After an exciting season, the European League Championship Series (LCS) playoff teams are all set. The last week of the summer split determined which teams were headed to the playoffs to fight for the European crown and which would be relegated to the promotional tournament to fight for a berth in next year’s spring split.
Immortals ponder their next steps in the NA LCS
After losing to TSM for the second time, Immortals can no longer claim the title of regular season champions. They step back and reflect as the playoffs approach.
TSM proves immortal, Phoenix1 rises
Kicking off the final week of the NA LCS, TSM defeat Immortals for the top playoffs seed and Phoenix1 achieve a minor upset over Team Envy.
FORG1VEN to sub for H2k-Gaming’s Freeze
AD Carry FORG1VEN will be returning to the stage for H2k after Freeze’s inability to compete due to tendonitis in his wrist.
After the first day, the placements were guaranteed. Unicorns of Love (UoL) claimed the sixth spot with its five wins, seven ties, five losses and 20 points overall to finish the playoff picture. Schalke 04, Team Vitality, Origen, and Team ROCCAT ended as the bottom four teams for the summer split.
Origen and Team Vitality, in particular, were disappointments in the European LCS. Both teams came into the split with plenty of expectations and positive past results. Origen went through a split of turmoil with position changes, player swaps, and the return of Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martinez. Team Vitality simply did not jell together. All four teams stand a strong chance to retain their spots in the next split, but nothing is guaranteed.
Highlight match: H2k-Gaming against UoL
This best-of-two was a preview of how playoff games may turn out. Both teams needed either a victory in this match or a loss from the lower teams to further establish its positioning for the playoffs. H2k-Gaming’s play against UoL seemed relatively straightforward; UoL needed a snipe-out or a big mistake from H2k-Gaming in both games to survive. In the process, UoL showcased their ability to slow the pace of the game and play impressive defense.
However, H2k-Gaming’s performance was an illustration of the average playoff team: solid execution in team fights; pervasive map control and vision; and unrelenting pressure. At the same time, H2k-Gaming’s occasional overaggression and miscommunication provided a perfect example of what teams should avoid. That said, UoL’s resilience in both of its games demonstrated how hotly contested any playoff game will be, regardless of record.