The 2021 LEC Spring Playoffs opened with a pair of exciting series in round 1 this weekend! The matches took a variety of turns as we saw unexpected picks, missed smites and pentakills from Noxus. Before proceeding with the results of this first round of the LEC Playoffs let’s look at the format of this stage of the competition.
LEC Playoffs Format
The playoffs bracket is a double-elimination bracket in which every team will face the opponent in a best of five series. In the winner’s bracket: the top two teams from the regular season will face either the third-best or fourth-best team. In the losers bracket, the last team in the regular season will face the fifth-best team, whoever loses in this bracket will leave the competition.
This weekend the first games of the playoffs took place, let’s see who survived the first round and who will have to climb up from the lower bracket to reach the final.
Fnatic vs SK Gaming
The first match of the weekend sees fifth-place Fnatic against sixth-place SK Gaming. While SK Gaming probably finished in a position most would have expected, it was strange seeing Fnatic in the lower bracket.
With this being the low bracket, the loser of this series will already go home. All the matches were hard-fought, but the steady lead gained by Fnatic over the course of the minutes led to the inevitable defeat and exit from the competition of Schalke 04.
G2 vs Schalke04
G2 Esports fought hard against Schalke 04 to end the series with a breathtaking finish in Game Five in the LEC Spring Split playoffs but still was not enough to take down the reigning champions.
This match ended as an unexpectedly tense five-game series. G2 ultimately pulled off the victory with an unkillable team composition in game five, as they drafted Seraphine for Rekkles. However Schalke 04 proved they’re a force to be reckoned with and must not be underestimated, otherwise, they might still be playing the notes of silver scrapes, and who knows if next time it won’t be Schalke’s name that accompanies the Victory sign.
Rogue vs MAD Lions
This weekend’s closest series ended up as one of the quickest with game four being the unexpected result no one saw coming! There was a high chance that whoever took this best-of-five will be the team facing off against G2 in the 2021 LEC Spring Split finals.
After a shaky regular season, MAD Lions looked and performed great against Rogue: after the loss of the first game they picked up the pace and stepped up their performance as an opportunity to show their 2021 roster changes levelled up the lineup. With this more than deserved victory, MAD Lions will move on in the upper bracket to face G2, with the winner moving onto the finals undefeated.
LEC Playoffs: Next Round
In the next round, Fnatic will face off against Schalke 04 and will clash in the lower bracket, whoever wins will then face off against Rogue. The winner of that match will move on to face the loser of the upper bracket match between G2 and MAD Lions. The team left standing at the end will represent Europe at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational.
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