EU LCS Bracketology
EU LCS Bracketology
In a notable divergence from NA’s storyline, the EU LCS has built a greater distinction between the top and the bottom. While Fnatic and Gambit Gaming look secure in their rank, below them six other teams are fighting for survival. With five matches remaining for everyone, Super Week is slated to bring the best out of all the players when there is so much on the line.
With how LCS is structured, the importance of ranking going into the post season is paramount:
- The 1st and 2nd place teams receive a semifinal berth into the Split Playoff Bracket, and automatically qualify for the EU LCS Summer Season.
- The 7th and 8th place teams must earn their qualification into the Split Playoffs by beating the top challenger teams in the Summer Promotion Qualifier.
- The 3rd to 6th place teams qualify for the Split Playoffs, and face each other (3rd vs 6th & 4th vs 5th) in the first round. The winners of the first round advance to the semifinals and qualify for the Summer Season. The losers of the first round drop down to the Summer Promotion Qualifier to join the 7th and 8th placed teams.
- In the case of ranking ties between two teams, their head to head record will be used. If teams end the season at 2-2, there will be a sudden death best-of-one played. Coin toss will determine first ban and pick.
The Twin Titans
Gambit Gaming (18-5)
The two juggernauts of Europe finish the season with identical wins/losses and are on the cusp of clinching the top 2 seeds for this season. Fnatic and Gambit only need one win out of their five games during Super Week to secure their seed, and with both playing at least three of the bottom four teams each, it looks highly feasible that they will return this summer.
Almost Within Grasp
SK Gaming (14-9)
Evil Geniuses (12-11)
SK Gaming has had a spectacular season thus far. Currently sitting on a 61% win rate, they have a winning head to head ratio with every team below them. While very improbable, SK’s Cinderella story to secure a top 2 seed can only occur if they score a perfect 5 wins during Super Week, and either Fnatic or Gambit (but not both) implode and go winless. However, for the time being, SK is safely into the Split Playoffs already.
Evil Geniuses round off the top 4 in Europe and they are mighty close to the Split Playoffs as well. They only need one win during Super Week to qualify, and are sure to be pulling out all of their secret stratagems in an attempt to close with SK Gaming.
Proving Their Tenacity
Copenhagen Wolves (9-14)
Against All Authority (8-15)
Ozone GIANTS (8-15)
For the bottom 4 teams, clinching a top 6 seed will prove to be rather difficult. Out of the four, the Copenhagen Wolves have the best record, at 9-14, and need to win 4 out of 5 matches to clinch a top 6 seed or win 3 out of 5, if they defeat the GIANTS. aAa, tied with GIANTS, would need to beat the Spaniards and win 4 out of 5 games. Lastly, for the GIANTS, they must win every match in order to secure top 6. With so many victories needed, teams must prepare wisely. If upsetting a top 4 team proves to be too difficult, then they must not underperform against teams in their same bracket.
Consistency in this final week will be a key factor. Upsets have occurred often enough this season and showed that even the lower ranked teams can topple the favourites. The two biggest matches of the week to determine who advances to Split Playoffs and who falls to Summer Promotion are Wolves vs GIANTS and aAa vs GIANTS, so be sure to watch for some of the best EU LCS action to date.
Tune in this Friday, April 19th, starting at 14:00 CEST to catch the finale of the first split of the EU LCS.
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