Almost every team in the EU LCS has had their share of ups and downs this Spring Split, which has made for an unpredictable and entertaining eight weeks of games.
With the final week nine matches fast approaching, the battle for playoffs is still heated as only two teams of six have currently secured their places.
The current standings
After the end of week eight’s games, the EU LCS leader board looks like this:
1st: Fnatic (12w – 4l)
2nd: Splyce (10w – 6l)
3rd: G2 Esports and Team Vitality (9w – 7l)
5th: FC Schalke 04, Giants Gaming, Misfits and ROCCAT (7w – 9l)
9th: H2k and Unicorns of Love (6w – 10l)
Fnatic have guaranteed a first place finish following a 2-0 week of wins against ROCCAT and Unicorns of Love. This means they will go straight through to the semifinals of the playoffs.
Aside from Fnatic, Splyce are the only other team to confirm their place in the playoffs, although what position they will end up in after week nine’s games is still to be determined.
As all the other EU LCS teams are so close to each other in the standings, any EU LCS team could technically qualify for a playoffs place if they do well in their week nine games. This means that anything could happen in week nine, and every single game counts more than ever.
However, whilst any team could pull enough wins out of the bag to make it to playoffs, certain teams have an easier path to get there than others.
Unicorns of Love will need to beat at least G2 Esports or Misfits to have any shot at qualification, and although it is not impossible, UOL will need to play at their very best to make their dreams a reality in the final stretch.
And even for a team as well regarded as Misfits this Spring, there are no guarantees they will find themselves a place in the top six. If they lose to ROCCAT, their hopes could be dashed.
The only teams that have some comfort over their chances for a playoffs spot are G2 Esports and Team Vitality. Although neither team had a great week eight, with G2 losing both their games and Vitality only winning one, both teams should have accumulated enough wins to claim a playoffs spot, provided they can deliver at least one win in week nine. However, as G2 is playing Vitality on day two of week nine, we already know one team will take home a loss next week. It’s survival of the fittest.
What to expect at playoffs
The top six seeded teams from the regular season of the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split will take part in single elimination best-of-five matches, with the winners advancing until there is one team left to take the throne.
The teams that ranked third through sixth in the regular season will take part in the quarterfinal matches, whilst the first and second placed teams from the regular season will advance directly to the semifinals.
The quarterfinals will begin on Friday 23rd March 2018. The finals themselves will then take place in Copenhagen over Saturday 7th April 2018 and Sunday 8th April 2018.
The winning team will then qualify for the Mid Season Invitational 2018 as Europe’s representatives.
As the EU LCS moved this season to a Bo1 format, expect changes in play styles and drafts from the EU LCS teams when they shift to Bo5 matches.
The only thing we know for sure is that week nine of the EU LCS will be unmissable! Catch the coverage of day one’s games from 6pm CET on the LoL Esports YouTube channel.
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