Sep 6 2016 - 12:46 am

Cloud9 secure spot at Worlds with win over Immortals

Cloud9 have completed their run through the North American gauntlet, defeating Immortals in a convincing 3-1 victory and qualifying for the League World Championship
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Cloud9 have completed their run through the North American gauntlet, defeating Immortals in a convincing 3-1 victory and qualifying for the League World Championship.

It was the second time in a month that Cloud9 took down the regular split second-place finishers. The confrontation in the gauntlet between the two rivals, however, proved to be a more one-sided affair.

Since the conclusion of the latest North American LCS playoffs, Cloud9 has looked like the second-strongest team in the North American region, something the squad proved throughout its run in the gauntlet.

Starting out in the bracket’s second round, the team defeated EnVyUs in a decisive 3-0 sweep, and while the confrontation against Immortals didn’t conclude as quickly, it seemed as if Cloud9 had the series under control. Still, after Immortals found themselves with their backs against the wall and staring down a 0-2 score deficit, the statistically best team in the league succeeded in claiming a victory of their own.

This was not enough for Immortals to stage a comeback, however, and in the fourth game Cloud9 once again outclassed their opponents—securing yet another trip to the League World Championship. Cloud9 will join Team SoloMid and Counter Logic Gaming as North America’s representatives in the tournament.

The League World Championship will begin on Sept. 29 in San Francisco at the Graham Civic Auditorium.

Jan 17 2017 - 10:33 pm

These are the first four teams confirmed for the IEM World Championship

Eight teams will be competing at one of the largest international League of Legends events.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Half of the teams slated to compete at one of League of Legend's largest international events in 2017 have been announced.

The IEM World Championship will once conclude at IEM Katowice in Poland in March after roughly four months worth of competiton across three international events. Eight teams in total will be attending the event. Earlier today ESL revealed the first half that are slated to compete at the event.

The first four teams that will attend are Europe's H2K and Unicorns of Love, North Americans Cloud9 and lastly the Eastern European M19 squad, which was formerly known as Albus NoX Luna.

A majority of teams attending the event have been invited based off of their performance in the 2016 League World Championship. Additionally the victors at IEM's events in Oakland and Gyeonggi, which were won by Unicorns of Love and Samsung Galaxy respectively.

Reigning world champions SKT T1 and Chinese supersquad EDward Gaming have also secured invites to the event after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship, but have not confirmed their participation yet.

Eight teams will be competing at the event in total, though the final contestants are yet to be decided. None of the competitors representing the East Asian League Master Series were able to advance from the group stage. They also failed to qualify through IEM Oakland or Gyeonggi.

The IEM World Championship will take place from Feb. 22 to 26.

Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.