The LCS has kicked off in North America after the first day of games went down, seeing CLG, Curse and TSM all picking up wins ( although TSM did lose 1 of CLG ). Tomorrow the fun begins in Europe in what promises to be an extremely exciting opening weekend. Just like America, Riot have made it so that the opening week promises the most exciting of match ups. On the Saturday we have SK vs Fnatic to open the EU season, followed an hour later by Gambit gaming vs Evil Genuises. The other 2 games of the Saturday are Fnatic vs Giants, and SK vs Copenhagen Wolves. For the purposes of time i’ll only be going over the ‘big’ games. On Sunday we will see 5 more games which include Gambit vs Fnatic, Wolves vs EG, Giants vs Gambit, and EG vs SK. So let’s take a look at the big matchups of the week…
SK Gaming vs Fnatic. Sat 09/02 – 18:00 CEST
2 European rivals face off to open the LCS in europe. A huge rivalry that alwas offers great games whenever they face off. Mos recently we saw Fnatic topple SK at IEM Katowice thanks to an unbelievable Kassadin backdoor my xPeke. Which brings me to the point that the deciding factor for this game could well come down to who can dominate the mid lane. Ocelote and xPeke are both mid lane maestros, spanish geniuses, an intense rivals. If I can promise 1 thing from the match on Saturday, I promise you that this mid lane match up is going to be mind blowing. Another rivalry appearing is in the form of Yellowstar, the new AD carry for Fnatic after they were forced to drop Rekkles due to age laws, YellowStar was actually kicked from SK a few months ago the world finals for a lack of dedication, he is going to be hoping to make SK regret that decision. With Fnatics performances recently exceeding that of SK Gaming, they may be considered favourites, but you can never underestimate SK gaming, Ocelote posted this to his twitter account a few days ago ” My team and me are in shape, we are f****** scary right now. ” which seems to indicate high levels of confidence from SK, and with Fnatic playing well they are also going to be filled with confidence, but there can only be 1 winner of this match, and it’s going to be a good one.
Gambit Gaming vs Evil Geniuses. Sat 09/02 – 19:00 CEST
Pretty much immediately after the SK vs Fnatic game, we are going to be treated to a match up, the teams of which are widely regarded as the 2 best teams in Europe. Gambit Gaming, formerly known as Moscow 5 exploded on to the scene back in January of last year, and despite dropping form later on in the season, have regained their initial strength and are once again challenging for the top spot in Europe. Evil Geniuses have had a bumpy couple of months after leaving CLG, but eventually found a new home in EG. Expect this game to be a battle of the mids again, with Froggen and Alex Ich, in my opinion, the 2 best mids in Europe, locking horns once again. Not only the mid battle, but also watch for the jungle fight, as Snoopeh will have to deal with Diamondprox’s world renowned super aggressive counter jungle style. These 2 teams will be fighting for top spot all season, and whoever wins this first match can really take some momentum into the rest of the season. P.S SHHHH don’t tell anyone, but i’m an EG fan :O
Gambit Gaming vs Fnatic. Sun 10/02 – 18:00 CEST
Day 2 kicks off with a mega match-up. Gambit Gaming should be going in as favourites for this game but ever since IPL5, Fnatic have been on a stomping spree, getting 2nd at IPL5, 2nd at IEM Cologne, 3rd at IEM Katowice, and breezing through the qualifiers for the LCS. This game promises to be a fantastic game, will Fnatic be able to upstage the big boys?. Their roster may not be big name stars like that of Gambit Gaming, but I personally think that Fnatic can cause an upset in this game. Look out for an exciting bot lane fight between the duos of Genja/Edward vs YellowStarr/nRated.
SK Gaming vs Evil Geniuses. Sun 10/02 – 21:00 CEST
The final game of the weekend is good one, 2 veterans of the European scene battling it out to close the opening weekend of what should be an amazing season. As mentioned before, both teams are coming into the opening weekend, confident of good results, and if both teams are not careful, they could find themselevs 0-3/1-2 after the first weekend. Expect yet another epic mid battle as Ocelote and Froggen battle it out for supremacy in the mid lane, with the game possibly being decided by jungle pressure, and is that is the case, I have to back Snoopeh over Hryqbot. Nevertheless this game is going to be amazing just like the other games I’ve highlighted in this article.
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