Splyce was an American esports organization with a League of Legends team in Europe. In November 2018, the organization was acquired by OverActive Media. A year after, OverActive Media decided to shut down the Splyce brand and rebranded the League team as MAD Lions.
At the outset, Splyce was known as Follow Esports. The team joined the European LCS in 2016 after acquiring Team Dignitas EU. Splyce’s rebrand came at the end of that season. The team finished its first spring split in eighth place, but managed to qualify for the summer split.
With Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle joining the team before the Summer Split, Splyce’s fortune turned. The team had no trouble competing with the best European teams, and won the EU Regional Finals 2016, securing a spot at Worlds 2016. However, Splyce wasn’t yet ready to compete with the best international teams. At the 2016 World Championship, the team found itself in a hard group to beat, and fell out of the tournament after managing to take only one win.
Splyce went into the EU LCS 2017 with the same roster. This time, their performance wasn’t as strong. Finishing both splits fifth, the team didn’t get a chance for another run at Worlds. Following this disappointing season, Splyce’s roster was rebuilt during the 2018 offseason with only Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup staying on the team.
The new roster proved to be a smart move by Splyce. The team placed third in the EU LCS 2018 Spring Split after winning the third-place match against Team Vitality. This earned the team a spot at Rift Rivals 2018 NA-EU, where Europe won. Regardless of the good start to the season, Splyce barely qualified for the summer split playoffs. Once there, it finished only fifth. This was another season in which Splyce couldn’t qualify for Worlds, not even through the Regional Finals.
Again keeping Kobbe on the team and replacing the other four slots, Splyce came back for the 2019 season after being accepted as one of the ten franchises for the debuting League of Legends European Championship. But Splyce’s performance hadn’t drastically changed from the previous split. The team secured a slot at the LEC 2019 Spring Playoffs with a 11-7 record, where after a loss against Fnatic in the second round it finished the split in fourth place.
The summer split had a better outcome for Splyce. The team kept performing during regular weeks, finishing the LEC 2019 Summer in third and qualifying for the playoffs. During the playoffs, however, the team couldn’t keep up, and finishest last after a loss against Rogue. But the LEC 2019 Regional Finals was a redemption arc. Splyce defeated Origen and Schalke 04, making its way to the final. In the final, the team was swept by Fnatic, but it still secured a spot in the Worlds 2019 play-in stage.
At the 2019 World Championship, Splyce was set to surprise everyone. With a 3-1 record, the team advanced from play-ins to the main event as the group’s first seed. Players kept performing in the main event, and together with FunPlus Phoenix, made it out of their group. Even though they were stopped by SK Telecom T1 in the quarterfinal, finishing fifth at Worlds was a great achievement for the team.
Soon after Worlds 2019, OverActive Media announced that Splyce would be shut down. The team has been rebranded as MAD Lions, a name that belongs to a Spanish esports organization that’s under OverActive Media’s control. The team is now going into the LEC 2020 season with a new roster.