League of Legends Regional Qualifier Playoffs

Welcome ladies and gentleman to the EU and NA LCS Regional Qualifier, where the remaining teams (based on championship points) will fight to secure that third and final spot for their region at the 2015 World Championship.

But before we get into the Regional Qualifier here is some news from the 2016 Spring Promotion tournament. If you remember during the end of the summer season, the worst team in the EU gets auto-relegated, while the 8th and 9th place team has to play in a best of 5 relegation match against a team from the Challenger series. If the team who is already in the LCS wins then they get to stay, but if the team from Challenger wins then they get added to the LCS and the team who lost gets kicked out.

The results of the 2016 EU Spring Promotion tournament have finished, and 9th place SK Gaming from summer split EU LCS has lost against Gamers2 from the EU Challenger Series 3-2. So Gamers2 will be added to the EU LCS next spring, while SK Gaming will be kicked out. Also the 8th place Gambit Gaming from summer has retained their spot in the EU LCS by defeating Mousesports 3-0.

Here is how the bracket will look in the EU LCS. The first match in the Quarterfinals will be ROCCAT versus Giants Gaming, and then the winner of that game will move on to face Origen in the Semifinals. And finally whoever is victorious in the Semifinals will move on to face Unicorns of Love in the Finals, with the winner securing the 3rd and final spot at Worlds for the EU region.

 Alright let’s get into the EU LCS Regional Qualifier, where as with playoffs all the matches will be a best of five. This week’s the most used champion from the EU that has not been showcased before was, “Viktor, the Machine Herald”.

Viktor

ROCCAT vs. Giants Gaming

Quarterfinals

ROCCAT sweeps the series 3-0 against Giants Gaming, ROCCAT looked strong in all three of the games, while Giants looked predictable and unorganized. The main champions used in ROCCAT’s key to victory included; Shen, Gragas, Gangplank, and Sivir.

Origen vs. ROCCAT

Semifinals

A really tough series for both teams, as the series extended to all five games. Origen took the first game of the series pretty handily, and then ROCCAT replied with two close wins of their own. ROCCAT looked primed in game four to take the series and was probably the closest game for either team. However in the end Origen squeaked out the win and then proceeded to dominate ROCCAT in game five to win the series 3-2. The main champions used in Origen’s victory included; Viktor, Braum, Gangplank, and Elise.

Unicorns of Love vs. Origen

Finals – Game 1

          Unicorns of Love – Champions played; Vizicsacsi (Maokai) 0/5/5, H0R0 (Gragas) 1/3/7, PowerOfEvil (Viktor) 9/1/1, Vardags (Sivir) 1/3/7, and Hylissang (Alistar) 0/3/9.

          Origen – Champions played; SoaZ (Rumble) 0/3/6, Amazing (Elise) 3/2/7, xPeke (Azir) 3/4/4, Niels (Tristana) 8/1/7, and Mithy (Tresh) 1/3/11.

          Winner: Origen – A pretty close first game with PowerOfEvil on his Viktor getting extremely fed early game. However it is usually the late game that matters if you can hold out in time as Tristana becomes very hard to deal with if she gets rolling which is exactly what Niels did to help Origen secure game 1.

Game 2

          Unicorns of Love – Champions played; Vizicsacsi (Gnar) 0/4/2, H0R0 (Gragas) 0/2/0, PowerOfEvil (Viktor) 1/2/0, Vardags (Tristana) 0/4/0, and Hylissang (Annie) 2/5/0.

          Origen – Champions played; SoaZ (Maokai) 2/0/7, Amazing (Elise) 3/0/9, xPeke (Kog’Maw) 5/1/6, Niels (Corki) 6/1/5, and Mithy (Braum) 1/1/12.

          Winner: Origen – Unlike in game 1, this game was anything but close as Origen steam-rolled UOL, making sure to shut down the Tristana knowing how powerful she can be late game. In dominating fashion Origen take game 2, and now only need one more win to claim the third and final EU spot at Worlds.

Game 3

          Unicorns of Love – Champions played; Vizicsacsi (Gangplank) 2/5/5, H0R0 (Lee Sin) 4/3/5, PowerOfEvil (Azir) 5/0/4, Vardags (Tristana) 0/4/4, and Hylissang (Tresh) 0/7/7.

          Origen – Champions played; SoaZ (Fizz) 8/4/4, Amazing (Elise) 2/2/6, xPeke (Varus) 1/3/8, Niels (Corki) 5/1/6, and Mithy (Annie) 3/1/9.

          Winner: Origen – Probably the best game for UOL so far, but sadly it wasn’t enough as once again the bot lane of UOL gets shut down hard not even netting a single kill on their ADC. Origen came out with a game plan and executed it well, as they sweep the series 3-0 and claim that third and final spot at Worlds.

Now that the EU LCS Regional Qualifier matches are over, here is a look at your three teams from the EU LCS that will be representing the EU at Worlds.

  1. Fnatic
  2. H2K
  3. Origen

And this week’s featured match-up is actually game 4 between ROCCAT and Origen. ROCCAT needed this win to make it to the finals, while Origen needed this win to force a game 5, and both teams tried their best but only one will come out victorious. Enjoy!!

As with the EU here is how the bracket will look in the NA LCS for the Regional Qualifier. The first match in the Quarterfinals will be Cloud 9 versus Gravity, and then the winner of that game will move on to face Team Impulse in the Semifinals. And finally whoever is victorious in the Semifinals will move on to face Team Liquid in the Finals, with the winner securing the 3rd and final spot at Worlds for the NA region.

But before we get into that here are the results of the 2016 NA Spring Promotion tournament just how it was for the EU LCS. 9th place Enemy Esports from summer split NA LCS has lost in a crushing defeat against Team Coast from the NA Challenger Series 3-0. So Team Coast will be added to the NA LCS next spring, while Enemy Esports will be sent back to the Challenger series. Also the 8th place Team 8 from summer has retained their spot in the NA LCS by defeating Team Imagine 3-1.

Alright let’s get into the NA LCS Regional Qualifier, where as with playoffs all the matches will be a best of five. This week’s the most used champion from the NA that has not been showcased before was, “Ashe, the Frost Archer”.

Ashe

Cloud 9 vs. Gravity

Quarterfinals

Things looked great for Gravity early on winning the first two games of the series in a pretty dominating fashion against Cloud 9 who it looked like were done for. However it seems that something clicked for Cloud 9 whose backs were now against the wall as then they proceeded to dismantle Gravity and reverse sweep them winning the last three games to win the series. Cloud 9 topple Gravity 3-2, and the main champions used in Cloud 9’s comeback victory included; Maokai, Varus, Braum, and Ashe.

Team Impulse vs. Cloud 9

Semifinals

Team Impulse put up some absolutely dominating matches by winning both game 1 as well as game 2 in the series pretty convincingly going up an early 2-0 in the series, however once again Cloud 9 seemed to turn things around. Securing yet another reverse sweep winning games 3, 4, and 5, Cloud 9 once again win the series 3-2 and now will go on to face Team Liquid in the finals. Can Cloud 9 hold out and make the long journey to reach Worlds? The main champions used in Cloud 9’s once again comeback win included; Rumble, Vayne, Gragas, and Morgana.

Team Liquid vs. Cloud 9

Finals – Game 1

          Team Liquid – Champions played; Quas (Nautilus) 0/3/1, IWDominate (Nidalee) 1/2/0, FeniX (Lulu) 1/0/0, Piglet (Vayne) 0/3/1, and Xpecial (Alistar) 0/4/1.

          Cloud 9 – Champions played; Balls (Maokai) 1/1/8, Hai (Gragas) 1/0/10, Incarnati0n (Orianna) 2/0/8, Sneaky (Draven) 8/0/3, and LemonNation (Braum) 0/1/12.

          Winner: Cloud 9 – No reverse sweep this time around for Cloud 9 as they pick up the win for game 1 off the back of Sneaky and his comfort pick of Draven who was able to snowball his lead and help Cloud 9 pick up game 1 of the series.

Game 2

          Team Liquid – Champions played; Quas (Gnar) 1/1/8, IWDominate (Gragas) 5/0/8, FeniX (Viktor) 4/2/12, Piglet (Corki) 6/0/9, and Xpecial (Alistar) 3/2/11.

          Cloud 9 – Champions played; Balls (Maokai) 0/2/3, Hai (Elise) 0/5/4, Incarnati0n (Diana) 2/3/0, Sneaky (Vayne) 3/4/0, and LemonNation (Braum) 0/5/4.

          Winner: Team Liquid – Not a great game from Cloud 9 this time around, but a great game from Team Liquid who was able to clean up most of their mistakes from game 1. Team Liquid were pick up game 2 as they were able to control the objectives better and had great communication for team fights.

Game 3

          Team Liquid – Champions played; Quas (Gnar) 1/1/5, IWDominate (Gragas) 1/4/5, FeniX (Viktor) 4/2/3, Piglet (Corki) 3/5/2, and Xpecial (Alistar) 0/7/6.

          Cloud 9 – Champions played; Balls (Rumble) 3/3/9, Hai (Ekko) 6/2/7, Incarnati0n (Orianna) 5/2/10, Sneaky (Vayne) 5/1/8, and LemonNation (Braum) 0/1/15.

          Winner: Cloud 9 – It was a pretty close early game between both teams, however Cloud 9’s team composition was far superior at team fighting compared to Team Liquid especially as the game progressed longer and longer. In the end it all came down to a few minor mistakes here and there, as well as calls around that pesky deathtrap known as Baron. Cloud 9 take grab the win, and now Team Liquid must win game 4 in order to force and fifth and final game.

Game 4

          Team Liquid – Champions played; Quas (Lulu) 0/3/11, IWDominate (Rek’Sai) 5/5/4, FeniX (Orianna) 4/3/7, Piglet (Vayne) 3/3/4, and Xpecial (Braum) 0/5/5.

          Cloud 9 – Champions played; Balls (Sion) 0/4/14, Hai (Nidalee) 7/3/7, Incarnati0n (Viktor) 9/1/6, Sneaky (Draven) 3/2/6, and LemonNation (Morgana) 0/2/9.

          Winner: Cloud 9 – The closest game of the series for these two teams, everything was on the line for both teams. Team Liquid was luckily able to get the shut down on Draven before he could get his first kill stopping him from cashing in on the stacks he accumulated. Once again in the end it all came down to minor mistakes with Xpecial getting caught out by himself and then IWDominate, allowing Cloud 9 to capitalize and push for the victory. Cloud 9 win the series 3-1 and secure the final NA spot at Worlds.

Now that the NA LCS Regional Qualifier matches are over, here is a look at your three teams from the NA LCS that will be representing NA at Worlds.

  1. CLG (Counter Logic Gaming)
  2. TSM (Team Solo Mid)
  3. Cloud 9

And this week’s featured match-up is game 4 of Team Liquid and Cloud 9, where everything is on the line for both teams, even more so for Team Liquid who was trying to force a final game 5. Enjoy!

And that wraps up the League of Legends Regional Qualifier matches; the next stop is the 2015 World Championship!! Thanks for reading guys and gals, and as always, see you next time!!

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