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The EU Challenger Series returns!

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Richard Simms
ESL UK Community Manager
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The European Challenger Series is back for the summer season and the competition looks to be as intense as ever. In a season with two ex-LCS teams ’Giants’ and ‘Origen’ combined with the powerhouses of ‘Paris Saint-Germain’ and ‘FC Schalke’. Mix in the addition new boys ‘Wind and Rain’ together with ‘Red Bulls’ to top it off and it looks like everyone will have their work cut out for themselves if they want to rejoin the EU LCS in 2018.

New Qualifiers

RED BULLS (RB)

Formed around veteran support KaSing, Red Bulls look to take this season by storm. They made their way into the CSQ from the open ladder but there was plenty of hype surrounding them going into the tournament. They have lived up to the hype so far and join us for the Summer Season of the Challenger Series.

WIND AND RAIN (WAR)

The Org came through the Ragnarok competition and took some big scalps on the road to the Challenger Series Qualifiers. The Org lost their whole roster to Origen before the tournament but have since picked up some big names like Woolite as they look on for their LCS spot in 2018.

Old Guard

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (PSG)

This is the second time that PSG join us in the Challenger Series after losing out to Fnatic Academy in Spring. The team made some roster changes bringing in some LCS experience as they look on to make the push for the 2018 LCS. Can the footballing giants replicate their domestic success on the European League of Legends stage?

FC SCHALKE 04 (S04)

FC Schalke also rejoin us for a second season after an undefeated regular season last time out. A loss to Misfits Academy denied them a spot in the LCS for this year but they are back with vengeance and stronger ever with Memento joining the roster.

Fallen Giants

ORIGEN (OG)

Origen’s story in the Spring Split was one of disappointment after failing to pick up a single series victory. They’re looking to regain their former World’s glory and have picked up all 5 members of WaR’s qualifying lineup. The team have been together through two tournaments already but can they make the step up on their biggest stage yet!

GIANTS GAMING (GIA)

Falling down from the LCS sees Giants in their first season of EU CS. Their time in the LCS last season wasn’t the strongest and they fell to Fnatic’s Academy team twice during the promotion tournament. They’ve revamped their roster with plenty of experience as they look to bounce back.

The EU CS is live every Sunday from 3pm BST with three Bo2s:

Schedule

Week 1: June 18

  • 15:00 RB vs S04
  • 17:00 PSG vs OG
  • 19:00 GIA vs WAR

Week 2: June 25

  • 15:00 GIA vs OG
  • 17:00 PSG vs RB
  • 19:00 S04 vs WAR

Week 3: July 2

  • 15:00 OG vs S04
  • 17:00 WAR vs RB
  • 19:00 PSG vs GIA

Week 4: July 9

  • 15:00 RB vs GIA
  • 17:00 WAR vs OG
  • 19:00 S04 vs PSG

Week 5: July 16

  • 15:00 WAR vs PSG
  • 17:00 S04 vs GIA
  • 19:00 OG vs RB

How do we watch?

Join us over on Twitch every Sunday from 3pm BST for all of the Challenger series action. This week we’ll be joined hot off the LCS by Aaron “Medic” Chamberlain and his trusty co-casters from the CSQ Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe and Jack “Jaws” Wright.