The LCS is not over yet, with four teams fighting to become the winner of the regional qualifiers. This team earns qualification to the League of Legends World Championship as the third seed. The third seed will have to participate in the Play-in stage of the competition.
The League of Legends World Championship is just around the corner. The best teams in the world will battle it out across the European region in an attempt to become the best in the world. For North America, Worlds has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. For the last four years, the North American first seed has not advanced from the group stage. Cloud9 has been the only discrepancy, advancing to the quarter-finals on multiple occasions – even making it to the semi’s in 2018.
Cloud9 has been the only team to win the regional qualifier since it’s inception in the summer of 2015. Fans will witness a new champion this year. Since the introduction of the regional qualifier, only the winner has advanced to the quarter-finals. Four teams will be hoping to keep that legacy alive, with only one making their way to the biggest tournament of the year.
Here are the four teams looking to make their way to the World Championship:
First Round – Flyquest
Flyquest is a team that had promise as they rolled into the summer split. After finishing fourth place in the Spring split, expectations were high for Flyquest to challenge again. To the disappointment of their fans, Flyquest were not able to replicate their form, finishing ninth. Flyquest have had more than a month to come up with a gameplan that could throw off their opponents. Flyquest will have their work cut out for them as they start in the first round of the gauntlet against Clutch Gaming.
First Round – Clutch Gaming
Clutch surprised the region as they battled their way into playoffs. Across the board, Clutch Gaming was confident about their chances heading into the playoffs. To some it was considered a shock, to Clutch Gaming it was an expectation to take down TSM. Across the map CG thought they were better, they proved just that. They took down TSM in emphatic fashion. The more surprising result for Clutch was that they were able to take the three-time champion Team Liquid to five games. Clutch is considered one of the favorites going into the Gauntlet, this would be Huni’s first appearance at Worlds since his defeat in the finals.
Round 2 – Counter Logic Gaming
CLG fans were rewarded for their patience as they returned to the finals weekend for the first time in almost three years. Small changes to the roster and CLG have been soaring, finishing third overall.Their changes in playstyle became noticeable with the addition of Ruin, Ruin has never been the flashiest of players, but what he makes up for is excellent laning and knowledge to make any matchup work.
Final Boss – Team Solo Mid
Despite all of their problems, TSM are just one best of five victories away from reaching the World Championship. Plagued with problems, TSM have a roster that has struggled to maintain a starting jungler. Only for them to make a controversial decision by subbing in Spica as their jungler, without any substitutes for the playoffs. TSM have had close to a month to prepare for the gauntlet. A roster that boasts the talent that TSM has will always be a scary opposition. The question is can they overcome their problems in time?
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