Summer Promotions, IWCI, and MSI teams, oh my! An eventful week in this edition of This Week in eSports!
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Continue reading for the results of the NA/EU LCS Summer Promotion tournaments, International Wildcard Invitational results, info on the Mid-Season Invitational teams, and more!
Current Standings:As always, we're going to take a look at the results from the various regional leagues! The brackets and standings below are up to date as of Sunday, April 26th and as always, VODs can be found here.
- The 2015 Summer Promotion Tournament of the NA LCS concluded this weekend!
- TDK beat Winterfox with a record of 3 - 1, claiming a spot in the NA LCS, meaning Winterfox has been relegated.
- Team Dignitas beat Team Fusion with a record of 3 - 2, keeping their spot in the NA LCS.
- Here are the 10 teams to compete in the 2015 NA LCS Summer Split:
- The 2015 Summer Promotion Tournament of the EU LCS also concluded this weekend.
- ROCCAT beat CWA with a record of 3 - 0, keeping their spot in the EU LCS!
- Giants Gaming beat Reason Gaming with a record of 3 - 1, also keeping their spot in the EU LCS!
- Here are the 10 teams to compete in the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split:
- The LCK Spring Playoffs are still in progress. Earlier this week, SKT T1 took out CJ Entus and will be facing GE Tigers on Saturday, May 2nd in the Finals!
- The winner of the Final stage will also be invited to the Mid-Season Invitational in early May.
- VODs for SKT T1 vs CJ Entus can be found here. As per the league's rules, game game five was a Blind Pick!
- The LPL Spring Playoffs Finals concluded this week when EDward Gaming beat LDG Gaming with a record of 3 - 2.
- For placing first, EDward Gaming will go on to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational in early May.
International Wild Card InvitationalInternational Wild Card Invitational took place this last week, with Turkey's Beşiktaş e-Sports Club taking first and qualifying for the Mid-Season Invitational!
Here's a rundown of what happened during the 5 day event:
- Days 1-3 consisted of the Group Stage in a Round Robin format. After 21 Best of One games, the top four teams moved on to the Bracket Stage.
- Day 4, Semifinals were held on featuring the top four teams, Bangkok Titans, Hard Random, INTZ e-Sports, and Beşiktaş e-Sports Club.
- Day 5 consisted of Finals between Beşiktaş e-Sports Club and INTZ e-Sports. BJK came out on top with a record of 3-1, earning themselves an invite to MSI in early May.
Here's a quick reminder of the seven teams that participated:
- Turkey - Beşiktaş e-Sports Club
- CIS - Hard Random
- Oceania - The Chiefs eSports Club
- Japan - DetonatioN Focus Me
- Brazil - INTZ e-Sports
- Latin America - Kaos Latin Gamers
- GPL - Bangkok Titans
- Fnatic ( EU LCS )
- Team Solomid ( NA LCS )
- ahq e-Sports Club ( LMS )
- EDward Gaming ( LPL )
- Beşiktaş e-Sports Club ( International Wild Card Invitational Winner )
- To be determined ( South Korea / LCK )
Remember that Riot will be offering limited-time deals to celebrate MSI 2015! This includes Summoner Icons, Skin/Champion Bundles, 2 for 1 Rune Pages (IP & RP), Boost sales, and Summoner name change sales!
- Cloud9's mid laner Hai will be stepping down effective immediately for various reasons.
- Although Hai will not be on the player roster, "Hai will continue to play a significant role in the Cloud9 organization and stay heavily focused on the League of Legends space along with all the other growing eSports scenes."
- Gambit Gaming has decided to terminate the contract with their Head Coach, Jordan "Leviathan" Thwaites following their performance in the playoffs. The team has begun searching for a new Head Coach, making it their goal primary during the mid-season.
- Fnatic has once again partnered with Twitch, meaning players will now be streaming on the platform.
- "With Twitch, Fnatic is promising our fans and spectators world-wide a lot of exciting stream content and an opportunity to watch and support our players beyond the tournaments."
- Riot Nick Allen has provided a rundown on important policies that will impact the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational, including prizing information, substitute rules, and much more. The complete and official rule set can be found here.
- Riot Nick Allen also commented on a situation with players having their phones during the finals of the IWCI and apologized for lack of distinct ruleset being made public for the event.