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Mar 27, 2019
Mar 27, 2019

LoL - LCS and LEC power rankings - Playoffs March 25

What are the League of Legends LEC and LCS?

LEC: Playoffs

LCS: Week 8

Next weeks LEC and LCS matches

LoL - LCS and LEC power rankings - Playoffs March 25

What are the League of Legends LEC and LCS?

The League of Legends European Championship and the League of Legends Championship Series are the game’s European and North American domestic leagues.

Each league features 10 teams and is played over two “Splits” (Spring and Summer). At the end of each Split, the top six teams qualify for the Playoffs which decide the eventual champion. The champions of each league will qualify for international competitions such as the Mid Season Invitational and the biggest of them all, the World Championships.

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LEC: Playoffs

LEC power rankings: Playoffs

     Position     

         Teams          

      Odds       

1

Fnatic

1.31*

2

G2 Esports

1.40*

3

Origen

2.98*

4

Splyce

1.47*

5

SK Gaming 

2.70*

6

Vitality

3.45*

After a week break in Europe, the first ever LEC Playoffs are ready to kick off and all eyes will be on Fnatic who have completed a full 180 in form. The reigning EU champions got their LEC campaign off to an awful start and didn’t find a win until the third game week.

Fnatic (1.31*) was, at one point, joint-bottom of the league but after a miraculous recovery, the team rose from the ashes and secured third place in the league. Had they recovered slightly sooner, we probably would’ve seen them in the top two and a guaranteed place in Rotterdam.

Instead, Fnatic will have to play multiple best of five series to reach the final but it shouldn’t be a problem for their roster who are the most inform teams in the league and despite their place, are one of the favourites for the title.

After finishing third, Fnatic could choose their opponent between fifth and sixth place and opted for Team Vitality (3.45*) before Schalke and SK Gaming (2.70*) even played their tiebreaker match. For the majority of the season, Vitality sat in second place and looked a shoo-in for the top three. Yet, the team capitulated towards the end of the season, losing to Excel before SK also defeated them in the fastest game of the season.

With Fnatic’s recent rise and Vitality’s recent fall, that match seems like an easy one to predict but after a week of training and in a best of five, you can never be sure what will happen.

The other opening round game is harder to call as Splyce (1.47*) and SK Gaming have both looked great in recent weeks. Splyce picked up the slack towards the end of the season though not even they could stop Fnatic’s reign of terror. Meanwhile, SK pulled out sensational performances against Vitality and Schalke (the two teams who were originally fighting for second place) to earn their playoffs spot. Still, with less experience on their side, there’s certainly a chance that SK will crumble under the pressure. That or Splyce’s proficiency in the late game will be too much for them to handle.

The other opening round game is harder to call as Splyce and SK Gaming have both looked great in recent weeks. Splyce picked up the slack towards the end of the season though not even they could stop Fnatic’s reign of terror.

That leaves the top two, G2 (1.40*) and Origen (2.98*), who will clash in the second round of playoffs. G2 secured first place but following an injury to support Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle and a reduced practice schedule to avoid burnout - the team looked far from their best.

Meanwhile, Origen started the season slow but finished strong and should not be overlooked in this title race. Their roster is packed with experience as well as the raw talent of Barney “Alphari” Morris and Patrik “Patrik” Jiru which fits into one cohesive unit.

G2 have looked at their most vulnerable in recent weeks, providing Origen with a massive opportunity. Yet, G2 still has an immense amount of individual talent on their roster and the extra week will have allowed the team some time to build up synergy with their substitute support Hampus “Promisq” Abrahamsson.

LEC: Looking forward to the week ahead

The LEC features a brand new playoff format which replaces the lacklustre third-place games with a much more exciting prospect.

The LEC features a brand new playoff format which replaces the lacklustre third-place games with a much more exciting prospect.

Now, the top two LEC teams (G2 and Origen) will face off in the semi-finals with the winner going straight through to the final. However, the loser won’t be out yet as they will be put into a match just one day before the final against the other team that has won its knockout rounds.

For now, Fnatic will be dead favourites to be the team that takes on the loser between G2 and Origen and if they do so, they will have momentum on their side. Though on the other hand, the first team to make into the final will have a bit longer to prepare, giving them a slight advantage.

The new format is extremely promising and with no clear favourite in Europe at the moment, the LEC playoffs should be a treat for all League of Legends fans.

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LCS: Week 8

LCS power rankings: Week 8

    Position     

    Teams    

      Odds       

1

Team Liquid

*

2

Cloud9

*

3

   Team SoloMid (TSM)   

*

4

FlyQuest

*

5

Golden Guardians

*

6

Echo Fox

*

Across the pond, the LCS has also concluded its regular season with the playoff teams ready to compete for the title. Team Liquid finished top once again and will be heavy favourites going into the playoffs.

However, the reigning champions took their foot off the pedal in recent weeks, losing their last few games to FlyQuest, Echo Fox and Team SoloMid. TSM themselves were the only team to the double over the league leaders and could have Liquid’s number when the playoffs come. Liquid will be sweating slightly knowing that their playoffs of opponent will be one of the two teams that defeated them in the final week of the regular season.

FlyQuest’s tiebreaker win over Golden Guardians does mean they’ll have side selection in the rematch but more importantly, the slight mental edge - especially considering they won with substitute jungler Maxi.

And also posing a huge threat to Liquid’s title bid is Cloud9 who’s 10-man roster makes them perfectly suited to best of fives. C9 prepared for this by subbing in Robert “Blaber” Huang and Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer in recent weeks - that adaptability and sense of unpredictability will be crucial.

And finally, there’s Golden Guardians and FlyQuest who faced off in a tiebreaker match to decide who would take fourth place. FlyQuest came out on top and as a result, get all important side selection when these two rematch in the first round of the playoffs.

What to expect from the next week of LCS matches

FlyQuest’s tiebreaker win over Golden Guardians does mean they’ll have side selection in the rematch but more importantly, the slight mental edge - especially considering they won with substitute jungler Magnus “Maxi” Kristensen.

The winner of that game will then go on to face Cloud9 who will be favourites either way. Meanwhile, TSM should be able to take down Echo Fox and won’t be scared at the prospect of facing Team Liquid.

This Split, the LCS will feature the traditional format meaning no team will be given a second chance. You lose, you’re out. Liquid and C9 have byes into the semi-finals but will still have earn their place in the final.

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About the author

Jack Stewart

With a sports journalism background, Jack began his esports career a couple of years ago when he became the first full-time esports journalist at a British newspaper. He has followed League of Legends religiously over the last few years and now shares his expert knowledge with Pinnacle

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