FC Schalke 04 (esports)
|Sport||League of Legends|
|Founded||16 May 2016|
|League||League of Legends European Championship (LEC)|
|Based in||Adlershof, Berlin|
|Arena||Riot Games studio|
|Head coach||Dylan Falco|
|Manager||Nicolas "Atomium" Farnir|
|Parent group||FC Schalke 04|
|Strategic coach||André Guilhoto|
|Departments of Schalke 04|
|Blind football||Table tennis||Athletics|
FC Schalke 04 is an esports team competing in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), the top level of professional League of Legends in Europe. The team is also known as Schalke 04 Esports to distinguish them from their parent organisation's football club. Matches are played in the Am Studio 20D in Adlershof, Berlin.
The team previously played in the European League of Legends Challenger Series (EU CS) after being relegated in the 2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion tournament, but returned to the LCS after defeating the Ninjas in Pyjamas 3–0 in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Promotion tournament.
In 2016, FC Schalke 04 opened an esports department and acquired the EU LCS spot of Elements, becoming the fourth football (soccer) team to have a League of Legends division after Beşiktaş (that acquired the roster of Turkish team Aces High the previous year), Santos and Remo. The club also announced former Rot-Weiß Oberhausen and Sportfreunde Siegen midfielder and SK Gaming co-founder Tim Reichert as Head of eSport.
Schalke finished 8th in the 2016 Summer EU LCS and was relegated to the European League of Legends Challenger Series after losing a promotion match to Misfits Gaming. In December 2016, Steve and sprattel joined PSG eSports and left Schalke.
Schalke announced a new roster on 13 January 2017, with SmittyJ, loulex, SELFIE, Upset and Vander joining the team. SELFIE and Vander left Schalke on 30 April 2017. Memento, Caedrel and Norskeren joined Schalke on 22 May 2017, as Jungler, Mid Laner and Support respectively. Schalke also released loulex on the same day.
Schalke returned to the EU LCS on 25 August 2017, after defeating the Ninjas in Pyjamas 3–0 in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Promotion tournament. On 30 September, Schalke released most of its roster: SmittyJ, Memento, Caedrel and Norskeren all announced their free agency via Twitter.
On 21 November 2017, Schalke announced the addition of Vizicsacsi, Pridestalker (now Pride), and Nukeduck to their roster as Top Laner, Jungler, and Mid Laner respectively. Vander rejoined on the same day as Support. The team ended the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split in 8th place, but did not have to play in a promotion tournament as EUCS was abolished prior to the split. Amazing joined Schalke as starting jungler on 31 May 2018, after Pride was moved to a substitute role on 3 April. Schalke ended the 2018 EU LCS Summer Split in 3rd place with a record of 12 wins to 6 losses, qualifying the organisation for their first appearance in playoffs. The team managed to make it to the finals, but were defeated by Fnatic 1–3, and later failed to qualify for the 2018 World Championship after falling to G2 Esports 1-3 in the regional qualifiers.
|Odoamne||Andrei Pascu||Top Laner||12 December 2018|
|Memento||Jonas Elmarghichi||Jungler||25 November 2018|
|Abbedagge||Felix Braun||Mid Laner||30 November 2018|
|Upset||Elias Lipp||Bot Laner||13 January 2017|
|IgNar||Lee Dong-geun||Support||11 December 2018|
|Vizicsacsi||Kiss Tamás||Top Laner||21 November 2017||23 November 2018|
|Nukeduck||Erlend Våtevik Holm||Mid Laner||21 November 2017||20 November 2018|
|Vander||Oskar Bogdan||Support||21 November 2017||20 November 2018|
|Amazing||Maurice Stückenschneider||Jungler||31 May 2018||19 November 2018|
|Pride||Milo Wehnes||Jungler (sub.)||21 November 2017||19 November 2018|
|SmittyJ||Lennart Warkus||Top Laner||13 January 2017||30 September 2017|
|Memento||Jonas Elmarghichi||Jungler||22 May 2017||30 September 2017|
|Caedrel||Marc Robert Lamont||Mid Laner||22 May 2017||30 September 2017|
|Norskeren||Tore Hoel Eilertsen||Support||22 May 2017||30 September 2017|
|loulex||Jean-Victor Burgevin||Jungler||13 January 2017||30 April 2017|
|SELFIE||Marcin Wolski||Mid Laner||13 January 2017||30 April 2017|
|Placement||Event||Final result (W–T–L)|
|8th||2016 EU LCS Summer Split||3–9–6|
|Not qualified||2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion||1–3 (against Misfits)|
|5–8th||2016 GeForce Cup||0–2 (against TEAM #1)|
|1st||2017 EUCS Spring Split||5–0–0|
|3–4th||2017 EUCS Spring Playoffs||1–3 (against Misfits Academy)|
|2nd||2017 EUCS Summer Split||3–2–0|
|1–2nd||2017 EUCS Summer Playoffs||3–1 (against Red Bulls)|
|Qualified||2018 EU LCS Spring Promotion||3–0 (against Ninjas in Pyjamas)|
|8th||2018 EU LCS Spring Split||7–11|
|3rd||2018 EU LCS Summer Split||12–6|
|2nd||2018 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||1–3 (against Fnatic)|
|2nd||2018 EU LCS Regional Qualifiers||1–3 (against G2 Esports)|
|7th||2019 LEC Spring Split||9–10|
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