It’s a historic moment for Team Liquid, as they look for their fourth consecutive LCS title, a feat no other team has ever accomplished. On the other side, Cloud9 will attempt to reclaim the title for the first time since Summer 2014.
While TL might be the favorites heading into the final, they were tested more than many might have expected in their semi-final against Clutch Gaming, while on the opposite side Cloud9 dispatched Counter Logic Gaming with relative ease.
While both teams are already guaranteed a place at the World Championships, the winner will also secure the top seed from North America, and a better chance of getting a favorable group draw. The weekend will also see Clutch Gaming and CLG battling for third place.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the final matches of the LCS season.
The LCS Summer final will be streamed on the Riot Games Twitch channel and the LoLEsports YouTube channel. The Twitch stream can be found below.
The third-place decider will be played on Saturday, August 24, while the final itself will take place on Sunday, August 25. Both matches kick off at 1 PM PDT. International timings can be seen below.
|CLG vs Clutch Gaming||Saturday, August 24||1 PM||4 PM||9 PM||10 PM|
|Team Liquid vs Cloud9||Sunday, August 25||1 PM||4 PM||9 PM||10 PM|
World Championship qualification
The LCS trophy isn’t the only thing on the line in the Summer playoffs, as teams are also looking to secure their place at the World Championship.
There are three ways of reaching Worlds – winning the Summer Split outright, collecting the most championship points between the Spring and Summer playoffs, and winning the Regional Qualifier gauntlet, which will feature the four teams with the next most championship points.
In North America, most of these are already determined. No matter what happens in the final, both Team Liquid and Cloud9 will qualify, and are simply fighting for the LCS victory and the top Worlds seed.
In the Regional Qualifier, all four teams are locked in, with FlyQuest having the lowest seed, and TSM the highest seed. The third place playoff between CLG and Clutch Gaming will simply decide which team enters the gauntlet in the first round, and which skips to the second round.