Bracket Set For League of Legends NA Regional Playoffs
The North American League of Legends E-Sports scene closed another chapter on the road to the world championships as the regular season came to a end last weekend.
The 8 teams in the North American League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) played their last four games of the Summer Split over the weekend with teams Cloud 9 and LMQ fighting over the coveted #1 seed, while others fought just to finish in the top 6 in order to qualify for the regional finals. After the dust settled, the six teams that qualified were Cloud 9, LMQ, Team SoloMid (TSM), Curse, CounterLogic Gaming, and Dignitas.
The story of the weekend though was the incredible performance by Evil Genius, a team that struggled throughout the season and went into the final week in last place with a record of 7-17. Evil Genius closed out the weekend going 4-0, beating both the number 1 and 2 teams in the league, Cloud 9 and LMQ, along with Complexity and CLG.
Despite playing like beasts though, EG didn’t manage to crack the top 6, which means they did not make the regional playoffs and will have to fight to keep their position in the LCS during the next Promotion Tournament at the end of the year.
When asked how EG is going to keep the momentum going after winning five of their last five matches, EG’s mid laner, Pobelter, said “I guess it’s the motivation of having a job still. You don’t really want to lose your job, so that will be the main factor. We don’t want to drop out by any means, after having such a strong showing.”
Looking ahead to the regional playoffs, the six qualifying teams will fight it out in a series of best of five matches that will lead up to the regional finals on September 1. From there, the top 3 teams out of the playoffs will qualify to participate in the World Championship, which will be taking place this year in Seoul, South Korea, with the grand finals being held inside the Seoul World Cup Stadium on October 19.
It’s a long and winding road for those who choose the life of a professional League of Legends player, and an uphill battle as well for those North Americans looking to claim a world championship. As of yet, a North American team has not placed in the top 4 of a world championship. Could 2014 be North America’s year? We’ll find out as the post season of LCS starts up this month, with the road to the world championship continuing all throughout September and October.