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5 Things We Learned from Week 1 of the EU LCS

After an intense Week 1, what have we learned from the EU LCS so far?

Fnatic is still very much Fnatic

There are only 3 certainties in life. Life, death, and Fnatic backdooring to win a game. Despite eventually losing the series 2-1 to G2, Fnatic pulled out a sneaky Ryze ultimate in the middle of a late-game teamfight to bring them to G2’s nexus, allowing them to finish it before they could be stopped.

H2K have a very good chance of winning their split

The last time I wrote about H2K, I called into question slightly whether or not Nuclear and Chei would actually fit into the team, being a Korean-speaking bot lane (that Jankos actually said didn’t know English beyond a few basic words). After their first 2 matches, both going to H2K in dominant 2-0 series, I know that H2K is indefensibly one of the strongest teams in the West, by a fair way. H2K has evolved over their time in the LCS, going from a team of rookies in Season 5 to what is now a team of mechanically talented players with hugely strong rotational and objective play. H2K still have more time to mesh as a team, but with how they improved just over 2 days between their game against Origen to the match against Splyce, it’s more than likely that H2K will take the entire split, should they carry on the way they’ve started.

Europe may well have a far better shot internationally this year

Compared to last year, where Week 1 of the Spring Split was a veritable shambles with teams playing the game more like solo queue than a competitive environment, 2017’s Week 1 has been a marked improvement. Part of this comes from the fact that even the speculated lower tier teams, such as Misfits, have been working hard to scrim constantly, even going as far as to spend time bootcamping in Korea in some cases. Should the teams carry on building on this strong Week 1, it bodes well for a better international performance for EU this year.

Unicorns of Love could be a surprise contender for a podium finish

Now this is admittedly highly speculative based off one match, however UOL are looking stronger now than ever before, as well as fronting one of very few all-European lineups. Having upgraded a fair amount in the jungle and coming off a strong Summer Split, UOL took down what on paper is a very strong Vitality roster in their first week, setting themselves up for what could be a strong run for them this split. They have potential to challenge H2K for a first place finish in the group, should PoE expand his champion pool slightly, and the team continue to gel.

The group system is just as weird as we expected

There’s no other way to really describe it other than weird. The groups are a little lopsided to begin with, which doesn’t help matters – but knowing that some teams will play each other more often and vice versa, along with there being two separate tables containing only 5 teams each is weird to grasp as a more casual viewer. Group B seems the far stronger of the 2 groups, meaning it’s likely that G2 proverbially strolls to a first place Group A finish where as there’s a toss up in who wins Group B. Either way, we have until the end of the split to see the progression, and perhaps we’ll warm to it a little more over time.

What was your biggest take from Week 1? Let us know in the comments!

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