Today marked the end of an era for FC Schalke 04, with the franchise playing its very last game before a planned exit from the game.
FC Schalke 04 played its last game against none other than Fnatic but ended up losing the match in a hard-fought game. With this result, Schalke finish the split in 10th place with a 3-15 record. This sticks a fork in the organization’s presence in League of Legends with the team set to transfer its franchise to Team BDS during the off-season.
— LEC (@LEC) August 1, 2021
In Schalke’s last game against Fnatic, the team went for a few newer picks with Dr. Mundo in the jungle and Xayah in bottom lane following recent buffs. Fnatic answered back with an aggressive Lucian pick in the mid lane and Tristana to out-scale Xayah.
Right off the bat, the two teams went after each other. It wasn’t Schalke who got the lead though, as Fnatic was ahead with a whopping 5,000 gold lead after 15 minutes. Even though Schalke tried to answer back with a big farm lead in the top lane, the carries from Fnatic were simply too much to handle.
Across FC Schalke 04’s time in the LEC and EU LCS, the team made the finals just one time. This was back during the 2018 EU LCS Summer Split, where Schalke made a surprise run to the finals. With players such as Elias “Upset” Lipp and Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás on the roster, the team lost 3-1 to Fnatic. The organization has never made it to an international tournament.
Since that finals berth, FC Schalke 04 had mixed results but ultimately got to finish the journey against the exact same opponent as when the team was at its peak.
To replace Schalke 04 in the LEC next season, Team BDS will enter the league and likely overhaul the roster.
After today, our #LEC journey sadly comes to an end. We want to thank our amazing fans for their support throughout the last years. We will miss you a lot. Let’s go for one last dance. pic.twitter.com/ICxk5UReNX
— Schalke 04 Esports (@S04Esports) August 1, 2021
The last iteration of Schalke 04 was full of talent despite the lack of performance on Summoner’s Rift. While the team has had some fairly experienced players, the organization primarily focused on young talent that were theoretically positioned to stay with the team for years.
The Schalke 04 LEC roster was: