Everything You Need to Know About the NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs

by Matt Best

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The 2017 League of Legends NA LCS Spring Split Playoffs are fast approaching and with that, many heads are being scratched as to not only how the playoffs work but when they are! Lucky for you, with some help from lolesports, WWG has compiled everything you need to know about the playoffs in a quick and easy read.

Who's in the Playoffs?

How Many Rounds and When?

  • Quarterfinals (April 8-9)
  • Semifinals (April 15-16)
  • Finals (April 22-23)

What are the Matchups?

  • April 8 - Phoenix1 vs Dignitas
  • April 9 - Counter Logic Gaming vs FlyQuest
  • April 15 - Cloud9 vs Highest Remaining Seed
  • April 16 - Team SoloMid vs Lowest Remaining Seed
  • April 22 - 3rd Place: TBD vs TBD
  • April 23 - FINALS: TBD vs TBD

Where is it?

  • Spring Finals Weekend will be at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

What Does the Winner Get?

  • A spot at MSI 2017
  • 90 Championship Points towards the 2017 World Championship

What Are The Experts Saying?

Phoenix1 vs Dignitas

James Bates, WWG: "It's hard for me to gamble on the winner of P1 and Dignitas, mostly due to my own lack of expertise on the region. P1 is the obvious safe bet, but Dignitas have been enjoying some upward momentum, while P1 seems to have stalled out after around Week 7. I still think it's P1's game to lose, but they definitely can lose it."

Matt Hempstead, Shot Callers Esports: "P1 is trending downwards while Dignitas is riding a hot streak. If Dignitas has a chance to take down Phoenix 1 it's going to be on Chaser to hunt down those first bloods and get one of his solo laners an early advantage. For Phoenix 1, I don't think there's a chance that Shady sees anytime during playoffs. It's also likely that Meteos plays the majority if not all of the games in the jungle. Come playoffs, Arrow and Stunt will be back in form and should handle LOD and Xpecial rather easily. This one all comes down to that jungle spot. If DIG can someone get Meteos onto a meta champ like Rengar or Kha'Zix then P1 might be overthrown but I don't see it at this point."

Counter Logic Gaming vs FlyQuest

James Bates, WWG: "This is some kind of sick joke, right? The two least consistent teams in the entire league match up in the first round of playoffs? I have absolutely no idea what to expect out of this series, but I know that neither of these teams has a chance in hell of making it further in the playoffs. While this is probably the series to watch due to how insane it's going to be, it's also not going to be all that relevant in terms of who takes the title, at least in my opinion. Cue a CLG sweep all the way to the finals."

Mark Horner, Freelance Esports Expert: "Although there are clear advantages for CLG in the top lane and the bot lane, FlyQuest has a legitimate shot at pulling off the upset. It's certainly a big ask for FlyQuest to pull off the upset, but if they can get rolling in the early game, they should be able to ride Hai's decisive shot calling to some victories. The top lane matchup of Darshan vs Balls is certainly the weakest matchup on the rift for FlyQuest. I expect Darshan to smash lane against Balls, making it all the more important that Lemonnation and Altec bring their A game against Stixxay and Aphromoo. If FlyQuest is unable to win or at least hold one of the side lanes, they most likely have let Hai become too vulnerable to lead them to victory. I think FlyQuest has the guts and strategy to push this one to a full five games, and I have FlyQuest punching their ticket to the semi-finals with a game five victory!"

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By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.