July 15 marks the primary day of the LEC Summer cut up playoffs. The remaining eight groups will face off in a GSL-style group stage to find out which 4 groups transfer on to the knockout bracket. Furthermore, the group stage runs till July 23.
This is the primary 12 months of the LEC’s new three-split format, which culminates within the LEC Finals. That occasion is about to start in Montpellier, France on August 19. It will function six groups – the three cut up winners and the three groups with the very best championship factors. If a staff wins a cut up however has already certified for the LEC Finals, the automated berth is handed right down to the best-placed staff who’s but to qualify.
But who’s left within the competitors? Who can nonetheless qualify for the LEC Finals? And how can they nonetheless qualify? Well, pricey reader, we now have the reply to all these questions and extra.
When Are The LEC Playoffs?
The LEC playoffs start on July 15. The group stage runs from July 15 to July 23, with matches performed on July 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23. The knockout bracket begins on July 28 and continues till July 30.
How Can I Watch The LEC Playoffs?
The LEC playoffs shall be streamed on the LEC’s official Twitch web page. Additionally, the LEC playoffs are 100% free to observe on Twitch. You can even purchase tickets to observe the matches dwell on the LEC Studio in Berlin, Germany.
Who Is Taking Part In The LEC Playoffs?
There are eight groups within the LEC playoffs. In Group A, we now have G2, Koi, Team BDS, and Team Heretics. Meanwhile, in Group B, we now have Excel Esports, Fnatic, MAD Lions, and SK Gaming.
Who Has Qualified For The LEC Finals?
Currently, G2 and MAD Lions are the one groups to have certified for the LEC Finals. They did this by profitable the Winter and Spring splits respectively. The winner of the Summer cut up, or the best-placed staff who isn’t G2 or MAD, will even mechanically qualify.
Who Can Still Qualify For The LEC Finals?
Excel Esports, Fnatic, KOI, SK Gaming, Team BDS, Team Heretics, and Team Vitality can all nonetheless qualify. However, that is the place it will get difficult, on condition that Team Vitality isn’t collaborating within the Summer playoffs. Furthermore, Astralis is the one LEC staff who can not qualify for the LEC Finals. They didn’t make the playoffs and ended the season with 105 Championship Points. This isn’t sufficient to qualify as one of many highest Championship Point-earning groups.
Okay Then, How Can Teams Qualify For The LEC Finals?
Let’s do that team-by-team and break down their situations. However, as issues stand, that is the Championship Points [CP] desk. I’ve excluded MAD Lions (250) and G2 (225) as a result of they’ve already certified. Furthermore, these factors totals replicate the minimal quantity of factors every staff can earn based mostly on the standings on the time of writing. To make issues easier, these totals embody the 30 factors all groups besides Team Vitality can earn for ending a minimal of eighth.
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll say that the minimal whole for qualification is Team Vitality’s 137, which means you want no less than 138 factors to qualify for the LEC Finals. However, it’s sadly not that straightforward as a result of we additionally should acknowledge that one of many groups in competition will earn an automated berth.
Current Total: 10
Excel Esports certified for the playoffs after a wild remaining two weeks of the Summer common season. However, they face essentially the most tough path to the LEC Finals. Having completed tenth in each the Winter and Spring splits, they convey simply 10 CP into the playoffs with them.
The “easiest” route for Excel to qualify for the LEC Finals is to proceed their Cinderella run all the best way to the Summer cut up title. However, as a consequence of solely having 10 CP, the bottom that Excel can end and nonetheless have extra factors than Team Vitality is second. Even a third-place end, which earns 120 CP, would nonetheless see them end under Vitality.
However, if SK Gaming finishes eighth, Excel might doubtlessly attain the playoffs because the six-seed in the event that they end third. Despite this slim shot, it will hinge on how the remainder of the desk lined up.
Current Total: 30
Fnatic grew to become the most effective groups in the course of the Summer common season, thanks largely to their rookie ADC, Noah. However, it has been a tricky 12 months for Fnatic, who completed ninth and eighth within the first two splits.
This would be the final time I say as it’s true for all groups apart from Vitality, however Fnatic’s finest approach to the LEC Finals is to win the cut up. Beyond that, Fnatic should end no less than third to surpass the factors whole of Team Vitality. However, within the state of affairs during which Excel finishes third and SK Gaming finishes eighth, a fourth-place end could possibly be sufficient to complete sixth. However, it will depend upon the remainder of the desk.
Current Total: 120
KOI slipped a bit within the Summer cut up however profit from two robust runs within the earlier splits. This implies that an eighth-place end within the Summer playoffs nonetheless sees them finish the 12 months on 150 CP. While depending on the remainder of the desk, this must be greater than sufficient to see KOI end as a LEC Finals participant.
Current Total: 90
It’s been an up-and-down season for SK Gaming however they nonetheless have a shot on the LEC Finals. The worst factor that they might do is lose their momentum and end eighth. That would see them end the season on 120 CP, under Team Vitality, and because the worst-placed staff who might doubtlessly end on 120 CP. To surpass Team Vitality (137 CP), SK might want to end no less than sixth (a Seventh-place end would see them end 2 factors behind Vitality). However, SK does not likely management their very own destiny as their end, other than a top-four, actually is dependent upon how the remainder of the desk shakes out.
Current Total: 130
Like KOI, Team BDS slipped in the course of the summer time however are buoyed by their earlier performances. They at the moment maintain the very best CP whole exterior of a cut up winner. This implies that even an eighth-place end sees them shut out with way more factors than Vitality (160). It’s laborious to see a state of affairs during which BDS doesn’t make the LEC Finals. It must contain the likes of Excel, Fnatic, Heretics, and SK Gaming operating the highest of the desk.
Current Total: 30
Like Fnatic, Heretics went from backside three finishes to the most effective groups within the Summer. Unfortunately, that makes their journey to the LEC Finals extremely tough. Heretics should end no less than third to surpass the factors whole of Team Vitality. However, within the state of affairs during which Excel finishes third and SK Gaming finishes eighth, a fourth-place end could possibly be sufficient to complete sixth. However, it will depend upon the remainder of the desk. In brief, Heretics have the very same win situation as Fnatic does.
Current Total: 137
Team Vitality could also be in essentially the most fascinating place of all LEC groups. They are nonetheless in competition for a LEC Finals slot, regardless of ending tenth within the Summer cut up. They have concluded their season with 137 factors. As you understand from this text, that’s the baseline I’ve been utilizing to mark all different groups. In brief, Vitality wants as many groups at the moment under them to have early exits from the playoffs. However, we’ll as soon as once more remind ourselves of basically what Vitality wants from every staff at the moment trailing them:
- SK Gaming wants to complete Seventh or decrease
- Fnatic wants to complete 4th or decrease
- Team Heretics wants to complete 4th or decrease
- Excel Esports wants to complete third or decrease
Now, it’s value mentioning, as a result of we’re not painstakingly charting out all 64 (?) potential playoff permutations, there’s doubtless a state of affairs I’ve not coated. However, that is essentially the most easy approach to clarify what’s at stake over the subsequent few weeks within the LEC.