EU LCS: 2018 survival guide

The EU LCS is back in January, with a new broadcast schedule and format.

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The 2018 EU LCS Spring Split is edging ever closer, and will be returning on January 19th. Riot has now confirmed the broadcast schedule, along with the first four weeks of games between the teams. Let’s look at the details below.

New broadcast days

Riot is running a new broadcast schedule for the 2018 season, which means that games will no longer be shown on Thursdays. In a move to make broadcasts more accessible to fans, games will be shown from 6pm CET on Fridays and from 5pm CET on Saturdays.

You can catch the games through Lolesports, YouTube, or the Riot Games channel on Twitch.

Initial game schedules released

Riot has released the schedule for the first four weeks of the 2018 Spring Split, with the full schedule expected to be released shortly.

The schedule for those initial four weeks is:

Week 1

Friday January 19th, 6pm CET:

  • G2 Esports vs Misfits
  • Vitality vs H2K
  • Unicorns of Love vs Giants Gaming
  • ROCCAT vs FC Schalke 04
  • Fnatic vs Splyce

Saturday January 20th, 5pm CET

  • Giants Gaming vs Vitality
  • Splyce vs Unicorns of Love
  • H2K vs Fnatic
  • G2 Esports vs ROCCAT
  • Misfits vs FC Schalke 04

Week 2

Friday January 26th, 6pm CET

  • Giants Gaming vs G2 Esports
  • Splyce vs ROCCAT
  • Misfits vs H2K
  • Vitality vs Fnatic
  • FC Schalke 04 vs Unicorns of Love

Saturday January 27th, 5pm CET

  • H2K vs Giants Gaming
  • Unicorns of Love vs ROCCAT
  • Vitality vs Misfits
  • Splyce vs FC Schalke 04
  • Fnatic vs G2 Esports

Week 3

Friday February 2nd, 6pm CET

  • Unicorns of Love vs H2K
  • Giants Gaming vs ROCCAT
  • FC Schalke 04 vs Vitality
  • G2 Esports vs Splyce
  • Fnatic vs Misfits

Saturday February 3rd, 5pm CET

  • Unicorns of Love vs Vitality
  • FC Schalke 04 vs Giants Gaming
  • ROCCAT vs Fnatic
  • H2K vs G2 Esports
  • Misfits vs Splyce

Week 4

Friday February 9th, 6pm CET

  • H2K vs Splyce
  • ROCCAT vs Vitality
  • Giants Gaming vs Misfits
  • Fnatic vs Unicorns of Love
  • G2 Esports vs FC Schalke 04

Saturday February 10th, 5pm CET

  • Vitality vs Splyce
  • H2K vs FC Schalke 04
  • ROCCAT vs Misfits
  • Fnatic vs Giants Gaming
  • G2 Esports vs Unicorns of Love

As we’ve discussed previously, changes are coming to the EU LCS in 2018. This means that games will now take a Bo1 format, in a bid to make League more accessible to fans.

Additionally, the 10 teams competing in the EU LCS will now also take part in both the Spring and Summer Splits, as promotions and relegations will take place annually rather than after each split. 

Playoffs

Riot also announced that the playoffs will begin on 23 March 2018, with the quarterfinals being held on that date. Although the quarterfinals and semifinals will be broadcast on Friday and Saturday, the finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday, as per the previous season. Further details regarding the Spring Split finals are expected to be announced by Riot in early 2018, so stay tuned for all of the details as they come!

You can see the full announcement from Riot here.

Are you looking forward to the return of the EU LCS in January? Let us know in the comments below!

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