Riot will broadcast the NACS qualifier finals
The June 10 broadcast will feature two separate, consecutive matches, with the third-place match running June 16. All three matches will feature full Riot broadcast shoutcasting and production and will be streamed on the company’s Twitch channel.
Riot requires each pre-qualified team to maintain three out of five of its active roster (starters and substitutes) to retain its spot in the Challenger Series. Since four pre-qualified teams (Team Coast, Winterfox, Final Five, and Team Fusion) could run afoul of this rule, it's adding an alternate third-place match. In the event that one of these teams can't field valid “three-fifths” roster, the winner of this match will take their place. All the teams have filed their proper paperwork, however, and it appears Riot views the alternate match as a simple precaution.
The first game will feature the Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin-led Misfits against MAGnetic, a team featuring former Team SoloMid Darkness players.
The second game’s participants will be announced after tonight's semifinal matches: Counter Logic Gaming Black versus MAelstrom Gaming (MAGnetic's sister team) and Odyssey Gaming versus Cloud9 Tempest.
Odyssey, formed off the backbone of a disbanded Team Fusion’s Head Coach Rohit “CurryshotGG” Nathani and support Lawrence “Trance” Amador, is a newbie on the scene. But it's got big-backing in the form of multimillionaire pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and has some serious firepower thanks to its recent acquisition of former EU LCS player Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi.
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