- August 22, 2017
LMS 2017 Summer Playoffs Round 2 Quick Recap
LMS 2017 Summer Playoffs Round 2 yielded a rather expected result. The rookies Raise Gaming were out of their element in a Bo5 format. On the opposite end, ahq e-Sports Club were totally at home.
First game was a one-sided, half-an hour of good old stomping directed by AHQ.
Second game offered enough proof that Raise Gaming are very close, just not there yet. AHQ were absolutely dominating in teamfights, but Raise Gaming went all-in on objectives. It paid off. Temporarily.
AHQ opened up the third game with an intense pressure from the get go. Raise Gaming were unable to keep up with the tempo and faltered after 35 minutes.
The fourth and final match was simply too much for Raise Gaming. It was a classic landslide victory for the seasoned Taiwan contender AHQ, for a final score of 3-1.
LMS 2017 Summer Playoffs Finals Preview
AHQ will meet Flash Wolves once again in the finals. It will be a low-stakes matchup because both teams have a guaranteed #2 seed based on championships points.
In other words, the outcome of the finals doesn’t really matter. It is strictly and solely a matter of pride and legacy. Flash Wolves have been dominant for a while already, with AHQ speeding in the rear-view mirror, ever so behind.
Can AHQ finally overtake the throne from the Taiwanese canids? We’ll find out on August 25. Stay tuned.
World Championship 2017
A Bunch of Teams Qualified This Week…
Moving away from the LMS 2017 Summer Playoffs Round 2, we have other major and wildcard leagues catching up with their Worlds representatives.
First up was 1907 Fenerbahce, sweeping long-time Turkish top-team BAU SuperMassive in the Turkish 2017 TCL Summer Finals. BAU SuperMassive are Rift Rivals – Green champions and long-time TCL top 2-3 team. Therefore, this is a major milestone victory for 1907 Fenerbahce.
1907 Fenerbahce will have to grind through the Worlds new Play-In Stage.
Shortly after that, SKT secured another trip to Worlds, beating kt Rolster in a thrilling reverse sweep. They’ll go against Longzhu Gaming in the finals.
This will be a very interesting matchup. Longzhu Gaming will surely go for the win to auto-qualify. On the other hand, SKT T1, even with a loss, have enough championship points already for a guaranteed #2 seed slot. Psychological factors at play here – big time!
Next in line were Kaos Latin Gamers, the winners of 2017 Latin America South Closing Cup Playoffs. They defeated Isurus Gaming for a guaranteed slot in the Play-In Stage. The preparations for international stage are surely underway already!
Last, but not least, we have TSM in the mix once again. Their entrance is probably the sweetest, as they didn’t even have to fight for it. This is due to Dignitas eliminating Cloud9 in the NA LCS 2017 Summer Playoffs Quarterfinals, the last team to have a theoretical chance of eliminating TSM based on championship points this year.
At the moment, TSM has guaranteed 130 championship points minimum. Compared to CLG and Dignitas, whose theoretical maximum is 100, this is a comfortable lead.
Tickets Available Soon!
Prepare your wallets and credits cards folks. It’s almost here!
As we already know, this year the World Championship will be held in China. Four cities will be the epicentres of action: Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
Group Stage draw will take place on September 12.
The Play-Ins and Group Stage will commence on September 23 at Wuhan Sports Center.
Finals will be held in Bird’s Nest in Beijing, naturally.
Isn’t that an absolutely gorgeous stadium?
Ticket prices as follows:
- Play-in Stage: in-field only, $14.99 USD on non weekends, $22.49 USD on weekends
- Group Stage (Oct 5-8, Oct 12-15)
- Non-weekends: in-field $26.99 USD, first class $17.99 USD, second class $14.99 USD
- Weekends: in-field $41.98 USD, first class $26.99 USD, second class $17.99 USD
Apparently, ticketing process requires in-game authentication, with an upper limit of 2 per day for each LoL account. Not sure how this will bode with the Great Firewall of China, but hopefully Riot has it sorted out.
