The first franchised season of the EU LCS — now carrying the name LEC, of course — will begin in just over a week. On Jan. 18, Riot Games will broadcast the first weekend of the league, featuring all the new and returning brands.
There’s a lot to be excited about in the first week of LEC 2019. The opening match of the league brings back a rivalry from the olden League of Legends days, as Fnatic plays SK Gaming. In 2012-2013, the two teams were among the strongest in the region and for their captains, fellow Spaniards xPeke and Ocelote, victory over the other was a point of pride. The Fnatic/SK rivalry also produced one of the most iconic moments in LoL esports, xPeke’s Kassadin backdoor.
Of course, six years later the rosters of the two teams are completely different. Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, who was Fnatic top laner then, is playing for Misfits as of this year. xPeke and ocelote have moved on to management roles and the likes of YellOwStaR or Cyanide have moved to coaching or retired altogether.
SK Gaming themselves have been out of the LCS for some years now. The team’s last split was 2015 Summer and since then, it’s mostly competed in the domestic German leagues.
But SK aren’t the only olden team returning. Origen are also back in the LEC, though Riot have planned a difficult week for xPeke and co. Origen’s opening game is against four-times EU LCS champions G2 Esports on Friday, followed by a face-off against reigning champions and Worlds runner-ups Fnatic.
The full LEC 2019 schedule of the league is below. Games, as always, will be broadcast on Riot Games’ official Twitch channel.
Friday, Jan. 18
18:00 — Fnatic vs. SK Gaming
19:00 — Excel vs. Splyce
20:00 — Vitality vs. Schalke 04
21:00 — Rogue vs. Misfits
22:00 — Origen vs. G2 Esports
Saturday, Jan. 19
18:00 — G2 Esports vs. Schalke 04
19:00 — Rogue vs. Excel
20:00 — Splyce vs. Vitality
21:00 — Misfits vs. SK Gaming
22:00 — Origen vs. Fnatic