EU LCS Summer Split 2018 week 1: Fnatic vs Misfits

The EU LCS Summer Split is nearly back! Will Fnatic be able to defend their title against Misfits?


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On Friday 15th June the EU LCS Summer Split officially returns, and day one’s schedule looks amazing. One of the most exciting games scheduled on day one is the match between reigning champions Fnatic and a Misfits squad with a chip on their shoulder.

Fnatic flying high after MSI

Although Fnatic will be disappointed to have lost 3-0 in their Semifinal series against Royal Never Give Up during MSI, there was a lot to praise about Fnatic’s performance during the tournament.

Caps showed up in a huge way during MSI, making a name for himself on champs like Yasuo. Bwipo also put on a solid showing in top lane, even pulling out some unexpected picks such as Singed.

There’s little doubt that Fnatic remains the favourite to win the EU LCS this Split, and the recent Korean boot camp that Caps and sOAZ went on after MSI should put the team in great stead going into week one of the Summer Split.

Given sOAZ’s hand has now fully recovered, we’ll have to wait and see whether Bwipo will feature more during the regular season, but either way, Fnatic will have a very strong top lane to complement a fierce-looking roster.

Misfits want redemption

Misfits surprised everyone by not making it to playoffs during the Spring Split, and their lacklustre performance will not be one they want to repeat this Split.

That may be why there’s been activity in the Misfits camp during the offseason, as Obsess, Special and Jesiz have been signed on as substitutes. 

Patrick “Obsess” Engelmann has joined as a substitute jungler, while Joran “Special” Scheffer has been called up from Misfits Academy to join as mid lane sub. The final new addition, Jesse “Jesiz” Le, has joined both as an assistant coach and as a support sub.

We know that Misfits are capable of strong plays, particularly in the early game, and ADC Hans Sama appears to be prepared for the new ADC meta based off his comments on Twitter. So there’s a lot to look forward to from Misfits this Split. 

If Misfits can take a win off of Fnatic, it may also provide some redemption for the team, and show the rest of the EU LCS that they are here to challenge this Split. There’s no better way to kick things off than knocking the crown off the king.

When it comes to previous performances, history is also in Misfits’ favour, having taken both wins off Fnatic during the Spring Split. However, with new subs on the Misfits’ roster, and a motivated Fnatic, we’ll have to wait and see whether Misfits can secure another this week. 

Verdict: Despite their 2018 matchup history, we edge this one to Fnatic.

Coverage of all Friday’s games will start at 6pm CET, which you can watch on the LoL Esports YouTube channel. The match between Fnatic and Misfits is scheduled to begin around 10pm CET.

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Lucy Webb

I cover League of Legends news and updates, and in my spare time can be found watching the LEC.

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