The final teams have been confirmed to be attending the League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split playoffs, following some intense tiebreakers in the final week of regular season play.
Team Liquid secured their top spot, to nobody's surprise, with wins over Echo Fox and Team SoloMid, putting them at an unbeatable 14-4 record. They had secured first after 100 Thieves beat Counter Logic Gaming earlier in the day, so went into the TSM match with a more relaxed approach. If anybody was concerned about how seriously they were taking it, you need only look at the team composition in their final match.
â€œI really did not expect to win, Iâ€™m not going to lie,â€ said Team Liquid's Peter â€œDoubleliftâ€ Peng in the post-game interview. â€œWe were really trolling.â€
Doublelift was referring to their use of Volibear and Nunu, rarely seen in the pro circuit as they don't often hold their weight against the more 'meta' picks. Nonetheless, it clearly didn't affect them.
Below them, Cloud9 and CLG had to head to a tiebreaker for second place, a match which C9 dominated. In under 25 minutes, C9 won with 10 kills to CLG's two, taking three Dragons and the Baron with them, in a match CLG will be furious at for a long while to come.
TSM's one win over the weekend, taking down Flyquest, was enough to secure fourth place, but fifth and sixth, the final spots, really came down to the wire.
Clutch Gaming managed to secure fifth place with a 2-0 weekend, beating both 100 Thieves and Golden Guardians, teams that were teetering very much on the edge of qualification and pushing Clutch out of their playoff spot. Had they lost even one of those, it could have been a very different story.
Finally, OpTic Gaming secured the final spot with tiebreaker wins over both 100 Thieves and Golden Guardians, marking the Greenwall's first foray into LCS playoffs since joining the league at the start of 2018. The tournament may be the last time OpTic are ever present in the LCS, so William "Meteos" Hartman and co. will be looking to make it one to remember. Could Worlds qualification be on the horizon to send OpTic riding into the sunset?
The full standings at the end of the LCS Summer Split is as follows:
- Team Liquid (14-4)
- Cloud9 (12-6)
- Counter Logic Gaming (12-6)
- Team SoloMid (10-8)
- Clutch Gaming (9-9)
- OpTic Gaming (8-10)
- Golden Guardians (8-10)
- 100 Thieves (8-10)
- Flyquest (5-13)
- Echo Fox (4-14)
First place at playoffs guarantees a spot at Worlds, with the top six teams battling it out to make it to the most prestigious tournament in League of Legends.
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