2018 EU LCS Spring Split
Berlin
G2 Esports is looking to make it five straight during the 2018 Spring Split, but they'll have to do it with a new bot lane with the departure of both Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen and Alfonso "mithy" Aguirre Rodriguez to the NA LCS. There will be plenty of competition for the crown, as roster swaps ran rampant through the region during the offseason. This split will also see the return of both Giants Gaming and FC Shalke 04 to the EU LCS. With plenty of storylines and rivalries afoot, there will be plenty to watch out for come January 19.

Event Dates:
January 19, 2018 through March 17, 2018

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Event Scores
Final Placements
Recaps Of This Event

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Engage potential ignored
March 4, 2018
Targamas went 0/2/8 as Giants fell to G2 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Targamas' Tahm Kench played just fine in this game, but it felt like he had the potential to do more. With neither Olaf nor Kled providing the most reliable target for Galio's Heroic Entrance, Targamas could've been a viable option, as his backline access with Abyssal Voyage could've allowed for better placement of the area-of-effect knockup, or set up a pincer attack. It's hard to say if the absence of this type of play was the fault of Targamas, Betsy, or the team as a whole, but given how many Giants engages failed in this game, it would've been nice to see the attempt.
Simply outscaled
March 4, 2018
Steeelback finished off Giants' loss on Saturday to G2 with a 2/2/5 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Steeelback's Caitlyn performed exactly as expected in the matchup against Tristana. Steeelback found an early lead in lane, but eventually couldn't keep up in damage. This was truly the story of Giants, as they had neither the tankiness or DPS to match G2 at six items, which is when the latter made their move to take the game.
A tad trigger happy
March 4, 2018
Betsy's scoreline read 2/2/5 at the end of Giants' loss to G2 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Betsy had two decent targets for Galio's Heroic Entrance in Ruin's Kled and Djoko's Olaf in this game, but neither were quite ideal. The lack of reliable lockdown, of the type provided by a Camille or Jarvan IV, was absent from the team composition, demanding that Betsy choose and time his ultimates a bit more carefully. He didn't seem to consider this, however, as he repeatedly pulled the trigger on his ultimate at the beginning of the engagement, before any escapes or Summoner Spells were blown. Sometimes this worked out, but there were also several fumbled engagements as a result, just enough to allow G2 to power up its late-game carries and take the game.
Falls off before game's end
March 4, 2018
Djoko ended Giants' Saturday loss to G2 with a KDA of 2/2/5.
ANALYSIS
Djoko's Olaf was solid in the first half of the game, being a key part of all of Giants' plays in the early-to-mid game. However, as is usually the case with Olaf, he eventually reached the point where he could no longer adequately threaten G2's carries. As G2 continued to scale up, Djoko became less and less useful, and a less reliable target for Heroic Entrance. Ultimately, his ineffectiveness in the late game helped lead to a loss for Giants.
Leads the charge for Giants
March 4, 2018
Ruin went 4/1/5 in Giants' loss to G2 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Using Kled as part of Giants' triple-diver composition, Ruin was easily the most successful member of his team. He was ganked early on for first blood, but this would be his only death all game long. Meanwhile, he gradually built up a CS advantage over his opponent, and also provided a solid Heroic Entrance target for Betsy's Galio. He ended the game 4/1/5, missing out on only a single kill participation despite the loss.
Flawless Braum play
March 4, 2018
Wadid finished off G2's Saturday win over Giants with a 0/0/8 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Wadid's Braum did everything that could've been expected of him this game, helping G2 to a comeback win. Giants' team composition was powerful in the mid game, and included heavy engage potential, but Wadid's protection and disengage was critical in mitigating the damage Giants could do with it. This allowed G2 to stall just long enough for their carries to hit six items, ending the game with two clean teamfight wins. Wadid went deathless and found assists on eight of nine G2 kills, only missing out on a first blood grabbed by Wunder and Jankos in the top lane, which can hardly be held against him.
Reaches the late game successfully
March 4, 2018
Hjarnan ended with a 4/2/3 KDA in G2's win over Giants on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hjarnan's Tristana found itself struggling predictably against Steeelback's Caitlyn during the laning phase. Then, in the mid game, Giants' power-spiking composition made it hard for Hjarnan to get much of anything done, as he needed to keep his distance. In the last two fights of the game, however, Hjarnan had hit full late-game status, putting out huge damage on his hypercarry champion and helping G2 take the teamfights cleanly to end the game.
Ends the game superbly
March 4, 2018
3/1/4 was Perkz' KDA at the end of G2's Saturday win over Giants.
ANALYSIS
Perkz' Viktor found itself in a predicament during the mid game, as Giants' dive-heavy composition put him in constant danger. Considering this, it's remarkable that Perkz ended with only a single death, even without building a Zhonya's or health item. That said, Giants still took fights throughout the mid game. Once Perkz hit his item cap, however, he turned the game on its head. His enormous damage was crucial in the last two fights of the game, during the latter of which he one-shot the enemy AD carry to secure the game for G2.
Sacrificial scorpion
March 4, 2018
Jankos ended G2's win over Giants on Saturday with a 0/4/6 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Jankos' KDA on Skarner looks pretty rough at first glance, but it certainly doesn't tell the full story. Jankos managed to find an assist on first blood, and was important in late-game fights as well. In the mid game, Giants' peaking composition was often able to win fights, but in many of these they only found one kill and were left too injured to capitalize on it, giving G2 crucial time to scale up. Jankos was often the casualty of these exchanges and thus ended with a game-high four deaths. However, when G2's carries hit late-game status, Jankos needed only stand in front of them for G2 to take the game.
Strong early and late
March 4, 2018
Wunder's scoreline read 2/3/5 by the end of G2's Saturday win over Giants.
ANALYSIS
Between an early top lane gank by Jankos and Wunder's own roam to the bottom lane, Wunder's Sion managed to nab himself the first two kills of the game. These would be G2's only kills for a while, however, as Giants dominated fights in the mid game. Wunder was often late to these teamfights, opting to ult in rather than Teleport and failing to land any meaningful crowd control. He stepped back up in the late game, however, as he was there to help G2 start off fights and landed crucial skills to help protect G2's scaling backline. This assisted G2 in their clean teamfight wins late, winning them the game.