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Week 1 (4th Feb - 10rd Feb)
Europe LCS Week One Matchup Previews
SK Gaming vs. Fnatic
SK Gaming and Fnatic will star in the flagship match of the much-anticipated European League Championship Series at 18:00 CEST on February 9th. These longtime rivals qualified for the LCS as a result of their superior Season 2 performances, which means that both teams are equally experienced at handling the pressures of professional competitions. SK and Fnatic tend to favor daring playstyles. On any given day, a matchup between them could go either way.
Their most recent exchange at IEM Katowice illustrates this tension perfectly. xPeke single-handedly reversed Fnatic’s fortunes in their day two best of one match against SK by attempting the LoL equivalent of a Hail Mary: he went all-in with a desperate backdoor counter, while SK Gaming raced toward Fnatic’s base. His unexpected tactics chipped away at SK’s Nexus and confidence. With the memory of this dramatic episode still fresh, SK will look for revenge in Saturday’s encounter while Fnatic will try to prevent SK from taking away their initiative.
- For full information about the Season 3 European Championship Series, Click Here
(7th February 2013)
Introducing The LCS
The Spring Season League of Legends Championship Series Format
The opening week of the Season 3 League of Legends Championship Series is finally upon us. February 7th and 8th marks the start of the North American Spring Season. The European Season opens on February 9th and 10th.
The North American and European League of Legends Spring Seasons consist of eight teams competing in each region. Three of the teams qualified through the Season 2 Regional qualifier, and five qualified through the spring qualifier tournament.
The League Championship Series is a 10-week round robin in which the teams will play a total of 28 games each. This includes four single-game matches against each of the other seven teams in their division during the Spring Season. Every week the North American region will play its games on Thursdays and Fridays while the European region will play theirs on Saturdays and Sundays.
- For full information about the Season 3 North American Championship Series, Click Here, and for ful information about the Season 3 European Championship Series, Click Here.
(6th February 2013)
Week 0 (28th Jan - 3rd Feb)
North America LCS Week One Matchup Previews
Riot launched their beautiful official site for the Season 3 LCS, and the schedule maker certainly wanted to start things off with a bang. We are in for a treat as both Europe and North America will see some of their most-storied teams clash in the opening week of the LCS.
There will be 28 matches in just 10 weeks. Each match is a best of one with points at stake for each game, and every team plays each other four times in the LCS. Anything can happen in one game matches; expect upsets, innovation and failures to happen each week as times rise and fall in the LCS. We're going to take a look at North America's week one marquee matches and see what's at stake for the top four teams as they clash on February 7th and 8th.
- For full information about the Season 3 North American Championship Series, Click Here
(1st February 2013)
LCS Qualifier(7th Jan - 13th Jan)
Season 3 North American Offline Qualifier Team Preview
The Ranked 5v5 Online Qualifier wound down on January fifth, ending the three preliminary brackets leading up to the Season 3 North American Offline Qualifier. Fans from seasons one and two will undoubtedly recognize a smattering of the sixteen teams that made it to this stage. Curse and Team FeaR both earned their slots in the Season 2 North American Regional Finals. Meat Playground fought their way through IGN ProLeague Season 5. Dirt Nap Gaming and Good Game University (members of the defunct Team Dynamic) took their spots during the IPL Online Qualifier. The MLG Online Qualifier and the Ranked 5v5 Online Qualifier each contributed a top tier team to the bracket: MLG offered Cloud 9 (the third iteration of Orbit Gaming) and 5v5 brought Epik Gamer, a staple in the League of Legends world since season one.
As with any good batch of online qualifiers, fans were also shown a host of teams new to the competitive circuit. Some were crafted for professional gaming while others are here to challenge themselves and to improve their game. You've been shown the teams. This is your introduction to them.
- For full information about the Season 3 North American Offline Qualifiers, Click Here
(11th January 2013)