All the “Wildcards” Are in!
As we’ve already talked about in our September overview, 3 out 5 Play-in Stage slots were reserved for the resolution of September 2nd and 3rd regional finals in Brazil, Oceania and Russia/CIS.
For Brazil spots, Team oNe eSports and paiN Gaming faced each other in the finals. paiN Gaming were losing a lot of towers in the first game, but took it by force in the late game. This was their only win.
Team oNe eSports proceeded to sweep them following the similar lane pressure and objective-oriented strategy displayed in the first game. It worked like gangbusters. They finished last two games in the kill deficit, but it didn’t bother them too much. After all, this was more than enough to secure a trip to worlds.
However, these gimmicky strats won’t work that well on the international stage. We’ll see how they adapt very soon.
On the other side of the globe, LG Dire Wolves and Chiefs eSports battled to represent Oceania at worlds. Wolves snatched the first two games, securing significant psychological advantage.
Chiefs seemed to have recovered in the third match, shutting Wolves down pretty convincingly from the get go. However, the fourth and final game saw Wolves emerging victorious in a pretty lengthy, albeit one sided matchup. They’ll have to work on their champion pool if they want to do anything meaningful on the international stage.
The third and final team to qualify for 2017 World Championship was Gambit.CIS. They were the only ones to go the distance in their finals matchup, but it wasn’t surprising, considering they had M19 for opponents.
NA & EU in Power Struggle for the Final 2 Spots!
With the weekend finals bonanza behind us, we’re slowly turning our heads toward next weekend. NA and EU LCS will have their gauntlets played out from Friday to Sunday, with the exciting matchups ahead.
In NA, Team Dignitas, Counter Logic Gaming, FlyQuest and Cloud9 will fight for the third and final seed at worlds. The finals will have Cloud9 due to their spring split second place, while the other team will be either Team Dignitas or Counter Logic Gaming.
Counter Logic Gaming already defeated Team Dignitas in the third place decider, so they would be the most obvious choice to win the gauntlet.
Across the pond, Fnatic will look for another chance at worlds appearance. After their disappointing loss to Misfits in the semifinals, they’ve finished strong in the third place this weekend. Unicorns of Love will try and mess up their plans obviously, but you can’t even know what UOL will show up on any given day any more.
Stay tuned as we bring you a more detailed preview of each region’s gauntlet teams and their chances in the following few days.