Spring Playoffs Begin
Spring Playoffs Begin
It’s fitting that the first spring split of Season 3 ended Super Week style, with each LCS competitor playing five matches. While a few rankings had already been set in stone, some underdog teams apparently felt determined to make their potentially final LCS games count. In North America, powerhouse Curse lost an astonishing four matches against Good Game University, Vulcun, Dignitas and compLexity, while TSM Snapdragon took advantage of the upsets to leapfrog into first place.
Over in Europe, the Copenhagen Wolves went on a tear, ending a 4-1 week with a strong victory over LCS favorites Gambit BenQ. EG Raidcall also ended the split with two wins over Gambit and SK Gaming, bouncing back after a noted slump. Both these teams look strong going into the Spring Playoffs, and with possible relegation on the line for EG, expect their best play yet.
The Playoffs Begin
The playoffs for both regions will begin on Friday, April 26, as the top six teams from each region duke it out for $100,000 in prizes. The winning team from each region will take home the grand prize of $50,000, with second, third and fourth winning $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. The top two seeded teams (TSM Snapdragon and Curse in NA, Fnatic and Gambit BenQ in EU) will be facing the victors of their region’s quarter-final round, where seed three will face seed six, and seed four will face seed five.
In North America, this means Team Dignitas faces Good Game University for the potential to go up against Curse, while Counter Logic Gaming and Vulcun square off to see who advances to face TSM Snapdragon. Currently, the split record goes to the higher ranking teams in both cases, as DIG and CLG went 3-1 during the LCS against their respective opponents.
Both GGU and Vulcun’s rosters have undergone changes since the beginning of the season, however, imbuing an element of unpredictability to the coming games. Adding in the fact that these matches will be best-of-three, instead of single games, makes momentum particularly important.
For Europe, third-place SK Gaming will find themselves against the aAa underdogs, while EG RaidCall looks to put a stop to the resurgent Copenhagen Wolves. These matchups look extremely tough, but once a team vanquishes their rivals they’ll have a bigger challenge waiting in the wings: the winner of SK vs. aAa will take on Gambit BenQ, while Fnatic dares the winner of EG vs. CW to test their mettle against the current leaders of the European LCS.
But defeat means more than just losing the chance for cash prizes and bragging rights. While placing in the top four positions of the Playoffs ensures a position in the Summer split, elimination in the opening round will result in automatic placement alongside the 7th and 8th seed teams in the Summer Promotion Tournament just two weeks away. There, four LCS teams will have to battle to keep their spot in the next LCS split, or face immediate disqualification.
Three Days of Action
European Playoff games will begin at 17:00 CEST (8:00am PDT) this Friday and 13:00 CEST (4:00am PDT) this Saturday. Sunday kicks off again at 13:00 CEST (4:00am PDT) with the third/fourth place matchup, followed by the best-of-five championship match.
For North America, the competition begins on Friday with the quarterfinals at 3:00pm PDT (24:00 CEST) and on Saturday at 1:00pm PDT (22:00 CEST). On Sunday, the third/fourth place game begins at 1:00pm PDT (22:00 CEST) with the best-of-five grand finale at 4:00pm PDT (1:00 CEST).
So tune in this Friday as the best teams of the NA and EU battle in the first ever LCS Playoffs, and let us know who you think will rise to the top on our Twitter @LoLeSports.