2017 EU LCS split groups confirmed

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Riot Games have officially confirmed the two groups of the 2017 EU LCS spring season in a video posted to social media. G2 Esports will share Group A with Fnatic, Misfits, Giants Gaming, and Team ROCCAT. Group B will feature H2k-Gaming, Splyce, Unicorns of Love, Team Vitality and Origen.

The video confirms a Jan. 7 report from ESPN Esports' Jacob Wolf which contained the same groups and also the same draft order. G2 Esports and H2K captained the snake draft because they were the top championship points earners in 2016.

G2 chose Splyce to go to Group B while H2K put Fnatic in Group A. Splyce then put Misfits in Group A while Fnatic put UoL in Group B. Misfits put Vitality in Group B with Vitality then putting ROCCAT in Group A. UoL chose Giants to go to Group A and Origen, the final team, was then put in Group B.

Riot announced major changes to the EU LCS's format on Dec. 14, with the league moving away from the best-of-two double round robin of 2016 with a best-of-three, two group single round robin for 2017.

The revamped EU LCS will kick off on Jan. 19 with Origen facing off against H2K.

Group A Group B
G2 Esports  H2k-Gaming
Fnatic  Splyce
Misfits Team Vitality 
Giants Gaming Unicorns of Love 
Team ROCCAT Origen

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Match highlights: Fnatic vs Splyce

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Match highlights: G2 Esports vs. Unicorns of Love

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The best League of Legends highlights from Week 5

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During Week 5, each region found their successful strategies turned on their heads. With mixed performances across the board, it was a test of fortitude and composure for all regions.

FlyQuest vs. Team SoloMid

FlyQuest's tried-and-true strategy of pushing down mid lane turned into a flanking fiasco when TSM realized they could collapse on FlyQuest's exposed back line, testing the limits of both teams in the process.

Fnatic vs. Splyce

It was hard to tell who was more relieved after an intense skirmish-filled Game 1 against Fnatic — the players on Splyce, or Splyce's coach Jakob "YamatoCannon" Mebdi.

SKTelecom T1 vs. Samsung Galaxy

Karma support OP, at least in the hands of SKT Wolf. With SKT drafting high damage poke compositions, SSG went so far as to draft Kayle support in Game 2 to keep their Jhin alive.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

G2 replace Cloud9 at IEM Katowice

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The top two teams in Europe will be present at the IEM Season XI World Championship in Katowice, with G2 Esports replacing current NA LCS Spring Split frontrunners Cloud9.

G2 is the top team in 2017 EU LCS Spring Split's Group A, while the top team in Group B, Unicorns of Love, will also be attending the tournament. This also means that the NA LCS has no presence at IEM Katowice's League of Legends tournament. Instead, three EU LCS teams, two LCK teams, one LPL, team, one LMS team and one CIS team will be participating in the $150,000 event.

Cloud9 originally backed out of the international tournament citing visa concerns as well as a focus on keeping up their domestic play. Teams that were asked to replace them had declined to attend due to their own commitment to their domestic leagues.

As a result of all of this, the following teams will be attending IEM Katowice

  • H2k-Gaming
  • G2 Esports
  • Unicorns of Love
  • Kongdoo Monster
  • ROX Tigers
  • EDward Gaming
  • Flash Wolves
  • M19

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

8 Quick Tips for Graves

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Graves is one of the more difficult champions to master due to his shotgun mechanic, a unique and interesting way to classify auto-attacks.

As a result of this, he has an intense amount of interesting mechanics and tricks that let him feel way more satisfying to play. With these tips and tricks in particular, you can tell your opponents that the buck(shot) stops here.

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1. Graves knocks back jungle creeps and minions, so constantly kiting is important when jungling instead of sitting still and auto-attacking
2. Graves' auto-attacks deal more damage to all targets, including towers, if he stands next to them and lets all the pellets hit them
3. Graves' ultimate does more damage in its initial hit than the cone it produces after it hits its first target
4. Graves gains more armor and magic resistance if he dashes towards his enemies, but it doesn't have to be directly. He can dash diagonally and still get the extra stacks but not expose himself to as much danger
5. Graves' Q activates its second damage trigger much quicker when it hits a wall, so try to line up your burst on targets closer to walls if you have the luxury
6. Graves' Q bounces back quicker on champion-made terrain, e.g. Jarvan's ultimate, Anivia W, Trundle E, and Taliyah ultimate.
7. Graves' auto-attacks hit the first thing in front of them, so if a minion or tower is in front of your target, the pellets will hit that minion or tower instead. Being aware of this will make you a better Graves and better at understanding your limits.
8. Graves' W triggers a blindness that, after 1 second, can let Duskblade's true damage work again

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Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

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