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Why Should You Watch the EU LCS? We Asked the Pros

We asked professional players for their thoughts on what makes the Summer Split worth tuning into each weekend.

One of the most exciting prospects in the coming weeks will be the unique meta that recently took control over the Rift. We know for a fact that the first games will be played after the 8.11 update which favors crazy picks such as Karthus, who is now surprisingly viable when supported by Nunu.

The meta is going to be fun and the games will definitely be crazy. If you enjoy watching fights all over the place and some weird picks, this split may be just the thing for you.

Rasmus “Caps” Winther

We’ve already seen the first signs of the developing meta in the Korean and Chinese leagues. It says enough that Taliyah, who transitioned from a mid laner to jungler in Patch 8.11, is now the most frequently banned champion in these regions.

As mentioned above, Karthus is back in play alongside Mordekaiser and Mundo, making the tactics used in Spring a distant memory. It’s almost scary to think how the EU LCS will look on Friday!

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Regardless of how the matches go, Europe will definitely remain one of the best regions in the world, as Rekkles reminded us.

We had a decent showing at the MSI and, in some ways, we might’ve been the second or third region of that tournament. If you’re interested in watching one of the best regions in the world, definitely tune in to the EU LCS Summer Split.

Martin “Rekkles” Larsson

Even though Fnatic are supposedly a little rusty, their extensive experience on the international stage will surely give them a competitive edge.

We may not have that game-time advantage after the MSI, but we probably know some things that other European teams don’t.

Martin “Rekkles” Larsson
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My clash with Vander might be very interesting to Polish fans. I like and respect him very much, but I think that the national competition makes for stronger play.

Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński

The EU LCS also has the unique trait of creating not only team rivalries but national rivalries. Setting the stage for skirmishes between European countries, the EU LCS always has new narratives to follow. One of the more interesting clashes for the Polish audience has been generating some buzz for a while now: The battle between Jactroll and Vander.

The Summer Split games will also see the return of German jungler Amazing, who will contribute his experience to Schalke 04 this season. Vitality’s Gilius, however, seems to have a different opinion on Amazing’s arrival.

If you want to learn how to out-jungle the enemy, then you can come and watch me play. I was the only German jungler before and now Amazing is here. The spot of the best German jungler is on the line. He can try, but I don’t think he can pull it off.

Erberk “Gilius” Demir
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I don’t see him as a rival. I don’t really care about him. I just want to play the game and enjoy myself.

Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider

When we caught up with Amazing later, we asked him what he thought about their upcoming jungle battle.

The vet kept his cool, and he might even do the same in the face of Gilius’ infamous Twitter banter, but there will definitely be no avoiding him in the Rift.

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Players are also very aware of rising expectations as the Summer Split doubles down on the stakes.

Summer is more exciting because there’s just more on the line now. A lot of teams are trying harder now as winning the Summer Split gets you to Worlds instantly.

Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu

Odoamne also had positive words to share about the fresh perspective the EU production team brings to their broadcasts.

I think the EU Production Team has so far really been stepping up their game this year. There are now way more storylines and fun interviews, and the production value grew a lot. You just see much more of the players than in previous splits.

Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu
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Djoko, on the other hand, focused on the huge changes coming to the European league’s structure.

This Split is really important for everyone because, next year, the franchise is coming to the EU LCS. Everyone will do their best to show they’re great players. It will be an interesting Split for people who want to watch great plays, but also good macro and teamplays. People can learn a lot from it.

Charly “Djoko” Guillard

Some of the youngest players in the european scene have intense rivalries already forming, but it’s the educational aspect of the EU LCS Summer Split which appeals to them most.

The biggest reason to watch the EU LCS is to improve your own skills. Before I became a professional player, I used to watch a lot of casts in order to learn from them. League of Legends is addictive. Everyone wants to improve their solo queue ranking, and watching the games definitely helps with that.

Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński
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When I was watching the pro players before, I thought it was kind of cool that people are getting paid for playing video games, and then I kept watching just to get better myself. I saw what champions people were playing and picked them because they obviously would pick good champions, right?

Tore “Norskeren” Eilertsen
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During the Spring Split we had one team that was clearly the best, which was Fnatic, and apart from them everyone could beat everyone else. It will be really interesting to watch that spectacle. I also think that most of the new players are developing really well, so teams will be even better prepared for the Summer Split, as they got on-stage experience.

Elias “Upset” Lipp

Between rivalries, showmanship and skillful plays, the EU LCS has plenty for any fan to find intriguing. So pull up a chair, pick a team to cheer on, and get ready for some Summer Split action!

Why do you watch EU LCS? Let us know in the comments below!