League of Legends LCS

Today begins the Leauge of Legends LCS (League Championship Series) European qualifier event, and what was originally scheduled to be 16 of the top EU teams facing off against each other has turned into 15 after yesterday’s lifetime bans of two players by Riot. These 15 teams are competing for only 5 open spots in the first half of the LCS regular season, so the competition should be fierce.

The groups break down like this:

Group A
GIANTS! Gaming
Anexis eSports
Group B
Team Acer
Group C
Copenhagen Wolves

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TCM Gaming
Against All Authority

Group D

The first round will see a series of Best-of-1 matches with double elimination rules. The top two teams from each group will then move on to Satuday’s semi-final, which will be Best-of-3 single elimination. The four winners from day two will secure themselves a spot in the League of Legends LCS EU regular season, while the four losers will come back on Sunday to compete for the final spot in the regular season.

Group D will be interesting to keep an eye on. Not only is does it contain only 3 teams after the rulings handed out yesterday by Riot, but mousesports is also in that group, and they had one of their players suspended for a year just a few days ago. I don’t know if that’s supposed to be the “bad boy” group or not, but I think I’d be on my best behavior this weekend if I was a part of Group D, as they seem to have a tendency to “disappear”.

Keep in mind that this event is taking place in Europe, so those of us in the U.S. will need to be up bright and early if we want to see every match. Like 5am EST early.

The League of Legends LCS EU Qualifier will be going on all weekend long, and you can check out the main stream here.

So who are you pulling for? Let us know in the comments below!