2 tournaments in North America and Europe are preparing for the playoffs, finding the champion and seeding teams for Worlds.
LCS has up to 8 teams competing in playoffs including: 100 Thieves, Cloud9, CLG, Evil Geniuses, FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, Team Liquid, TSM. In the tiebreak match for 5th place, Cloud9 won FlyQuest, giving the blue team a great opportunity to go deep into the tournament, when their opponent was only CLG, and FlyQuest had to face the strong Team Liquid.
In the winning bracket, the first place team in the group stage, Evil Geniuses, has the right to choose their opponent from the 2 winners in the match CLG vs C9, TL vs FLY. The second team of Group 100 Thieves was forced to face the other team. These teams still have a chance if they lose the match, while TSM and Golden Guardians are only ranked 7, 8 in the group stage, so they start in the losing bracket.
All matches in the playoffs are in the BO5 format, taking place for nearly a month (from August 20 to September 11), the schedule in the first rounds falls on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. , Sunday. Semi-finals and finals will take place at the end of the week.
LEC has 6 teams participating in playoffs: Excel, Fnatic, G2 Esports, MAD Lions, Misfits Gaming, Rogue. In which, G2 Esports had a place to attend Worlds thanks to the highest cumulative points over 2 seasons. In the LCS, the teams played with stable performance, the teams in the LEC played very erratic and unpredictable. In the last two weeks, G2 and Fnatic continuously had victories to get to the playoffs in time, even G2 ranked first in the group stage.
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The first 3 playoffs are as follows: Bracket wins, G2 vs Misfits Gaming will be very interesting because these 2 teams have drawn each other in the group stage. MAD Lions vs Rogue is an opportunity to reclaim the 0-2 debt of the Golden Lions against a very strong Rogue team in the group stage but very weak in the playoffs. Fnatic vs Excel, the successful team Fnatic will have to face the dark horse this season, Excel right in the losing bracket, in the group stage Excel has defeated Fnatic twice.
All playoffs matches are in a BO5 format. Currently, the LEC organizers have only announced the competition time for the first 3 matches at 22:00 hours on August 26, 27, and 28 respectively.
This year’s League of Legends World Championship is scheduled to take place at the end of September, the LEC has 4 tickets, the 3rd and 4th seeds will participate in the tournament from the warm-up round, the remaining two seeds will go directly to the group stage. LCS has 3 tickets, the 3rd seed will enter the tournament from the warm-up round, the remaining two seeds will go straight to the group stage. The seeding teams will be determined after the playoffs are over.