According to an official press release by Schalke 04 Esports, the LEC team will also feature an Academy team titled “Knappenschmiede” which will compete in the German Premier Tour.
The application phase for the Knappenschmiede has officially opened. You can apply using the following document.
According to the press release, players applying must’ve reached the minimum rank of Master Tier in Season 8 – amongst some other factors:
It is important to note that due to the team participating in the German Premier Tour, at least 3 of the players need to be from the DACH-region: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
The team will be decided by and managed by former Schalke 04 Jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider.