Aug 21 2016 - 7:07 pm

G2 secures spot in second consecutive EU LCS grand final

The finals of the European LCS will feature the two top finishers from the regular season, as Splyce and G2 Esports have secured their spots in the grand final
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

The finals of the European LCS will feature the two top finishers from the regular season, as Splyce and G2 Esports have secured their spots in the grand final.

Fighting against Unicorns of Love, Spring Split champions G2 played a very back-and-forth series against the fan favorites. While the match ended up going in G2’s favor, ending the series 3-1, the first three games consisted of continuous teamfights between the two sides. Often times it was hard to determine who came out on top of the engagements, and after splitting the first two games, G2 overcame an incredibly even game three, pushing the team to match-point.

In sharp contrast to the earlier games of the series, the fourth and final game quickly devolved into an absolute slaughter for G2. The Spring Split champions absolutely ravaged the Unicorns of Love, with both Kim “Trick” Gang-yun and Ki “Expect” Dae-han ganking Tamás “Vizicsacsi” Kiss several times in the first ten minutes of the game.

With one of their biggest threats stalled, Unicorns of Love didn’t seem to have an answer to the massive lead established by G2 all across the map. Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen in particular snowballed out of control on Tristana, and by 25 minutes was able to challenge any player on the opposing side as G2 pushed into Unicorn’s base. The fan favorites engaged, but there was little they could do after suffering from such a poor early game and in the end we will be seeing G2 in their second consecutive EU LCS grand finals.

G2 will be facing Splyce on Aug. 28 in Krakow, Poland, which will help determining which teams will represent Europe at the League World Championship in September.

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.