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League of Legends' first LEC matches kick off later today

Find out who's playing and when in this weekend's opening matches

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The first matches of the inaugural League of Legends European Championship (LEC) begin a little later on today, with Fnatic and SK Gaming squaring up against each other at 5:00pm GMT.

That will be followed up throughout the evening with a number of tantalising encounters, as premier teams Vitality, G2 and Misfits also get their first taste of the rebranded tournament.

Here's a complete breakdown of all the matches in the schedule for today. Subtract eight hours for PT, five for ET, and add an hour onto each time if you're watching from mainland Europe.

  • 5:00pm - Fnatic v SK Gaming
  • 6:00pm - exceL Esports v Splyce
  • 7:00pm - Team Vitality v Schalke 04
  • 8:00pm - Rogue v Misfits Gaming
  • 9:00pm - Origen v G2 Esports

All of these games will be broadcast live on the core Riot Games Twitch channel. Here's an embed so you can dive in right away:

The second round of play - scheduled for tomorrow, 19th January - will see the same teams competing once more, this time against their second opponents in the roster.

Here's the match schedule, as provided by Riot Games. Note the slightly earlier 4:00pm GMT start time for the opening match on this second day of play.

  • 4:00pm - G2 Esports v Schalke 04
  • 5:00pm - Rogue v exceL Esports
  • 6:00pm - Splyce v Team Vitality
  • 7:00pm - Misfits Gaming v SK Gaming
  • 9:00pm - Origen v Fnatic

The league then takes a break until Friday 25th January, where the next round of competitive play will begin with a showdown between Fnatic and Team Vitality.

For those catching up on the changes competitive LoL, the LEC is essentially a rebranded version of the long-established League of Legends Championship Series. The name may have changed, but it's still very much the premier competition between the very best teams in Europe.

If you want to stay on top of all things related to the LEC, you'll find our LEC guide an essential resource. It'll be continually updated with the latest results, and we'll hunt down catch-up video for you where it's available.

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