Another week of playoffs lies before us, while the fans of Chinese League of Legends will get their last taste of the regular season as Week 10 of the LPL wraps up at the end of the week. Tensions are building all around the world, as some huge storylines have started to come to the fore, especially after the string of upsets that we enjoyed last week.
The first game in the pack will actually come from the LCK, as the first round of the Gauntlet begins Tuesday morning when KT Rolser takes on MVP in a match that may well be the genesis of a new powerhouse in the Korean scene. (Editor's Note: We're aware that this is being posted after the fact. Still worth checking out the VoDs!) The next round of the Gauntlet will commence on Saturday morning and pits the winner of Tuesday's matchup against Samsung Galaxy, a team that looks to be in the best form in the world at the moment.
Next up is Europe, where we'll get the privilege of seeing one of the most unexpected matchups of the season: Fnatic vs. G2 eSports. H2K were thought to be a shoo-in for the first playoff spot, but Fnatic showed them up in a fashion no one imagined possible last weekend, and now will look to do the same to G2. On the other side of the bracket, the Unicorns of Love will take the fight to the Misfits to see which of these dark horses can make their way to the finals. Whether or not they'll face G2 eSports once they get there is another question altogether.
Finally, the playoff frenzy wraps up with the NA LCS, which leads off with a game between Phoenix1 and the team that looked poised to take the title for so long, Cloud9. Whoever triumphs there will next have to face the victor between Team SoloMid, the regular season champions for yet another season, and FlyQuest, who unexpectedly vanquished Counter Logic Gaming just last week.
Which games are worth watching? Which ones are best viewed as numbers on a scoreboard? We gathered together the brightest League of Legends minds that WWG had to offer and put the question to them: What is the Match of the Week?
Matt Best, Lead On-Air Host - FlyQuest vs. Team SoloMid
- “Give me all the TSM and FlyQuest possible. After FlyQuest beat a CLG team that played down to FlyQuest after their 2-0 start, everyone’s back on the FLY bandwagon. TSM should give those bandwagoners an immediate wakeup call in what should be a 3-0 thumping (unless TSM lose game 1 like they always do).”
James Bates, League of Legends Staff Writer - Fnatic vs. G2 Esports
- "The EU LCS is the drug that I just can't stop getting hooked on. I was ready to write off the entire region earlier this season when the low level of play just proved too much to bear, but Saturday morning I was bored enough that watching the EU LCS playoffs actually made sense. At worst, I figured, I'd get a better read on how likely a H2K victory in the finals was going to be. The idea of Fnatic winning wasn't even one that I entertained, and completely dismissed once they locked in Twitch in Game One.
I've never been so happy to be utterly wrong in my life.
While I think Fnatic has an infintismal chance at beating G2, at best, I have to admit that they were a joy to watch against H2K. The fast and loose playstyle from 2015 looked to be back in force, and seeing Rekkles finally live up to the expectation that were put on him so many years ago was like watching history in the making. I may not be European, but you can bet that I'll be decked out in my Fnatic gear like the best of them come this weekend, and my only regret is that I won't be able to get my Fnatic flag signed if they somehow manage to triumph."