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League of Legends • Jan 24, 2019

When does the LCS and LEC begin? Week one schedule includes insane matchups

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When does the LCS and LEC begin? Week one schedule includes insane matchups
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The full schedules for the 2019 Spring Splits of the LCS and the LEC have been announced.

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Both leagues have dropped the “NA” or “EU” from their respective titles, with the former European LCS rebranding to the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) to distinguish between the two.

The LEC will be the first to kick off, debuting on January 18 with an opening match between 2018 Summer champions Fnatic and newcomers SK Gaming, a classic match-up in a broader esports context.

The real grudge match in the LEC is of course between Fnatic and G2 Esports, a historic rivalry made only fiercer by the move of Fnatic’s star mid-laner Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther to G2 for this season. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until the final match of February 9 to see the two teams clash.

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LEC week one schedule:

Friday, January 18

MatchPSTESTGMTCETAEDT
SK Gaming vs Fnatic9 AM12 PM5 PM6 PM4 AM
exceL Esports vs Splyce10 AM1 PM6 PM7 PM5 AM
FC Schalke 04 vs Vitality11 AM2 PM7 PM8 PM6 AM
Rogue vs Misfits12 AM3 PM8 PM9 PM7 AM
Origen vs G2 Esports1 PM4 PM9 PM10 PM8 AM

Saturday, January 19

MatchPSTESTGMTCETAEDT
G2 Esports vs FC Schalke 048 AM11 AM4 PM5 PM3 AM
exceL Esports vs Rogue9 AM12 PM5 PM6 PM4 AM
Splyce vs Vitality10 AM1 PM6 PM7 PM5 AM
SK Gaming vs Misfits11 AM2 PM7 PM8 PM6 AM
Origen vs Fnatic12 PM3 PM8 PM9 PM7 AM

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Fans of the LCS will have to wait an extra week, as North America’s best won’t return to the rift until January 26.

As is tradition, the LCS will kick off with a rematch of the previous split’s grand final. In this case that makes for a particularly exciting opener, as the Cloud9 versus Team Liquid match will see the former face off against their former star mid-laner Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen, who moved to Team Liquid at the end of 2018.

The opener will be followed up with what should be another fascinating match, as TSM take on 100 Thieves. The once-dominant TSM had their weakest season to date in 2018, while 100T made an impressive debut and this season will be fielding two-time World Champion Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik, who is making his LCS debut.

LCS week one schedule:

Saturday, January 26

MatchPSTESTGMTCETAEDT
Cloud9 vs Team Liquid2 PM5 PM10 PM11 PM9 AM
Team SoloMid vs 100 Thieves3 PM6 PM11 PM12 AM10 AM
Counter Logic Gaming vs OpTic Gaming4 PM7 PM12 AM1 AM11 AM
FlyQuest vs Golden Guardians5 PM8 PM1 AM2 AM12 PM
Echo Fox vs Clutch Gaming6 PM9 PM2 AM3 AM1 PM

Sunday, January 27

MatchPSTESTGMTCETAEDT
FlyQuest vs Origen12 PM3 PM8 PM9 PM7 AM
Cloud9 vs 100 Thieves1 PM4 PM9 PM10 PM8 AM
Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Liquid2 PM5 PM10 PM11 PM9 AM
Team SoloMid vs Clutch Gaming3 PM6 PM11 PM12 AM10 AM
Echo Fox vs Golden Guardians4 PM7 PM12 AM1 AM11 AM

The full schedule for both leagues can be found on LoLEsports.