Each series in the Playoffs will be a Best of 5. The top team from each group, Fnatic from Group A and H2K from Group B, will go directly to the Semifinals. The two teams that lose in the Semifinals will fight for Third Place, while the winners will compete in the Finals for the title of Summer Split Champion.
In the event that both winning teams in the Quarterfinals represent the same group (i.e MSF and G2 from Group A) the Semifinals bracket will be re-seeded based on the final standings from the regular season, so that the third seed from said group, will face the highest seed from their own group. Basically, if one team from each group makes it to Semifinals, the teams will be matched with opponents that have not been in the same group.
The Quarterfinals will be played on August 19th and 20th, and the Semifinals will be on the 26th and 27th. The third place deciding match, as well as the Summer Split Finals, will both take place in Paris, France at the AccorHotels Arena on September 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Who is playing?
Five time European champions Fnatic shook off the cobwebs from Spring and showed up in a big way during the Summer Split. This is their tenth Playoffs appearance, and this time they appear stronger than ever. Fnatic aren’t just a team with oddball picks like Kayn mid or Kennen ADC, since Rift Rivals they’ve been dictating the meta and have fixed the weakness in their old playstyle that was exposed. Have the “Old Kings of Europe” finally found what they need to reclaim their crown, or will the road back to the top have some unexpected speed bumps in the Playoffs?
For the past three splits the EU LCS has been under the reign of the “New Kings of Europe”, G2 Esports. They’ve emerged as champions in every split they’ve played in the league, and were one of three teams to represent Europe at the 2016 World Championships. Despite an impressive second place finish at the Midseason Invitational after a 3-1 series against SKT, G2 had a rough start to the Summer Split with losses to Fnatic and Misfits. Since then they’ve pulled together, and everyone has been proclaiming that G2 are back.
Fourth place finalists from Spring, Misfits Gaming have qualified for Playoffs in both of the splits they’ve participated in the EU LCS. The addition of their jungler Maxlore didn’t quite have the result they expected, and though the squad looks strong they continue to fall into the same pitfalls from Spring. Misfits’ one year plan to get to Worlds is still a possibility, but it’s going to be a difficult road through the Playoffs and they’ll have to rely on their veteran midlaner Power of Evil to lead the way.
A team that’s been to the World Championships twice, H2K looked dominant in the Summer Split. Contending for the top spot in Group B for the second split in a row, H2K have unfortunately had a habit of underperforming in Playoffs. This time around looks to be different, however, as the team has found the much needed synergy they’ve lacked in the past, as well as personal improvements by each member of the squad. With the possibility of a third consecutive Worlds appearance, H2K will be looking to cement themselves as one of Europe’s best teams internationally.
Unicorns of Love
2017 has been the best year for the Unicorns of Love in history. After finishing second place in Spring Split and making it to the finals of Rift Rivals, the Unicorns are in a prime position to make it to Worlds for the first time. While they’ve had some struggles with careless mistakes in the early game, the Unicorns have always been able to fall back on their strong late game and team fighting to get the job done. You never know what to expect from the Unicorns of Love in Playoffs, and this just might be the time their magic pulls through for them
The Splyce boys once again had a Summer Split surge and looked to be a contender against H2K and the Unicorns of Love at the top of Group B. But a change in coaching staff and underperforming in key matches puts Splyce in a difficult position, having to face the second seeded team from Group A. This time last year Splyce were preparing for the Summer Finals, and though they lost to G2 Esports they went on to represent Europe at the World Championships. It’ll take a mammoth performance out of the boys in yellow to make it back to the World Championship stage