League of Legends just wrapped up its spring playoffs for Season 3's League Championship Series, finding Team SoloMid reclaiming their throne as the best North American team -- for now. As the excitement at the top of the mountain dwindles, so we look to the bottom. Today marks the start of the LCS Summer Qualifier, where 12 teams battle for four spots in the summer league. Four teams go home today; who will come out on top?
Twelve teams will be participating in the LCS Summer Qualifier. Eight of the twelve, the eight who will be playing today, have qualified outside of the LCS through third-party tournaments, the League of Legends 5v5 ranked ladder and online tournaments. The four winning teams from today's matchups will go on the face the four lowest ranked LCS teams. Winners of those matches will go on to the Summer LCS and an opportunity to challenge for League of Legends Season 3 World Championships.
Without further ado, here is the schedule for today's games:
- 11:00 AM PDT - Quantic Gaming vs. Team Astral Poke - Quantic are by far the favorites of this match-up, coming in first at the Summer Promotion Qualifier event. They narrowly missed participating in the LCS after losing out to Team MRN in the spring qualifiers, an opportunity they don't intend to let pass them by again. Team Astral Poke has their work cut out for them, coming into the event after finishing fourth in the Ranked 5's Online Qualifier. However, they're here, and they'll be aiming to make the most of it.
- 2:00 PM PDT - Velocity eSports vs. The Salad Bar - Salad Bar's going to come into this match looking to capitalize early and throw Velocity's presumed advantage out the window. Velocity is considered the favorite, but with the mystery around Salad Bar's strategies and experience level, an upset could be in order.
- 5:00 PM PDT - Team Summon vs. Fidelis - Team Summon locked in their spot with a first place finish at the IPL Summer Promotion Qualifier, which puts them up at the top amongst most feared contenders. However, due to age restrictions for LCS qualifications, they've had to swap out two of their main roster players, which could spell death for their chances. Fidelis snuck into the these qualifiers upsetting quite a few widely known teams. Except them to pounce on Team Summon's new players and never slow down.
- 8:00 PM PDT - DoubleBuff vs. Azure Cats - The drama of the Summer Qualifiers is centered entirely on Azure Cats, whose star player is none other than exiled Counter Logic Gaming mid-laner BigFatLP. Should Azure Cats come out ahead on team DoubleBuff, they'll be matched up against CLG for life in the LCS -- a matchup both teams fear and anticipate. DoubleBuff says don't count us out yet, however, hoping to capitalize on the experience of their jungle player ScubaChris and mid-laner Nubbypoohbear.
Quantic vs. Astral Poke is just minutes away from starting, so check out the livestream now and expect updates on this weekend's schedule soon! Here's a link to the official League of Legends eSports page with each of the livestreams for you to choose from: LoLeSports.