If you are a LEC fan you might remember what happened during the 2020 LEC Summer Split, where one of the participant teams performed one of the most interesting narratives we have ever had in the history of the European Championship.
It was Schalke 04. The German team started the year as one of the great failures of the competition. Their most highlighted acquisition, Konstantinos-Napoleon “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou, turned out to be one of the worst decisions they could have made and the LEC Spring Split ended up being something to forget, after finishing on 8th position with a record of 6-12.
Later in Summer, Schalke 04 made a change in the jungle that surprised many fans: a huge veteran in the European League of Legends scene that also had been hired by the organization, a guy with his ups and downs during his career, Erberk “Gilius” Demir, was going to be part of the main roster for the rest of the Split.
We are happy to finally announce the return of @GiliusLoL!
— Schalke 04 Esports (@S04Esports) December 10, 2019
Many people did not trust this to work, and at first, they were right. The German team started the new Split losing every game for three weeks. It was on the fourth week when the pieces started to fit, but some more losses were still to come.
Once week 5 had ended, Schalke 04 had a 1-10 record, but at this point, “Gilius” had developed an insane synergy with his mid laner, Felix “Abbedagge” Braun, and the rest of the team started to perform as if it was a completely different organization.
From that moment, when the 1-10 record made everyone thought that any hope was lost, the German team did not lose a single game, and in three weeks performed the so-called “Miracle Run“, getting a record of 8-10, and incredibly qualifying for the 2020 Summer Split Playoffs.
— LEC (@LEC) August 9, 2020
Nevertheless, things didn’t go well in the Playoffs stage, they managed to defeat SK Gaming 3-0, but right after that, Schalke 04’s “Miracle Run” came to its end, when they lost 3-1 to Mad Lions in the Round 2.
Despite the final result, the LEC fans were in love with this narrative, and Schalke was expected to be very supported in the new Season.
During the off-season, the team announced that they were going to rebuild its roster, constructing a new project around its two fundamental pillars: Gilius and Abbedagge.
For the bot lane, Schalke 04 acquired the services of Matúš “Neon” Jakubčík (from Schalke’s Academy Team) and Dino “LIMIT” Tot (former support of SK Gaming).
For the top lane, the German team sought to reinforce itself with the skills of a toplaner coming from North America: Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik, a good friend of Gilius, former top laner of TSM, and an LCS Champion.
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: How broken is our new Toplaner?
*pending Riot approval pic.twitter.com/O77i6ppmeA
— Schalke 04 Esports (@S04Esports) November 25, 2020
Then, the 2021 LEC Spring Split started three weeks ago, and Schalke 04 did not have the best of the debuts… history seemed to be repeating itself.
On Week 1, they lost every game to Team Vitality, Excel, and Fnatic, which disappointed many fans that still believed in the Miraculous Schalke 04.
With a 0-3 score that favored the memes in the social websites, the German team came into Week 2 with a different face. First, they managed to take their first victory of the year against SK Gaming, and on Saturday, they were facing the final boss of the LEC: G2 Esports.
Nevertheless, they previously knew that G2 Esports is not undefeatable. Actually, their “Miracle Run” in 2020 Summer Split began after beating the ninjas, so everything was possible this time.
G2 Esports came into the series as co-leader in the LEC classification board, tied with Rogue, both being undefeated for the moment, and they were the clear favorites for the game against Schalke 04. But somehow, the German team took the lead in the game and performed a very clean match that resulted in a new victory for them and the first loss for G2 Esports.
On Week 3, they were facing the remaining undefeated team, Rogue, in a new series where Schalke 04 was not the favorite… but they are clearly not an expectable team, and managed to deal the first loss to Rogue, winning their third game in a row, and changing their record to 3-3.
— LEC (@LEC) February 5, 2021
With this new victory, being it the second time they have beaten an undefeated team so far, Schalke 04 is receiving the nickname of “Giant Slayer”, and some people start to remember the “Miracle Run”, and wonder if this time it has just started earlier…
What do you think?