The League of Legends Championship Series has only been around since 2013, but it’s already become one of the biggest spectacles in E-sports. This weekend, the playoffs for the Summer Split will begin for both the European Union and the North American brackets; the EU finals will be played in Krakow, Poland, while the NA finals will take place in Toronto, leaving American soil for the first time.
Counter Logic Gaming are the defending champions, and they followed up by winning this year’s Spring Split. CLG finished fourth during the summer Round Robin at 10-8; however, they went 6-2 over the last four weeks, and will go into Monday’s quarterfinal match with Team Liquid (9-9) as –175 favorites.
When it comes to the Euro scene, nobody has done better than Fnatic, the five-time champions. But they were runners-up during the Spring Split, and they limped into the summer playoffs with a 7-6-5 record, good for fifth place in the standings. Fnatic will be –110 underdogs in Sunday’s quarterfinal versus H2k-Gaming, who also finished 7-6-5 during the Round Robin. H2k won the tie-breaker to take fourth place, after Fnatic had swept their Week 7 matchup 2-0.