The regular season of the LCS is now over and the bottom three teams must face the top three teams from the Challenger Series in order to remain in the LCS or get relegated in the Season 5 Spring Promotion Tournament. This time though, teams who lose their matchup will still have a chance to get back to the LCS stage since there will be an Expansion Tournament to be held on a later date now that Riot Games have officially increased the number of teams that will play in both regions. In this tournament, all games will be played on a best of five matches and the winners will move on to LCS Season 5 | 2015.
The bottom three teams in the EU LCS are Copenhagen Wolves, Gambit Gaming, and Millenium. They will be matched against H2k, SK Prime, and Unicorns of Love. Over at the NA LCS, CLG, EG and Complexity are looking to get back to the LCS while Curse Academy, Coast, and Team8 are trying to pave their way to the big stage. Find out more about the LCS EU Spring Promotion 2015
Millenium vs Unicorns of Love (2 : 3)
(Sept 11 10:00 PDT/ 13:00 EDT/ 19:00 CEST)
Unicorns of Love are relatively new to the series but they were a powerhouse in the Challenger Series. They destroyed fan favorite Ninjas in Pyjamas where Alex Ich was playing for the team. Millenium on the other hand has one of the best laning phases in the LCS but quickly got destroyed by late game. It is now time to adjust to the meta and see where they can excel at which is at the early and mid game. Picks like Twisted Fate and Fizz should still be Kerp's ideal champions while the rest should be looking for a pick composition. This way, they can defeat UoL in true Millenium style.
Result: Unicorns of Live qualifies for LCS EU Season 5 | 2015
Complexity vs Team 8 (2 : 3)
(Sept 11 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 24:00 CEST)
This is where it gets tough for Complexity. Not only is Team8 one of the best teams to ever come out of the Challenger Series. They destoryed Curse Academy who has a roster full of former LCS players in the finals. Now, Complexity will need to upgrade their game if they want to retain their spot at the LCS stage. Hopefully, with their current roster they can change that. Complexity is such a wildcard and if they are matched against a good well-coordinated team then their fate in the LCS is up in the air. They need to find the right team composition and the synergy to make up a good strategy or else they will truly falter on stage. Hopefully, Team8 would crumble infront of the large crowd and it will be the perfect time for Complexity to strike.
Result: Team 8 qualifies for LCS EU Season 5 | 2015
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Copenhagen Wolves vs H2k (3 : 0)
(Sept 9th, 10:00 PDT/ 13:00 EDT/ 19:00 CEST)
With Copenhagen Wolves back to their old roster with Airwaks as their starting jungler, the team aims to get back to the LCS stage and this time they will be facing H2k. H2k is a relatively new team but they have already racked up a lot of wins during their time in the Challenger Series. Copenhagen Wolves has had a history with H2k in the past. They have met during Dreamhack Bucharest 2013 and ultimately H2k won in a 2-0 score. However, this was not the team that is currently playing for H2k. H2k dominated the entire Challenger Series in Europe especially during the Summer split and landed the top spot. Now, they will be facing their old rivals and will most likely get the spot from under the Wolves' noses.
Result: CW qualifies for LCS EU Season 5 | 2015
CLG vs Curse Academy (3 : 2)
(Sept 9th, 15:00 PDT/18:00 EDT/ 24:00 CEST)
CLG has received major flak for their efforts during the Playoffs. Now that the team has released MonteCristo as their coach, they are now trying their best to have an in-house coach to finally help settle the score within the team but ultimately, CLG's problems are blatantly clear. They need to allocate their resources onto other lanes rather than focus their gold onto Doublelift. This is the problem with the team eversince it had Doublelift as their star player. They need to remove him from the shotcalling spot and hand it over to Aphromoo or Link. Seraph has a problem in laning phase and it can be mediated but the gold flow towards the carry is not the solution to winning games. It was clear during the Playoffs that when Doublelift was shut down the games would not be in their favor. This is the time to allocate their resources fairly into other lanes as well particularly mid lane and top lane. With that, all lanes can have the potential to carry the game and the team would be a formidable opponent to Curse Academy.
However, Curse Academy is a band full of former LCS players like Saintvicious and Bunny FuFuu. Most of them has had experience playing against CLG in the past hence they know what their weaknesses are. This is where it all comes down to how CLG has improved over the weeks that they had their butts handed to them during the Playoffs. Have they improved or will they still continue to feed Doublelift with a golden spoon?
Result: CLG qualifies for LCS NA Season 5 | 2015
Gambit Gaming vs SK Prime (3 : 1)
(Sept 10 10:00 PDT/ 13:00 EDT/ 19:00 CEST)
Gambit Gaming suffered greatly in the second half of the season. Issues after issues regarding team synergy and their living conditions, it seemed that Gambit has finally given up. Add up to the fact that Alex Ich left the team and the team imploded. Now, the organization is trying to fix the problem and has benched Darien and Diamondprox in the later weeks of the Summer Split but there was not that much of an improvement. Darien and Diamond returned to the starting roster to finish off the split. Now, Genja and Darien are replaced by Kubon at the top and Krislund as the carry. This will help revitalize the team and see where it will take them. As for SK Gaming Prime, the team is still on the rise but nerves will most likely catch up with them the same as what happened to H2k.
Result: Gambit Gaming qualifies for LCS EU Season 5 | 2015
Evil Geniuses vs Coast (3 : 0)
(Sept 10 15:00 PDT/ 18:00 EDT/ 24:00 CEST)
The second match of the day will feature Evil Geniuses facing off with Coast. The teams have been playing against each other since the Spring split until Coast was relegated. Coast then decided to release their top and mid laner to Dignitas and they began to rebuild their structure with new and old players. Miracle and Ringer, both from the Korean Challenger ladder came on board to play for the team and are joined by Santorin as jungler, DontMashMe and Sheep at the bottom lane. DontMashMe has had history with Coast before as well. This match would most likely be an exciting one as Coast seemed to be on par with the level of Evil Geniuses gameplay. However, with only three out of the five who has experienced LAN tournaments, it will be a challenge for Coast to bring up the other players to speed especially with a bit of language barrier from the team.
Evil Geniuses however are in for a ride as they will be facing a tough team to beat. Hopefully, they have spend the entire month preparing for this match in order to retain their spot at the LCS next season. If not, they still have a chance with the Expansion Tournament but it will most likely destroy their morale. Evil Geniuses has a lot of prodigy players in them withe Altec and Pobelter but they need to step it up this time as their jobs are on the line.
Result: EG qualifies for LCS NA Season 5 | 2015
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