No Ornn at Worlds! 🙁
Despite a recent reveal, Ornn, The Fire Below the Mountain will not be a playable champion at this year’s World Championship. In a recent post, gameplay designer Andrei “Meddler” van Roon wrote:
“Been seeing the question crop up occasionally of whether Ornn will be playable at Worlds or not. It’s an issue we went back and forth on a lot ourselves, our conclusion at the end though was that he shouldn’t be available. His release is only a couple of patches before the Worlds patch (7.18) and he’s got a lot of distinctive stuff on his kit that could take a bit longer than usual to assess the impact of, upgraded items for his allies especially. We’re really excited to see him in pro play, want to make sure we’ve had time to do any polish that’s needed though.”
It makes sense to omit adding such an impactful fight initiator, but maybe it’s for the better. The release of a brand new champion is usually followed by a slew of buffs, nerfs and tweaks. These changes require time to be tested and implemented. Such was the case with recently released Kayn as well.
It seems that there will be no hardcore ramming this year. What a shame…
LCS and Beyond
LCS Play of the Week
G2 mithy – because supports deserve their highlights too!
— lolesports (@lolesports) 21 August 2017
The first quarterfinals series between the faded Cloud9 and resurging Dignitas was full of fireworks. The only clean victory was the third match really – C9’s only win in a Bo5.
Unfortunately, Cloud9 struggled to regain their 2016 form for the entirety of summer split. Now, they’re out of contention early.
This is definitely one of the lowest points for a team of their calibre.
Listen to this DIG Altec’s interview about the series. He talks about the game where they came up back from 3 inhibitors, stating it’s one of the greatest he ever played.
He certainly sounded enthusiastic about his team’s prospect against TSM. Underestimate much?
The second quarterfinals pair was CLG vs. NV.
Consistency wise, EnVy is the lite-version of EU LCS Unicorns of Love. Sure, there’s no Exileh or Hylissang in their lineup to feed the enemy team excessively every 3-4 games.
But, they’ve had their fair share of unremarkable series this summer. However, they have a weird capability to effectively parry the best of the best at any time.
That’s exactly what happened.
Unfortunately, the very close Bo5 went the distance, and CLG pushed through in the final match. EnVy certainly showed teeth, reversing CLG’s early 1-0 series lead with a 2-0 of their own.
However, CLG exerted championship-level resilience and aggression in the last two games, shutting down EnVy decisively and convincingly.
Semifinals are lined up for next weekend. CLG will clash with IMT on Saturday, which has stylistically been the most exciting matchup of the NA LCS this summer.
TSM will meet Dignitas on Sunday. DIG will certainly be more desperate for a win here due to TSM’s early Worlds qualification. Still, the rulers of NA LCS won’t back down easily – expect heavy casualties on both sides!
Franchising and Other Big Money Stuff
TSM’s press release states:”… We’ll work together on a number of moments throughout the year to give esports fan more access to the sport they love. TSM is excited to work with T-Mobile, and looks forward to growing even stronger and having a successful year with the Un-carrier.”
Cloud9’s CEO & Founder Jack Etienne personally addressed the deal: “At Cloud9, we’re always looking for partners who are going to elevate us to the next level and we’ve found just that. Partnering up with T-Mobile will allow us to work together on some really exciting projects that we can’t wait for the fans to see.”
As 2018 is closing in, expect more Esports organizations to pick up major sponsors in preparation for the franchise remodeling of NA LCS.
The absolutely upsetting defeat against Misfits has knocked out Unicorns out of contention right at the quarterfinals gate. It has probably been one of the highlights of the entire LCS week.
To see Misfits sweep the long-time championship contenders in such a devastating fashion was a truly game changing experience.
As we’ve already said, this defeat will sting UOL for a long time. On the other hand, Misfits have an “impossible” task of defeating Fnatic in semifinals now. Can they keep the dream alive? We’ll find out over the weekend.
After seeing Unicorns getting knocked out early, G2 came in ready as ever the following day. And it was still very close. Splyce gave them a worthy fight, and G2 had to dig their feet deeply into the ground to qualify for semifinals.
The excitement went the distance. It was truly anyone’s game until the very last moment. Splyce winning the series would be no less deserved than G2 eventual victory. This is a major reason why Splyce owner Marty Strenczewilk expressed faith in the current roster in his recent interview.
Nevertheless, champions G2 Esports march forward in the end. H2K is next in line.
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