WHAT IS THE FORMAT?
The Regional Qualifiers will be played in a winner-stays-on Bo5 gauntlet format. With Misfits Gaming and G2 Esports both locked in to Worlds, the four teams with the most championship points out of the remaining EU LCS squads will enter the Regional Qualifiers. The winner of the first series - between H2K and Splyce - will move on to face the Unicorns of Love, and the winner of that series will face Fnatic. Whichever team is left standing at the end will lock themselves into the third EU slot for the World Championships.
WHO ARE THE TEAMS?
A year ago Splyce won the Regional Qualifiers and represented Europe at the World Championship 2016. The 2017 season has been a rough one for the Splyce boys, who failed to move beyond the Quarterfinals in both splits. Changes to their coaching staff throughout the Summer Split have made Splyce seem unsteady, but a five game series against G2 Esports in the Quarterfinals marks Splyce as a team dangerous to overlook. Will they be able to pull off a repeat performance of 2016 and fight their way onto another Worlds stage?
For the past two years H2K have competed in the World Championships, and even made it to the Semifinals in 2016. Though they finished the 2017 Summer Split Regular Season at the top of Group B, they lost in a 0-3 stomp to G2 Esports in the Semifinals. This seasoned squad - led by the Coach of the Summer Split, pr0lly - will have their work cut out for them if they want to go to their third Worlds. If H2k can channel some of their regular split success, with crisp strategic play early, it’s likely they’ll be on the right track towards a third World Championship attendance.
Unicorns of Love (UOL)
Although the fan favourite Unicorns of Love have made it to the Finals twice in the three years they’ve competed in the EU LCS, they have yet to make it to the World Championships. After winning IEM Oakland 2016 finishing the 2017 Spring Split in second place, many believed they’d finally found their groove and would get the chance to compete on the Worlds stage, but a loss to the Misfits in the Quarterfinals put a damper on those dreams. This split has been a tough one, with midlaner Exileh receiving a lot of attention both on and off the Rift, particularly after losing 0-3 to TSM at Rift Rivals. Will the Unicorns have enough magic left in the tank to see them through the Regional Qualifiers and safely to China?
Dubbed “the Old Kings of Europe” by the community, Fnatic have won five EU LCS splits and the Season One World Championships, and have competed in the World Championships another three times. The legendary squad had been struggling since losing their all-star 2015 lineup, but finally looked to have stabilized this year, bringing back Fnatic favorite sOAZ alongside rookies Broxah and Caps. A dominant performance in the regular split seemed to have all but guaranteed Fnatic a ticket to another Worlds, but a shock 1-3 loss to Misfits in the Semi Finals has rocked their chances, leaving them as the final boss of the gauntlet.
HOW CAN I WATCH?
The Regional Qualifiers will be broadcast on September 8th through to 10th at 17:00 CEST each day. It will be available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Hungarian and Serbian on watch.lolesports.com
Tickets to see the action live at our studio in Berlin are available here.
THE REGIONAL QUALIFIERS WILL KICK OFF ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT 17:00 CEST WHEN H2K FACE SPLYCE. WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE THIRD TEAM TO REPRESENT EUROPE AT WORLDS? LET US KNOW BELOW!
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