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How to watch the big League of Legends match-ups of Spring 2019

Published: 30/Jan/2019 9:51 Updated: 5/Mar/2019 16:25

by Joe O'Brien

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The 2019 League of Legends season is finally underway, with all the major leagues around the world having kicked off.

With so much League of Legends to choose from across so many different days and time zones, however, it can be hard to keep up with all of the action.

If watching League of Legends isn’t your full-time job, there’s a good chance it won’t be possible to watch every match in all of the big leagues. If you want to keep track of what’s happening around the world, though, you may want to catch some of the highlight games across the Spring Split.

To help you catch the big moments this spring, here’s when some of the most exciting matches around the world will be taking place.

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LCS

Team Liquid vs 100 Thieves

A rematch of the 2018 Spring finals, the most exciting element of this match is the battle of the bot lanes. Former SKT AD Carry Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik has made the move to 100 Thieves, and alongside ‘Aphromoo’ will be one of the main challengers against Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng and ‘CoreJJ’ for the title of the league’s strongest bot duo.

Date PST EST GMT CET AEDT
Saturday, February 2 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM 1 AM 11 AM
Sunday, February 24 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM 1 AM 11 AM

Cloud9 vs Team SoloMid

Perhaps North America’s most storied match-up, Cloud9 and TSM both have something to prove at the start of 2019. TSM are coming off of their most disappointing season to date, while Cloud9 have lost star mid-laner Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen, and both will be looking for a big win in this NA grudge match.

Date PST EST GMT CET AEDT
Saturday, February 9 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM 1 AM 11 AM
Sunday, March 3 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM 10 PM 8 AM

Team Liquid vs Cloud9

The two North American power-houses of 2018, Team Liquid dominated domestically but Cloud9 set new records for the region at Worlds. Team Liquid emerged victorious in their first match-up, which kicked off the new season, but it was a narrower win than might have been expected. Cloud9 will be looking to prove they can take down the league favorites when the all-important playoffs are a little closer.

Date PST EST GMT CET AEDT
Saturday, March 9 3 PM 6 PM 11 PM 12 AM 10 AM
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LEC

G2 Esports vs Misfits

Arguably the two strongest rosters on paper in the LEC, G2 and Misfits have both lived up to their billings in the opening weeks. Only G2 remain unbeaten, but Misfits sit at a 3-1 record having put in some dominant performances. This could be a preview of the battle for the title come playoff time.

Date PST EST GMT CET AEDT
Friday, February 15 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM 10 PM 8 AM
Saturday, March 16 12 PM 3 PM 8 PM 9 PM 7 AM

Origen vs Fnatic

One of Europe’s classic battles, neither Origen nor Fnatic have quite had the start to their season that they would’ve liked. Nevertheless, this is a match with a lot of history to it – there’s pride on the line, and by the time they next meet it’s very possible that both teams will be desperate for every win they can get.

Date PST EST GMT CET AEDT
Friday, February 22 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM 10 PM 8 AM
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LCK

SK Telecom T1 vs Griffin

This is without a doubt the big match of LCK Spring 2019. Griffin right now look unstoppable, in a class of their own. The only candidate that may really challenge them is the SK Telecom super-team, and how this match-up goes will likely set the tone for the rest of the split for both teams.

Date PST EST GMT CET AEDT
Thursday, January 31 12 AM 3 AM 8 AM 9 AM 7 PM
Friday, March 8 12 AM 3 AM 8 AM 9 AM 7 PM

SK Telecom T1 vs KT Rolster

Who doesn’t love a Telecom War? With KT’s slow start it looks like this should be a fairly comfortable one for SKT, but there’s plenty of talent on KT to turn things around and South Korea’s most classic match-up is always worth a watch.

Date PST EST GMT CET AEDT
Wednesday, February 20 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM 12 PM 10 PM
Thursday, March 14 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM 12 PM 10 PM
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LPL

Invictus Gaming vs Royal Never Give Up

These are the two titans of the LPL. RNG dominated most of the season last year, winning both Spring and Summer Splits, and during the regular seasons were the only team to take series against Invictus. At the World Championship, however, it was Invictus Gaming who took the crown. The rivalry between the two remains the most exciting offering in the LPL as the 2019 season kicks off.

Date PDT EDT GMT CET AEDT
Saturday, March 23 4 AM 7 AM 11 AM 12 PM 10 PM
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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”