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EU LCS Survival Guide

TL;DR: As we get ready to head into the Summer Split, we’ll be making format shifts to the EU LCS schedule, including a new start time of 17:00 CEST and testing out some different broadcast days. Here’s all you need to know about the changes and how to maximise your EU LCS viewing experience.

Back in December, we announced our plans to change the LCS format for both EU and NA from the Summer Split onwards. We’ll be moving to a double Best-of-2 format in EU and all games will be broadcasted via 2 streams. This means we’ll also be adding more studio space and a brand new stage to our site in Berlin for the new stream.

Format Change

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All competing teams in the EU LCS

The Best-of-1 format we used in previous seasons offered some clear strengths: A symmetric format with a predictable match schedule, featuring all teams playing on each broadcast day. With the change to a Bo2 format for the regular season this Summer, we’re aiming to retain the strengths of the very consistent Bo1 format, while addressing some of its drawbacks, namely the overall low amount of games played in the regular season and the lack of opportunity to strategically adapt to an opponent after a loss.

Teams in the EU LCS will now play double the amount of games in the regular season, equally distributed on red and blue side, and every single one of them will matter: 1 point will be awarded for each victory and 3 points for taking two wins in a row to win a match. In the case of a draw, both teams will walk away with one point each to bolster their position in the league table.

The EU LCS Team

Since the three teams that faced potential relegation to the Challenger Series successfully defended their place in the EU LCS in the promotion tournament, we’ll be welcoming back the same 10 teams that fiercely competed in the 2016 Spring Split with one difference: FC Schalke 04 has acquired the slot of Elements to compete in the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split.

How to watch online

We’ll be showing 3 Bo2s on stream EULCS1 and 2 Bo2s on stream EULCS2 per broadcast day at the new start time of 17:00 CEST. Make sure to check the schedule on lolesports to see the lineup of matches for each stream, and head over to watch.lolesports.com to watch EULCS1 or EULCS2 or both! 

Twitch

The biggest change is that the main RiotGames channel will no longer be streaming all games. We’ll be splitting the streaming of EU LCS games across three different channels.

  • EULCS1: This channel will be primarily streaming games from the EU LCS Arena (current stage).
  • EULCS2: This channel will be streaming exclusively games that are played in the EU LCS Studio (new stage) on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • RiotGames Channel: This main channel will rotate featuring exciting match-ups or fan-favorites from around the World.  

YouTube

For YouTube, we’ll continue to stream all the games on the LoLEsportschannel.

How to watch live

Introducing the new EU LCS Arena and EU LCS Studio:

EU LCS ARENA

The current LCS stage will be renamed as the EU LCS Arena and all matches will be shown on stream EULCS1. We’ll still have a live audience as usual and tickets can be purchased here.

EU LCS STUDIO

The EU LCS Studio is the brand new space that has been added to host all matches broadcasted on EULCS2. The Studio will feature an all-new stage setup that will bring you even closer to the action, audience tickets can be found here. Alongside this we will also have a new entrance and larger merch and snack-bar area, so make sure to check out the tickets post for more information if you’re planning a visit.

Summer Split Schedule

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2016 EU LCS schedule

The full schedule is now live on lolesports including which teams will play in the Arena or Studio each day. We’ll have a couple of weeks where the broadcast will shift outside of the regular Thursday/Friday schedule: week 6 will move to Friday/Saturday and week 9 will move to Saturday/Sunday. This will allow us to evaluate a few different broadcasting schedules to inform our programming choices for 2017.

EU LCS On-air team

Alongside adding more studio space, we’ve also expanded our roster of on-air talent to break down the action each week.  We’ll have a shoutcaster desk dedicated to each stream and the analyst desk will be shared between streams.

Here’s a breakdown of the team:

Play-by-play Commentators

  • Trevor “Quickshot” Henry
  • Devin “PiraTechnics” Younge
  • Richard “Pulse” Kam
  • Introducing this split: Daniel “Tsepha” Drakos

Colour Commentators

  • Martin “Deficio” Lynge
  • Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels
  • James “Stress” O’Leary
  • Introducing this split: Andrew “Vedius” Day

Host

  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere

Get ready to join us on June 2nd for the start of the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split at the new time of 17:00 CEST.