After a whole season worth of heartbreak, roster changes and uncertainty we’ve seen two splits, ten teams and 101 League of Legends games. . North America finally knows who will be representing them in the 2015 World Championship and which teams survived regulation.
Right now, Counter Logic Gaming and Team SoloMid would automatically go on to worlds, while Cloud9 would win the LCS gauntlet to earn enough points, mixed with the 70 points they had from the spring split to get the 3rd seed.
The 1st seed, CLG, won in stunning fashion as they defeated Team Solomid in the NA LCS championship in Madison Square Garden. CLG, who has gained a reputation on choking on big stages went into the final as the top seed, but TSM was still heavily favored as they have been in every LCS final so far and were defending champions from the spring split.
LCS veteran and CLG AD carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, would lead his team to victory after the first game while playing Tristana. He would then go on to get the pentakill in the second game as Jinx and switch over to Ashe, who is more of an support AD, for the third game. CLG would end up sweeping TSM in the finals.
This would be Pengs first major championship after nearly playing in the pros for five years and the first NA LCS championship for CLG.
Since TSM placed 2nd, they will automatically get the 2nd seed in worlds to represent the NA league.
For the 3rd seed, the remaining teams who were not fighting to remain in the LCS, would then go on to compete for a chance at Worlds.
The Quarterfinals would be Cloud9 vs Gravity. One team who barely avoided relegation with a 7-12 record after getting to finals last split, against a team who after putting up an alright spring split and came back roaring in the summer split to post a 12-7 record.
It wasn’t looking good for Cloud9 who was 3-7 after just five weeks and had to bring the then-retired Hai Lam back to replace jungler William “Meteos” Hartman on July 3rd. They would go to post a 3-5 record, beating Team8 in a tiebreaker in order to send Team8 to regulation.
Cloud9 would end up going down by two matches and being one away from watching Worlds from their team home. Yet, they would come back and end up sweeping the next three games and defeating Gravity.
The next series would be against Team Impulse with the regular-season MVP and jungler Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae. It would be the same story, TIP would come out swinging with a 2-0 lead before being swept the next three games.
Only Team Liquid would stand in the way of a cinderella story. Unlike the other series, Cloud9 was in the full control as they would win 3-1.
Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, AD carry for Cloud9 would end up winning the MVP. Nicolaj “Incarnation” Jenson, the mid laner who came into the LCS with all eyes on him and will now step onto the world stage, a stage once denied to him. Lam will look towards winning on the biggest stage in the LCS for what could be his last time.
All personal stories that can make winning worlds seem all the better, but they’re not the only ones that will make a great story; they’re not the only ones who have something to prove.
Cloud9 will not go into the worlds as a top seed and favored team. They will instead be going in as a team who somehow squeaked by. Fans can only wait and see if the NA LCS final was the ending to this cinderella story or simply a chapter in a wonderful story.
While these three teams will now be going on and training for a much larger stage, four teams were competing for a chance to break into pros and stay in the LCS.
For those who don’t know, two teams in the LCS get regulated and then have to fight the two top teams in the challengers series, which is the league under pros. This year it would be Enemy who posted a 4-12 record in their rookie season in the pros against Team Coast who lost their spot in the pros in the spring split to Enemy, but the thing was the team’s never got a chance to see who was better. Since Team Coast had a 1-14 record in the spring, thanks to a new rule, they would be automatically regulated without ever getting the chance to defend their place in the LCS.
It’s safe to say this wasn’t the same Coast, who had set a new record for the win-loss record in the spring. They were now led by Korean jungler Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-hoon, top laner Christian “Cris” Rosales and coached by Brandon “SaintVicious” DiMarco, Coast would end up sweeping Enemy in three games and will be back in the spring split.
The other matchup would be Team8 who were defending their position in the pros against Imagine Gaming. Team8 would remain in the pros, thanks in part due to their top laner, Steven “CaliTriLolz” Kim who played in his last game. He will be returning to pharmacy school after taking a year off to play in the LCS, while his friends and teammates will go on to compete in the spring split.