FC Schalke 04 (esports)

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Schalke 04 Esports
FC Schalke 04 Logo.svg
Short nameS04
SportLeague of Legends
Founded16 May 2016
LeagueLeague of Legends European Championship (LEC)
Based inAdlershof, Berlin
ArenaRiot Games studio
Head coachDylan Falco
ManagerNicolas "Atomium" Farnir
Parent groupFC Schalke 04
Strategic coachAndré Guilhoto
Departments of Schalke 04
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Esports

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.[1]

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.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] In December 2016, Steve and sprattel joined PSG eSports and left Schalke.[5]

Schalke announced a new roster on 13 January 2017, with SmittyJ, loulex, SELFIE, Upset and Vander joining the team.[6] 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.[7]

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.[2] On 30 September, Schalke released most of its roster: SmittyJ, Memento, Caedrel and Norskeren all announced their free agency via Twitter.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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,[11] and later failed to qualify for the 2018 World Championship after falling to G2 Esports 1-3 in the regional qualifiers.[12]

Roster[edit]

Current[edit]

Nat. ID Name Role Joined
Romania Odoamne Andrei Pascu Top Laner 12 December 2018
Sweden Memento Jonas Elmarghichi Jungler 25 November 2018
Germany Abbedagge Felix Braun Mid Laner 30 November 2018
Germany Upset Elias Lipp Bot Laner 13 January 2017
South Korea IgNar Lee Dong-geun Support 11 December 2018

Former[edit]

ID Name Role Joined Left
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

Tournament results[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Schalke 04 announces purchase of LoL team". ESPN.
  2. ^ a b Newell, Adam (25 August 2017). "Schalke 04 return to the EU LCS in 2018". Dot Esports. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Sources: Soccer org Schalke 04 finalizes League Championship Series roster, picks up Fox". ESPN.
  4. ^ Volk, Pete (7 August 2016). "FC Schalke 04 relegated from LCS as Misfits qualify in rout".
  5. ^ "PSG Esports Announce League of Legends Roster - Esports News & Videos - Dexerto".
  6. ^ "Schalke04 Esports' tweet on Twitter". Twitter.
  7. ^ "FC Schalke 04 Esports". Leaguepedia | League of Legends Esports Wiki. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  8. ^ Ashton, Tim (30 September 2017). "Schalke 04 dropping most of the roster". Cyber Sport. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Schalke 04 Esports on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  10. ^ "S04 Esports signs Maurice "Amazing" Stückenschneider - Esports". S04 Esports. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  11. ^ "EU LCS 2018 Summer Playoffs - Leaguepedia". lol.gamepedia.com. Leaguepedia. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  12. ^ "EU Regional Finals 2018 - Leaguepedia". lol.gamepedia.com. Leaguepedia. Retrieved 18 October 2018.