G2 Esports have been Europe’s top representative at the past three international tournaments.
With 90 championship points from the Spring Split, they’re poised to make another appearance at Worlds later this year. But nothing is guaranteed. After failing to secure a first round bye, G2 has some work to do in the EU LCS playoffs to ensure their spot at Worlds.
The simplest way to qualify is to win out. The team that wins the playoffs gets an automatic berth as EU’s first seed. The next team with the highest total of Championship Points from Spring and Summer will qualify as the second seed. All others will have to compete in the regional qualifier for the third seed.
Let’s take a look at how each team can avoid the qualifying tournament and ensure a Worlds seed based on Championship Points.
G2’s 90 points gets them close and their primary competition comes from Fnatic and Unicorns of Love.
- Finish second for 180 Championship Points
- Finish third for 160 Championship Points
- Finish fourth for 130 Championship Points
- Fnatic win and UOL finish fourth or lower; or
- UOL win and Fnatic finish fourth
- Finish fifth/sixth for 110 Championship Points;
- Fnatic win and Unicorns of Love finish fifth/sixth; or
- Unicorns of Love win and Fnatic finish fourth
Unicorns of Love
UOL are also in a close fight with G2 and Fnatic for that second seed. Of course, they’d like to win playoffs for the first time and finally wrest the title away from those two. But making Worlds in any way would be huge for this team that’s been so close before.
- Finish second for 160 Championship Points
- Finish third for 140 Championship Points;
- G2 win and Fnatic finish fourth; or
- Fnatic win and G2 finish fourth or below; or
- Fnatic finish fourth and G2 finish fifth/sixth
- Finish fourth for 110 Championship Points; Fnatic win, Misfits finish third or below, and G2 finish fifth/sixth
Fnatic don’t have nearly as many points saved as G2 but their floor is higher due to their first-round bye.
- Finish second for 140 Championship Points; G2 wins or finishes fourth or lower
- Finish third for 120 Championship Points;
- G2 win and UOL and Misfits finish fourth or lower; or
- UOL win, Misfits finish fourth or lower, and G2 finish fifth/sixth
Misfits will need to conjure up another surprising playoff run to guarantee a spot at Worlds. This time they’ll have to go further than the semifinals though, while getting some help from the other teams.
- Finish second for 120 Championship Points;
- G2 win and UOL finish fourth or lower; or
- UOL win, G2 finish fifth/sixth; or
- Fnatic win, UOL finish fourth or lower, and G2 finish fifth/sixth
H2k and Splyce
These two teams are on the opposite sides of the standings this split with H2K leading Group B despite a split-ending loss to UOL while Splyce limped into the playoffs. But they both need help with only 10 points coming from last split.
- Finish second for 100 Championship Points; G2 wins and Fnatic finish fourth
Be sure to tune into the EU LCS playoff semifinals on Aug. 19 to see how far these teams go!
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