This is it ladies and gentleman, the last games of the 2013 EU LCS. We’ve seen some remarkable plays (when was the last time a backdoor wasn’t called an xPeke?), once thought unviable champions become the new flavor of the month (looking at you, Nasus), and some jaw dropping throws (Baron Nashor: never again). With the World Championship right around the corner, it’s playoff time and everyone is looking to snatch the three spots to represent their region against the best squads on the planet. But first, a quick recap:
Meet Your Makers have finished dead last with 8 wins and 20 losses. Though they had a superb start, it seems that their early wins can be attributed to somewhat of a “shock factor”; having never faced their type of playstyle nor being aware of their comfort picks gave them a significant advantage over other teams who, as you can tell by Meet Your Makers’ current W:L ratio, were quick to do their homework and learned how to shut them down. The team will not be at regionals and are currently facing relegations.
SK Gaming has been in a slump for most of the split, sitting at 7th place with 13 wins and 15 losses. As the only team that has not undergone a roster change of any kind this season, the group is certainly dear to the hearts of fans worldwide. Heading into relegations, they remain hopeful to secure their spot in the Season 4 EU LCS.
On Friday, August 23, 2013 are the quarterfinals of the European Regionals. Two games will be played; the first match between the third place seed EG Raidcall against the sixth place seed Team Alternate and the second match between the fourth place seed Gambit BenQ against the fifth place seed Ninjas in Pyjamas.
On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the semifinals consist of the winner of EG Raidcall versus Team Alternate continuing on to face off against second place seed Fnatic and the winner of Gambit BenQ versus Ninjas in Pyjamas will challenge the first place seed Lemondogs.
The losers of these matches will meet for one last bout for third place, while the victors of these matches will clash for first and second place in the finals and a chance to represent Europe at the World Championship on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
The Quarterfinals Matchup
EG Raidcall vs Team Alternate
This matchup looks in favor of the newly invigorated EG Raidcall lineup, with substitute jungler Shacker and analyst nRated providing a distinct advantage, in addition to Team Alternate’s recent subpar performances. However, hope is not all lost as Team Alternate boasts a 3 wins and 1 loss record against EG Raidcall, ensuring this will definitely be one hell of a match. My personal predicted winner is EG Raidcall due to their reemergence as a force to be reckoned with the last few weeks of the EU LCS as opposed to Team Alternate’s cold streak that dropped them down to the sixth seed.
Predicted Winner: EG Raidcall
Gambit BenQ vs Ninjas in Pyjamas
A fan favorite match up for the duration of the EU LCS even when Ninjas in Pyjamas were still known as Copenhagen Wolves, we have what is probably the most difficult set to predict the victor. There is a multitude of variables at play here: Ninjas in Pyjamas’ 3 wins 1 loss record against Gambit BenQ; Ninjas in Pyjamas’ consistency troubles, at times relying too much on mid laner Bjergsen to carry; Gambit BenQ’s relatively new support player Voidle; and lastly, Gambit BenQ’s prowess at surpassing expectations during high stakes situations. My personal predicted winner is Gambit BenQ solely based on marksman player Genjas’s world renown theorycrafting capabilities and jungler Diamond’s creativity and flexibility. I’m expecting something huge out of this team to claw their way to their spot for the World Championship.
Predicted Winner: Gambit BenQ
Be sure to tune in for some guaranteed action-packed games, as we can all assume every team will be pulling out all of the stops and going all-in for a chance at the top!