The North American League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs concluded recently its time that we talk about the performance of the teams during those playoffs. First thing is first, let’s count out the two teams that didn’t manage to make it to the playoffs because they placed at the bottom of the standings and these two teams were XDG and Evil Geniuses. Each of these teams had a rough split and received multitudes of flak from the fans and now they face relegation if they do not manage to score a win in the NA LCS Promotion tournament.
Moving on to the actual playoffs, Team SoloMid and Cloud 9 both got a bye-in to the semi-finals since they were the top two teams in the standings when the split had ended so the quarter finals were Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Coast and Team Dignitas vs Curse Gaming.
The Counter Logic Gaming vs Team Coast match-up went completely as expected, CLG were by far the better team throughout the entirety of the split and they managed to take the series 2-0 in their favor without facing any actual difficulty so they moved on to the semi-finals to face Team SoloMid.
The Team Dignitas vs Curse Gaming matchup was way more of an even match-up than the previous one since both these teams are fairly similar in terms of skill. Scarra played in the mid-lane instead of goldenglue for the duration of the playoffs and it was a nail-biting series but in the end Curse Gaming managed to take home the win after beating Dignitas 2-1 in the series.
As for the semi-finals, the Counter Logic Gaming vs Team SoloMid semi-final was perhaps the most hyped up series in the playoffs since these teams have had a bit of a rivalry in their years and they both looked extremely strong throughout the split. Counter Logic Gaming won the first game had a comfortable lead in the second game but Team SoloMid managed to bring it back with a well executed team-fight followed up by a baron which secured them the win and then Team SoloMid went on to win the third game as well which secured their spot in the finals of the playoffs.
The second semi-final between Cloud 9 and Curse Gaming was more or less predictable since Cloud 9 is arguably the better team between the two and they managed to take the series with a clean sweep 2-0 to move on to the finals against Team SoloMid.
The final of the playoffs would be a best out of 5 series and judging by how well both of the finalist teams had been performing in the split it seemed like we would see all 5 games being played out but instead Cloud 9 showed some next level coordination and skill during the series and beat Team SoloMid 3-0 to win the playoffs and secure their spot in the All Stars tournament in May.
Counter Logic Gaming placed third after beating Curse Gaming 2-0 in the third place playoff with Doublelift managing to score a fountain Pentakill in the second game and Dignitas scored fifth place when they beat Team Coast in the fifth place playoffs which meant that Team Coast would also have to win in the NA LCS Promotion tournament or else they’d be relegated.