Following the reported format change to the European League of Legends Championship Series for 2018, the league’s 10 current teams have submitted their preliminary choices for preferred city affiliations, according to a report by ESPN.
Fnatic, G2 Esports, Misfits, and Splyce have asked to play in London, Unicorns of Love, FC Schalke 04 and ROCCAT asked for a spot in Berlin, H2K Gaming and Giants Gaming chose Barcelona, and Team Vitality opted for Paris as its home region, according to the report.
The choices are subject to change, as six teams will be part of each of the new four regions. The expected members of each region for the league include a number of current EU LCS teams, teams currently outside of the LCS, traditional sports clubs in Europe, and new entrepreneurs that wish to break into professional League of Legends, according to the report.
The new format would give teams multi-year licenses to compete in the EU LCS, which will do away the possibility of relegation. The new league of 24 teams seems to have drawn inspiration from the UEFA Champions League, as it includes a greater league that will be running along with the domestic league.
The change comes after H2K’s ownership group expressed its concerns about the future of the EU LCS. Four other organizations — G2 Esports, Fnatic, Misfits, and Splyce — reportedly applied to be part of the North American LCS’ franchise system, which threw more potential uncertainty into the European region.
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