The excitement and emotion of the League of Legends Worlds kept the fans of the popular multiplayer online battle arena game at the edge of their seats for a month. FunPlus Phoenix have emerged victorious after outshining the favorites G2 Esports in front of all their supporters in Paris.
While the best teams in the world take a break from competitive League of Legends, the top Spanish squads are back into the fray. They compete in the Iberian Cup and this week, they will try to book a seat in the quarterfinals.
Iberian Cup 2019 Format and Prizes
This Spanish competition brings together 16 teams, including all the 10 squad that have participated in the LVP SLO 2019 Summer competition. They are joined by four teams from the LPLOL 2019 Summer and two qualifiers, while being split into four identical groups. The manner in which they’re grouped depends on their seeding and it’s not possible for Academy teams to feature in the same group as the main squad.
The group stage matches have already started and they are played in a best of one format, with the top two teams advancing to the playoffs. So far all the favorites have consolidated their position at the top of the standings, with LVP SLO 2019 Summer teams dominating the group stage. Those who advance to the quarterfinals will play in best-of-three series, while the semi finals and finals are best of five games.
The prize pool on the tournament, as well as the money distribution is yet to be announced by the hosts.
A Chance for Academy Teams to Shine
Four teams have emerged as League of Legends Iberian Cup favorites, after winning all the games played in the group stage. G2 Heretics, Vodafone Giants, S2V Esports and MAD Lions are certain to play in the quarterfinals, but the second places are up for contention. Academy teams are presented with an excellent opportunity to compete among themselves, but also the top teams from the LVP.
The Vodafone Giants Academy is one of the brightest young teams in the competition, having already won a match in Group B. They were pit against tough opponents and are not yet out of the woods, but have a decent chance at securing passage to the playoffs.
Hexagon Esports were unlucky to be assigned to Group D, the most difficult of all the groups at the Iberian Cup. They will play here against three teams from the LVP and there’s a good chance for them to leave empty-handed once the group stage ends.
There is also tremendous competition among some of the professional Spanish League of Legends teams. In the aforementioned Group D, MAD Lions tower above the competition with two victories, but Penguins and Origen BCN are chasing an elusive second place. Two LVP teams are also struggling in Group C, where Team Queso and x6tence will play the decisive match this week.
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