FC Schalke 04 is a German sports club that added a League of Legends division in 2016 by buying out Element’s slot in the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split. Its first roster included four of Element’s former players: Etienne “Steve” Michels, Erberk “Gilius” Demir, Rasmus “MrRallez” Skinneholm, and Hampus “promisq” Abrahamsson, together with Hampus “Fox” Myhre.
Schalke 04 had a decent start to the season, but it all seemed like nothing but beginner’s luck by the end of the Summer Split. The team had to face relegation right at the start of its journey, and to make matters worse, it failed to reach a qualification slot in the 2017 EU LCS Spring Promotion. This disappointing turn resulted in all five players leaving the team.
But the organization didn’t give up. A new roster was signed, and Schalke 04 was looking to come back to the main league through the 2017 EU Challenger Series. Schalke 04 finished the CS Spring Split in the first place.
However, the team failed to reach the 2017 EU LCS Summer Promotion after losing 3-1 to Misfits Academy in the Playoffs. Heading into the CS Summer Split, Schalke 04 welcomed Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi, Marc “Caedrel” Lamont, and Tore “Tore” Eilertsen to the roster. The roster change proved to be a good decision for the team, as Schalke took the 2017 EU CS Summer Playoffs as well as the qualification slot on offer at 2018 EU LCS Spring Promotion.
In 2018, Schalke 04 was back to the EU LCS with a new roster, with only bot laner Elias “Upset” Lipp staying with the team. However, the roster evidently wasn’t ready to fight the best teams in the region and finished eighth in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split.
For the Summer Split, Schalke 04 signed veteran jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider. Amazing’s experience led the underdog team to 12 wins, resulting in a third-place finish. Schalke 04 made it to the playoffs for the first time with confidence, defeating Splyce and Team Vitality and making it to the finals. Once there, the team couldn’t win against Fnatic, losing a chance to perform at the 2018 World Championship.
Schalke 04 was one of the 10 teams approved as franchised partners for the rebranded League of Legends European Championship. Memento rejoined the team ahead of the 2019 season, with Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu, Felix “Abbedagge” Braun, and Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun joining as well. After a strong start, the new roster couldn’t keep up their performance in the 2019 LEC Spring Split, which resulted in a seventh-place finish.
To improve the performance, Schalke 04 signed Kim “Trick” Gang-yun as its new jungler ahead of the Summer Split. Trick helped to elevate the team, and the squad continued improving. With an 11-7 record, the team finished the regular season in fourth. In the 2019 LEC Summer Playoffs, however, Schalke 04 couldn’t make it through Fnatic in the third round and again failed to qualify for Worlds 2019.
Schalke 04 is going into the 2020 LEC Spring Season with a potentially stronger roster, having resigned Erberk “Gilius” Demir and welcomed both Man “Dreams” Min-kook and Konstantinos-Napoleon “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou.