On Saturday, both defending LCS teams were denied re-entry to The Summer Split. Quantic beat down compLexity while Velocity came back in game five to replace MRN in the LCS. Sunday consisted of two of the biggest NA LCS names looking to keep their dreams alive. The first best of five series was Dignitas v Team Summon. CLG would face off against Azure Cats, and ex-CLG member, bigfatlp.
Last week we saw three new teams join the EU LCS. Immediately, there was high expectations for the amatuer teams of NA to be just as good and they delivered. We started off Friday with eight amatuer teams facing off in best of three series to earn the right to challenge one of the bottom four teams from The Spring Split.
The five seed, Quantic Gaming, was up first taking on #12 Team Astral Poke. Quantic was dominant and forced a 22 minute surrender to win game one and won game two by taking the nexus before 21 minutes. Quantic win the series 2-0 over Astral Poke. The second match on Friday was #6 Velocity eSports v #11 The Salad Bar. Game one went to The Salad Bar, but games two and three went to Velocity behind the front line of Renekton and Nasus. Velocity win the series 2-1. The third series was the seventh seed, Team Summon v #10 Fidelis. In two 35 minute games, Team Summon looked great as they controlled the pace and vision of the map to win the series 2-0. Friday’s final match up was #8 DoubleBuff v #9 Azure Cats. In a quick 2-0 series, Azure Cats upset DoubleBuffs. Azure Cats didn’t lose a single turret through two games and they easily controlled DBB’s jungle with wards.
The match ups for Saturday followed as: Quantic Gaming v compLexity and Velocity eSports v MRN. Sunday’s matches would be Dignitas v Team Summon and CLG v Azure Cats. All four of these matches would escalate to a best of five series and the victor would own a place in the NA LCS Summer Split. It was obvious to wonder if DIG and CLG would be able to overcome their downward spiral at the end of The Spring Split. Without DIG, CLG, or both in The Summer Split, the NA LCS would have a very, very different feeling.
The Summer Promotion Qualifier is more important than last week’s playoff matches. At first glance, one would say this is just a giant losers bracket. In reality, these twelve teams were in a fight to claim one of four spots in the EU LCS Summer Split.
Of the twelve teams, four were the bottom half of the Spring Split: Copenhagen Wolves, Dragonborns, Against All Authority, and GIANTS. The other eight teams were amatuer teams ready for the opportunity to chase their dreams and be professional League of Legends players. Meet Your Makers, Team Alternate, Sinners Never Sleep, Samurai in Jeans, Anexis, TCM Gaming, Wizards Club, and Dexterisactuallyevil were the eight teams given this chance.
In round one, the #5 seed, Meet Your Makers, defeated #12 seed Dexterisactuallyevil in a back and forth three game series. Meet Your Makers advanced to battle Dragonborns, who they had lost to in the Spring Promo Qualifier. The #6 seed Team Alternate defeated #11 Wizards Club in a three game series that spanned two days due to technical difficulties. Team Alternate would move on to face GIANTS in round two. In another three game series, the #7 seed, Sinners Never Sleep, beat TCM gaming and earned the chance to face Against All Authority in round two. Samurai in Jeans, the 8 seed, trounced #9 seed Anexis in just two games. Samurai in Jeans would face The Copenhagen Wolves.
With all technical difficulties behind us, round two would commence with four best of five series. GIANTS v Team Alternate, Against All Authority v Sinners Never Sleep, Copenhagen Wolves v Samurai in Jeans, and Dragonborns v Meet Your Makers would be this weekend’s highlighted matches.
After day two, Team Alternate and Sinners Never Sleep have claimed two of the four spots in the Summer Split LCS. The Wolves enter day three as the favorite to regain their spot in the LCS over Samurai in Jeans. The second and final match of day three would be Dragonborns v Meet Your Makers. This would be a rematch of the Spring LCS Qualifier and MYM is hungry for revenge.
CW- Elise, Malphite, and Shen CW - Twisted Fate, Sona, Varus, Singed, Cho,Gath
SiJ - Jarvan IV, Zac, Zed SIJ - Rumble, Thresh, Nautilus, Miss Fortune Xerath
After defeating Anexis in round one, Samurai in Jeans came into this game feeling confident. They allowed Bjergsen one of his favorite picks, Twisted Fate, and allowed CW to pick up Sona. While some may think Sona isn’t a major pick, the ability the CC five members of a team with a great Crescendo can be absolutely game breaking. The game started off with heavy aggression from SiJ in the bottom lane forcing TheTess to flash to safety within the first minute of laning. Kottenx continued the aggression when he ganked NeeGodBro in the top lane at 4:19, securing first blood for his team. The tides quickly turned when Bjergsen’s Twisted Fate hit level 6. With Destiny, Bjersen helped CW push the pace of the game by catching YoungBuck in the top lane. NeeGodBro would finish YoungBuck, grabbing CW’s first kill. Moments later, Unlimited was taken down in the bottom lane by TheTess and Deficio while Bjergsen and Svenskeren stole away the enemy blue buff. When Destiny came off cooldown, Bjergsen assisted Svenskeren and NeeGodBro in the top lane picking up their third kill and the top tower. SiJ immediately react and kill the first dragon of the game closing the gold difference to 1.2k. At this point both teams slowly picked up objectives until the 31 minute mark when a small skirmish broke out allowing CW to trade 3 kills for 1 and knock down the middle inner turret. SiJ retaliated by grabbing 2 kills in the next team fight and baron buff. With the baron buff, SiJ seemed to have a surge of confidence and pushed the middle lane. CW won the fight trading 1 for 4 and knocking down the middle inhibitor. With super minions on their side, CW were on complete control and closed the game out at 44 minutes.
DIG v GGU
Game 1 -
Good Game University: Ezreal, Elise, Karthus, Blitzcrank, Riven.
Despite not taking any bottom turrets, Good Game University did everything right in game one. GGU controlled objectives, dragon, and vision to be specific. Team fighting from DIG was sloppy and lacked full confidence while GGU was more organized and found reason to engage. For every team fight, GGU was able to take a turret, dragon, or map control. The shot calling for GGU was on point when they took the only baron of the game. GGU had wards all over the map, the majority in DIG jungle. They saw DIG wasn’t in position to react and GGU moved as a team to take baron. GGU won two more team fights in mid lane before finishing the nexus. It took less than 30 minutes for GGU to stun DIG and The LCS.