MAD Lions just secured their spot in the top 4 of the LEC, and in doing so, earned their spot at the 2020 Worlds Championship!
Today began the round 2 of the LEC playoffs, kicking off with a match opposing Schalke 04 and MAD Lions. The winner would advance to the losers bracket’s quarterfinals against Rogue, while the loser would be eliminated. But most importantly, the winner would also qualify for Worlds Championship, while the loser would be prevented from getting a spot.
This year, the LMS folded. As a result of this, the two seeds that it had at Worlds were redistributed, to be reallocated to Europe and China – the two regions that showed the best recent international performances. This means that the LEC is sending four teams to the World Championship this year instead of three.
Additionally, the new LEC format makes all teams qualify through the playoffs, removing the Regional gauntlet (through which one team could qualify), and removing the qualification through Championship points.
This means that all teams winning either one match on the winners bracket or two matches on the losers bracket lock their spot to Worlds.
Today’s match was completely unpredictable. On one side is MAD Lions, the team that was at the top of the LEC up until the last week before conceding their spot to Rogue and losing the first playoffs round to G2 with a score of 1-3, a team that dominated the league for most of the split before eventually losing steam and showing cracks in their armor.
On the other side is Schalke 04, a team that started 0-8, bottom of the standings by a mile and a half, before somehow coming back from its slump and making it to playoffs off the back of a 7-game winning streak that made them have the best record in the second half of the split. They then consolidated that momentum by taking down their first playoffs opponent 3-0.
Schalke took the first game of the series, extending their win streak to 11 games… and MAD Lions put an end to their miracle run and to their dream by taking the next three games, the series, and the Worlds spot.
And with that, the four LEC teams that will play at the World Championship are MAD Lions, Fnatic, G2 Esports, and Rogue!
Until then, the playoffs action continues tomorrow and into the next week, to determine both the order of these seeds, and who will take home the European crown.