At the time of this writing, the three teams that have qualified from Group A are Team Secret, LGD.Forever Young, and 2016 champions Team Liquid.
The winner of Team Secret vs. LGD will take a well-deserved spot in the semifinals, while the loser will join Team Liquid in the playoffs at the quarterfinal stage. There, they will face Invictus Gaming and Virtus Pro, who qualified behind Group B winners Evil Geniuses.
The playoffs begin June 9, with Invictus Gaming taking on the loser of Team Secret vs. LGD. The second semifinal is between Team Liquid and Virtus.pro.
The semifinals will be played on June 10 over a best-of-three format, the same as the quarterfinals. Sunday’s final will be best-of-five.
Bet365 is currently offering a host of bets on this event, including match betting on all the six games remaining in the tournament, plus match handicap bets, the winners of the first two maps, the correct map score, total maps over/under betting, and live In Play betting.
SK Telecom T1 defeated in LCK Summer Split shock
It may only be the second week of fixtures in the League of Legends Summer Splits across the globe, but there’s been a shock in the Korean tournament. Current World Champions SK Telecom T1, widely regarded as the best LoL team on the planet, have already lost one of their opening three games.
After starting the tournament as clear favourites, not only to win the LCK but also to be crowned the champions for the third year in a row, many expected SK Telecom T1 to get off to a strong start. But Samsung Galaxy had other ideas.
In their opening clash, Samsung claimed a superb win and have since gone on to beat two other top-ranked opponents in ROX Tigers and Afreeca Freecs. Now, Samsung sits atop the LCK table after three games.
After the surprise defeat, SK Telecom T1 bounced back, albeit against limited competition. They defeated bbq OLIVERS in their second game, and this week, they beat Longzhu Gaming.
So far ROX Tigers have been the split’s biggest disappointment, losing all three games so far. Right now, they’re a far cry from being SK Telecom’s biggest challengers. The biggest surprise so far has been Jin Air Green Wings and their 2-1 record.
Bet365 has plenty of action available both In Play and pre-match for the games left in Week Two. Here are the odds on forthcoming games:
- Afreeca Freecs (1/4) vs. BBQ Olivers (11/4)
- Jin Air Green Wings (9/4) vs. Longzhu Gaming (1/3)
- SK Telecom T1 (1/12) vs. Ever8 Winners (6/1)
- BBQ Olivers (11/8) vs. ROS Tigers (8/15)
- KT Rolster (1/5) vs. MVP (10/3)
Four teams remain undefeated in LoL LCS North America
After a busy first week of action that saw all 10 teams in action twice, there are still four undefeated teams in the LCS North American Championship Series.
Team Dignitas, Immortals, Counter Logic Gaming, and perhaps most surprising, Echo Fox have perfect records and all face intriguing matchups in Week Two. Rest assured they won’t all be undefeated by this time next week.
Two teams, Team EnVyUs and Team SoloMid, have a 1-1 record after their opening two games, while four teams now face the tough task of pushing themselves into contention having started 0-2.
There are 10 matches taking place June 9-11, with each team playing twice. The full list of matches (together with the odds on each team, from Bet365) are outlined below.
- Phoenix1 (5/4) vs. Cloud9 (4/7)
- Immortals (3/10) vs. Team EnVyUs (12/5)
- Echo Fox (11/8) vs. Counter Logic Gaming (8/15)
- Team Dignitas (9/4) vs. Team SoloMid (1/3)
- Team EnVyUs (4/7) vs. Team Liquid (5/4)
- Immortals (2/7) vs. FlyQuest (5/2)
- Echo Fox (7/4) vs. Cloud9 (2/5)
- Team Dignitas (4/11) vs. Team Liquid (2/1)
- Counter Logic Gaming (11/10) vs. Team SoloMid (4/6)
- Phoenix 1 (4/11) vs. FlyQuest (2/1)
What both the North American and Korean splits have shown us is that fortunes change quickly in esports. Teams are always rising and falling. It all augurs well for a fine Summer Split season, not to mention what looks like an outstanding World Championships later in the year.