The Road to Worlds: EU and NA Play-Off Quarter Finals

With the League of Legend’s World Championships coming ever closer, the best teams from all over the world are competing for a chance to represent their regions at the prestigious event. This weekend teams from Europe and North America took their first, and in many cases, last step towards securing their place.

H2K Gaming Vs GIANTS! Gaming (3-0)

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Ryu will be hoping he can help H2K play at worlds for the first time in their history

It’s difficult to see this series going any other way than an H2K victory, but the nature of their progression will leave many fans shocked and in awe of the team that finished third this summer. There were stages at which GIANTS! Looked totally out their depth, especially in the first game where they failed to secure a single kill. The length of the games also helps to show, at a glance, the dominance displayed by H2K, with no game lasting much more than half an hour. GIANTS! are now out of the running for a spot at worlds, as they did not manage to secure any championship points in the spring split while H2K are set to face Origen in their semi-final. The winner of this game will have a shot at automatic qualification through the play-off. H2K and Origen are both in a good position to qualify because of their performance’s this year, assuming Fnatic win their upcoming matches and defeat one of them in the final.

Make sure to watch all three games at the links below:

Game one

Game two

Game three

Unicorns of Love Vs Team ROCCAT (3-2)

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UoL Vardags proved to be crucial in their victory over ROCCAT

The second European quarter-final was a far tenser and closer affair than the first, although it seemed to be following a similar pattern to begin with. The Unicorn’s started with two adamant performances, using their superior decision-making and objective control to secure an early 2-0 lead in the best of five series. However, in the third game it seemed that an upset may have been on the cards as ROCCAT ground out a hard-fought victory, not least thanks to their latest signing Mr RalleZ who played an exceptional game on Kalista. The fourth game was almost an hour in length and was a tense affair, with both sides looking like they were going to lose at one stage or another. ROCCAT came out as the victor, but many have suggested that this was down to the Unicorn’s mistakes as opposed to a strong performance for ROCCAT.

The stage was set for a dramatic final game, and the two teams did not disappoint. After a struggle of 48 minutes, the Unicorns of Love proved that objective control and pushing towers is more important than securing kills as they defeated a stubborn ROCCAT, who at stages looked set to win the day. Steve and Jankos both put on several key plays to keep the hope of ROCCAT up, with flanks and engages keeping them ahead in kills until the game was lost. Unicorn’s can thank Vizicsacsi for much of their advantage in the game, as their top laner bravely attacked the ROCCAT base on his own to keep them from pushing too far out, and his build mix of tank and damage allowed him to secure multiple inhibitors and kills while surviving more than one member of ROCCAT for long periods. With ROCCAT’s loss, they will be unable to secure their place at worlds, while Unicorn’s of Love face the daunting task of taking down Fnatic in their semi-final.

Make sure to watch all five games at the links below:

Game one

Game two

Game three

Game four

Game five

Team Solo Mid Vs Gravity (3-1)

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Dyrus, top laner for TSM, will be looking to use his experience on the global stage once again.

 

The four teams in play for America also put on quite a show in their games. International fan favorites Team Solo Mid (TSM) managed to defeat Gravity after four games, albeit in a relatively strange fashion. A first victory, which seemed very even, for TSM gave way to the next three games being very one-sided. In match two TSM only managed two kills, while Gravity could only achieve four in-game three and two in the final game. TSM’s weak performance in their second game seemed to be a small set back and most will be expecting them to make the trip to worlds as one of NA’s representatives, while it will prove to be very challenging for Gravity to do the same. Team Solo Mid will be hoping they can replicate their success in the last two games of their quarterfinals against Team Liquid when they face them in the semi-finals.

Make sure to watch all four games at the links below:

Game one

Game two

Game three

Game four

Team Impulse Vs Dignitas (3-0)

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Team Impulse will be looking to make it to Worlds this season.

Team Impulse managed to clean sweep their opposition. However, it was not in the same fashion that H2K dispatched GIANTS! Gaming. Dignitas, led by their marksman CoreJJ, put in some brave and competent performances, but Impulse came out the victor in each of the three games. While these games lack the flare of the European games, and were far less one-sided than those played by TSM and Gravity, Impulse proved that they were a strong team that may prove to be a real contestant for a victory against CLG in their semi-final. Dignitas will not be able to qualify after their defeat.

Make sure to watch all three games at the links below:

Game one

Game two

Game three

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Hey there guys! I’m Phil and I’m a 19 year old from the lovely UK. I’ve always loved video games and can remember the first time I played Age of Empires on my mum’s laptop. This passion for gaming grew as I grew and went into overdrive when I found myself with money I could spend and my own computer and consoles. While you’ll mostly find me on the PC, either being shouted at in online games or shouting at the screen on Steam, I also have a soft spot for my Xbox One. My favorite games of all time include Crusaders Kings 2 and Thomas Was Alone.When you can find me away from gaming it was almost certainly not by choice. I’m currently still a student International Relations and Political Science. While away from keyboard I also enjoy playing football (or soccer if you prefer) and recording a podcast with some of my friends who should know better.I love keeping up to date with all the latest gaming news and I hope I can help you to do the same.I’ll see you out there!

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