We live in an age where eSports is now being shown on ESPN and the BBC, and it doesn’t seem there’s any slowing down its growth. Unfortunately, there’s still millions of gamers looking in from the outside due to the often impenetrable nature of the games and the tournament formats. Huge events are the best times for beginners to get involved, and with the League of Legends Spring Split finals for North America and Europe just around the corner (Sunday, 17th April), now is a great time to jump in.
The winners of the current LCS finals, known as the Spring Split, will be gaining entrance to MSI, or the Mid-Season Invitational, which is a global tournament that falls in the middle of the competitive season and is the second biggest global tournament in League. The teams compete for a 1st place prize of $100,000 and often MSI is seen as a prediction for the teams who will do the best at the World Championship Series, which is the final culmination of the entire season.
EULCS Spring Split 2015 Highlights
First of all, a breakdown of the teams involved in the Finals:
Counter Logic Gaming
The oldest League team still active today, last year they parted ways with the face of their franchise - the ADC player known as Doublelift. Big names to watch out for are Xmithie, Huhi and Darshan. Aphromoo and Doublelift parted ways on not so stellar terms, so the bot lane match up will be particularly interesting.
Team Solo Mid
Probably the most popular team in North America, and also the only team to appear in every NA LCS final. Bjergsen is considered to be one of the best mid-laners in the World, and they now boast the addition of Doublelift who will be facing off against his former team in this final. Funnily enough, TSM’s starting roster employs 3 Europeans of its 5 total.
As much as I’d love to see CLG destroy the most popular American team, I’m siding with TSM for this one due to the stack of talent they have playing for them as well as their recent performance against Immortals, a team with globally imported star players.
Founded by xPeke, an extremely popular professional player and personality in 2014, Origen feature big names such as sOAZ, Mithy and Amazing. They came very close to making it to the finals of 2015 Worlds but fell to the seemingly unbeatable Koreans. Considered by many to be the best team in Europe, Origen have all the makings of a championship team.
Another fairly new team, having formed in 2014, this is the team to beat in the EU LCS, having placed 1st in this same tournament the year before. Founded by Ocelote, who famously lost to xPeke in a tense battle, this is another team match up with a lot emotions riding on the outcome.
As a mild disclaimer, I have to admit that I have some serious bias in this one as a fan of Origen and sOAZ in particular, and I’d love to see xPeke win more titles as he’s one of those players who will be remembered for a long time even after he retires.
The best places to watch all of this go down would be on Twitch, on the Riot Games channel. Many of the biggest streamers host Riot Games during finals or important tournaments so it’s usually easy to find. You can also search for specific games and highlights on YouTube, as there are many channels dedicated to uploading every game and important highlights. You can also search any of the players mentioned above in YouTube to see a plethora of their highlights and best plays.
Hopefully this has helped break down the format of League of Legends eSports for you guys, and for those League fans out there, drop a comment below with your predictions and thoughts on the League of Legends Spring Split 2016 tournaments.