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.
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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.