s fifth seed heading into playoffs. Once they got there, the team proved fairly impressive in the first round, taking out G2 in a 3-0, but only managed to win one game in their next two series against the likes of Fnatic and Team Vitality — Europe's two guaranteed participants in the 2018 World Championship.
Splyce have had a similar road, but with the Summer Split proving the more difficult of the two for the team. During the Spring Split, Splyce turned a fourth seed finish during the regular season into a third place victory in the playoffs, but has since fallen off quite a bit, exiting the Summer Split playoffs in a 3-2 loss against FC Schalke 04.
Perhaps the most confusing of the teams in the gauntlet is G2 Esports. During both regular seasons, G2 has looked fantastic, only falling short of Fnatic during the spring and still coming in with an impressive 12-win fourth place finish during the summer. The trouble for the team came when they reached the playoffs of the Summer Split, where they were handily beaten by Misfits. If G2 is going to return to Worlds, the team is going to need to bounce back quickly from their startling loss a few weeks ago.
Finally, there’s FC Schalke 04, a team that no one would have expected to be here based on their Spring Split performance. However, the summer couldn’t have been more different for the team. They went from one of the worst teams in the EU LCS, to one of the best in just a few months. The Summer Split saw Schalke 04 finish in third place, significantly better than the eighth place finish they earned in spring, and battle their way to a second place finish in the playoffs. With this team getting hot at the right time of year, and only needing one game to advance to Worlds, it’s difficult to see them not making it through this tournament.
Friday, Sept. 14
- Misfits Gaming vs Splyce
Saturday, Sept. 15
- G2 Esports vs Splyce
Sunday, Sept. 16
- FC Schalke 04 vs G2 Esports