Life of an LCS Manager

I’m often asked “what exactly do you do as an LCS team manager?” The role of a manager in esports is fairly broad; a manager’s duties vary significantly from team to team, so I can only speak as to my role as a manager within Fnatic. Where the head coach is responsible for everything inside the game, I’m in charge of everything outside of the game.
3 weeks ago

Hiss of Death: Fnatic vs Splyce

Splyce look to pip Fnatic to a top-2 spot in the penultimate week of the summer split!
1 month ago

Style Points

We’ve all heard the saying: offense wins games, James Bond cosplay wins championships. Or something to that effect. Under section 5.4, “Player and Coach Apparel”, the LCS’ 2016 Season Official Rules states that “coaches must wear, at a minimum, business casual attire while at the studio. Business casual does not include: athletic wear, sneakers, team-branded apparel, etc.” Translation: look fine or get fined.
1 month ago

Motivation, Mindset and Attitude

ROCCAT's coach GrabbZ outlines the mental characteristics that make a great pro player. Raw talent is just one aspect of achieving worldwide reverence; the motivation to achieve your goals, the mindset of always improving, and the right attitude towards constructive criticism will elevate you from “good player” to legend.
1 month ago

No fear: Schalke 04 vs H2K

A revitalised Schalke 04 take on H2K in our EU LCS Match of the Week! Both are within touching distance of a top-2 spot following Fnatic’s disastrous week 5. Will Fox continue his dominance of the mid lane, or will Jankos shepherd H2K to victory? Tune in on Friday to watch the action!
1 month ago

Krepo's EU Gold Gods

We’ve finally arrived at the halfway point of the EU LCS summer split: rivalries have formed, we’ve seen incredible upsets and 80-minute epics, and EU’s best players have risen to the top. Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels analyses the standout performers in the EU LCS summer split, as we edge closer and closer to the finals in Krakow!
1 month ago

Clash of Champions

The midpoint of the split has finally arrived. The past is past: glory and disappointments from international play, rivalries formed across a split founded on redemption. One goal now in sight: a spot at the 2016 World Championships in the U.S.
1 month ago

Mid lane: by the numbers

As we begin to approach the midpoint of the season, and with it Mid Lane week, we’ve amassed a plentiful amount of data on all aspects of the EU LCS summer split. We’ve got your KDAs, your DPMs, your GPMs… and a whole lot more, which is where this article comes in. What are some of the most interesting stats that help make up our LCS data, particularly focused on our exceptional EU mids? Well, I’m glad you asked!
2 months ago

How to improve at mid lane

While each role in League of Legends has a nearly limitless skill ceiling, that’s most apparent in the mid lane. Being a mid laner means understanding that you have the ability to impact every lane. Some players may choose to look for stylish 1v1 duels and settle on crushing their lane opponent, while others may look to roam and support their team with smart use of lane pressure, collapsing on the opposition right when they least expect it. No matter how you prefer to play, it’s important to learn how to control the mid lane - and in turn, control the game.
2 months ago

xPeke: Origen on the hunt for a new, young ADC to nurture

Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño Martínez seemed his usual happy self after taking a game off Vitality last Thursday, his team’s first Victory screen this split. Origen had just drawn with Vitality in its first match with xPeke playing as AD carry, following the exit of Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou after Origen’s 0-2 first week.
2 months ago