The European groups for the EU LCS 2017 Spring Split have been decided. The groups were chosen via the group captains, G2 Esports and H2K Gaming, who had the most championship points at the end of 2016. Groups A and B were formed by snake-draft, as outlined in the new EU LCS format.
League of Legends EU LCS 2017
This new format, which is actually similar to the one used by China’s LPL, splits the EU LCS teams into two groups for the first round of matches. Teams will compete within their groups in double round-robin bo3 competitions.
Group A consists of G2 Esports, Fnatic, Misfits, Giants Gaming, and ROCCAT. Group B is made up of H2K Gaming, Origen, Splyce, Unicorns of Love, and Vitality. During the draft, teams chose the next team to be part of the opposite group, so presumably, they chose the teams they’d least like to face off against in the opening rounds of the Spring Split.
Matches are set to begin on January 19th, 2017. This will precede the start of the NA LCS by just one day. The EU LCS has not yet released a broadcast schedule, or identified the individual matches for the beginning of the Spring Split.
Before any of that happens, however, the Qualifiers for the EU Challenger Series will kick off on January 10th. 12 teams will compete for supremacy, and the top two teams will receive a promotion to the EU LCS. The bo1 matches will begin January 10th at 5PM CET, and run through January 14th, with six matches each day.
Stay tuned for updates on League of Legends Spring Splits throughout the world as they kick off.