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Giants Gaming re-qualifies for EU LCS

Giants Gaming beat Schalke 04 to get back to the EU LCS
Giants Gaming is returning to the EU LCS next spring. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Giants Gaming qualified for the spring split of the European League of Legends Championship Series on Thursday by defeating Schalke 04 3-2 in the promotional tournament.

Giants and Schalke, who have built an emerging rivalry, met in the winners final of the promotional tournament after both teams — the representatives of the Challenger Series — beat Ninjas in Pyjamas and Mysterious Monkeys, respectively, in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.

After being relegated in the spring split, Giants earned its way back with a top-two finish in the Challenger Series summer split. Giants went 4-1 in the Challenger Series, its lone loss coming against Schalke. In the promotional tournament, Giants handily defeated NiP 3-1, setting up another match with Schalke. The match came down to the wire in a full five-game series, as Giants bested Schalke to be the first team to qualify for the 2018 EU LCS spring split.

After its relegation, Giants went through a massive rebuild, parting ways with its coach Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik and four of its players in May. Giants announced June 1 its summer split roster of Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min, Erberk “Gilius” Demir, Daniele “Jiizuké” di Mauro, and Amadeu “Minitroupax” Carvalho to its active roster, rounding out the full roster on June 7 with the addition of Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński.

Schalke still has a shot to reach the EU LCS, as it will play the winner of the losers bracket match between NiP and Mysterious Monkeys.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games


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