The EU LCS Spring Split for the League of Legends competition is coming to an end. Although we are primarily interested in the teams that managed to secure the top positions in the standings, we are also curious which teams did not have as much of success and will be playing the promotional tournament to maintain their place in the EU LCS.
The winner of the promotional event will secure their place in the EU LCS Summer Split for the next year. There is much on the line, and the teams playing this tournament will have to give their best in order to stay in the competition.
Last train for Origen & Giants
Two teams that will be playing the promotional Spring Split are Giants and Origen. Both teams had a really bad series during the last matches of the group stage, and things might become really bad if they lose this promotional event to other two teams that will be playing. Should this happen, they will lose their spot in the EU LCS Challenger Series which would be a huge blow to these two organizations. The other two teams that will be fighting to overcome the Giants and Origen are Misfits Academy and Fnatic Academy, which secured their places at the promotional tournaments through development series.
In the EU LCS Challenger Series, Giants had a better ranking than Origen, and because of that, they had the opportunity to choose which team will be their opponent in the promotional tournament. A logical choice for Giants was to choose the weaker team, and they chose Fnatic Academy.
Early Day Predictions
Whether or not Fnatic Academy is a weaker team than Misfits Academy remains to be seen because it is tricky to try and predict an outcome of those matches. Fnatic Academy was never in any similar situation. It is expected that they will give their best to win, but considering that Giants have a lot more experience playing in the higher ranks, many see them as clear favorites and believe they should have no issues in the match against Fnatic Academy.
The second match of the promotional tournament will be played by Origens and Misfits Academy, and this will not be any easy job for Origens at all. What many people keep forgetting is the fact that Fnatic Academy and Misfits Academy are run by the same people who run Fnatic and Misfits teams in the EU LCS Challenger Series. This means they already have some experience with big games and the academy teams of these two organizations will, without a doubt, use that experience in their favor.
Besides that, since LCS introduced new rules that prohibit organizations from owning two teams in EU Challenger Series as well as in EU LCS, Misfits and Fnatic organizations will have to sell their academy teams, and that might be another motivation for these two teams to surprise everyone in the promotional tournament. The match between Giants and Fnatic Academy will be played on April 6th, while the match between Origens and Misfits Academy will be played one day after that.