Sep 3 2016 - 9:52 pm

Unicorns of Love and EnVyUs survive first day of regional qualifier gauntlets

Two teams took one step closer to securing a berth in the League of Legends World Championships, winning out in the first stage of the regional qualifying gauntlet in decisive fashion
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Two teams took one step closer to securing a berth in the League of Legends World Championships, winning out in the first stage of the regional qualifying gauntlet in decisive fashion.

In the EU LCS, fan favorites Unicorns of Love demolished the seemingly disinterested Giants Gaming in three straight games. Unicorn’s midlaner Fabian "Exileh" Schubert showed up in a big way throughout the best-of-five series, netting the most kills for the entire series. On the opposite end Giants’ Na "NighT" Gun-woo, who received the “outstanding rookie” for his performance in the Summer Split, ended the series in a dire state showcasing little of the abilities that’s come to be expected of the South Korean midlaner.

With their decisive victory the Unicorns of Love will be taking on Fnatic in the second stage of the european regionals.

On the other side of the atlantic EnVyUs brushed past Team Liquid in another three-game series. While the first game of the best-of-five encounter looked to go in the favor of Team Liquid, EnVyUs stalled their opponent long enough for Shin "Seraph" Woo-yeong’s toplane Kassadin to reach critical mass. After a series of decisive teamfight victories EnVyUs came back from a 8000 gold deficit. While the game ended in a loss for Team Liquid, the performance of the team’s new jungler Lyonel “Arcsecond” Pfaender in the early game looked extremely promising and signals a bright future for the 22-year old.
The remaining games of the series, however, showed a Team Liquid which offered little resistance to the EnVyUs side. Whether it be the frequent roster changes or a case of EnVyUs stepping up to the plate, the only thing that’s certain is that Team Liquid is out of chances of making it to the 2016 League World Championship.

Tomorrow’s regional qualifier broadcast begins with Unicorns of Love against Fnatic, followed by EnVyUs facing Cloud9 .

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.