2014 EU Challenger Series

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2014 EU Challenger Series
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League Information
Organizer: Riot Games
Server: Europe
Event Type: Online/Offline
Country: Germany Germany
Location: MMC Studios
Am Coloneum 1
Studio 35
50829 Cologne
Prize pool: $ 79,000
Start Date: 2014-01-16
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The 2014 EU Challenger Series is the first Challenger Series run by Riot Games.

Overview

The Challenger Series is a talent building league and a direct bridge into the LCS. Twenty teams from the Ranked 5s Ladder will be placed into five brackets of four, where the top five teams will be placed into Challenger Series #1. The teams will then play in a single elimination bracket; the top three teams from this bracket will advance into Challenger Series #2, where they will be joined by another five teams from another twenty team qualifier identical to the one for Challenger Series #1.

Teams earn points from finishes in each Challenger Series. The top six teams with the most points will compete against each other, where the top three will earn a spot in the next LCS Promotion Tournament.

The Challenger Series will air following each LCS broadcast on Thursday and Friday.

Format

The Challenger Series runs alongside the LCS for the entire 2014 season, with the Promotion Tournament serving as the window between both leagues. To participate in the Challenger Series, teams must first prove their worth by being one of the top 20 eligible teams on the Ranked 5s Team Ladder before the ladder freeze date. For each regular LCS split, there will be two Challenger Series that feeds top teams into the Challenger Playoffs based on cumulative points over both series. The Challenger Playoffs will crown that split’s champion and also promote three teams into the Promotion Tournament for their shot into the LCS.

  • Play-In 1

The top 20 teams from the Ranked 5s Ladder are split into five brackets of four. Each bracket plays down to one winner in a best-of-one series. One team from each bracket, a total of five, advances into Challenger Series 1.

  • Challenger Series #1

The top five teams from Play-In 1 and three pre-qualified teams who dropped from the Promotion Tournament compete in a six week series earning cash prizes and points based on their finish.

  • Play-In 2

Another set of top 20 teams are pulled from the Ranked 5s Team Ladder. After a best-of-one showdown, five more teams advance into Challenger Series 2.

  • Challenger Series #2

The top five teams from Play-In 2 and top three from Challenger Series 1 battle in another series bracket earning cash prizes and more points.

  • Challenger Playoffs

Top six teams with the highest points across both series are seeded into a playoff bracket. The playoffs hold a similar structure to the LCS playoffs. The winner is crowned the series champion and additionally, the top three teams advance into the Promotion Tournament.

  • Promotion Tournament

The bottom three teams of the LCS and the top three of Challenger Playoffs duke it out for a spot in the LCS with the LCS teams choosing their Challenger opponent. Winners of this tournament proceed into the LCS and losers are guaranteed a spot in the next Challenger Series.

Tournament Information

Prize Pool

Place Prize Challenger Series
Spring Playoffs Summer Playoffs
Gold.png1st $ 16,000
Cloud 9 Eclipse

H2k-Gaming
Silver.png2nd $ 10,000
Ninjas in Pyjamas

SK Gaming Prime
Bronze.png3rd $ 8,000
Denial eSports EU

Unicorns of Love
Copper.png4th $ 3,000
Reason Gaming

Ninjas in Pyjamas
5th/6th $ 1,250
Team Coast Gold

G2 Esports

mousesports

Reason Gaming

Series Points

2014 Season Challenger Series
Place Spring Season Total Place Summer Season Total
Team CS #1 CS #2 Team CS #1 CS #2
1.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
7 12 19 1.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
7 10 17
2.
Cloud 9 Eclipse
9 2 11 2.
H2k-Gaming
3
9 7 16
2.
Departed
1
1 10 11 3.
G2 Esports
6
5 8 13
4.
Reason Gaming
- 8 8 4.
SK Gaming Prime
6
1 12 13
5.
mousesports
2
5 2 7 5.
Reason Gaming
4
4 - 4
5.
Team Coast Gold
- 7 7 6.
Unicorns of Love
7
1 2 3
7.
Tick Trick and Duck
4 - 4 7.
Playing Ducks
5 & 7
1 2 3
8.
G2 Esports
- 2 2 8.
4everzenzyg
- 2 2
8.
Steve Bakes Cookies
- 2 2 8.
GG Call Nash
- 2 2
10.
Storm Games Clan
1 - 1 10.
Denial eSports EU
1 - 1
10.
SK Gaming Prime
1 - 1 -
Unknown
- - -
10.
EYES ON U
1 - 1 -
Unknown
- - -
Place Points
Series #1 Series #2
1. 9 12
2. 7 10
3. 5 8
4. 4 7
5.-8. 1 2
Note: signifies that the team has been promoted to LCS.
Note: denotes the minimum possible points that the team will gain in the next match(es)
1 Departed acquired the roster of Pulse eSports prior to the Spring Challenger Series #2.
2 MeetYourMakers left the organization and were acquired by mousesports prior to the Spring Challenger Series #2.
3 H2k-Gaming acquired the roster of Cloud 9 Eclipse prior to the Summer Challenger Series #1.
4 Reason Gaming acquired the roster of Lublin Shore during the Summer Challenger Series #1.
5 Playing Ducks acquired the roster of Shantao macht Wau prior to the Summer Challenger Series #2.
6 3rd/4th place was decided on a single Bo1 game between Gamers 2 and SK Gaming Prime.
7 6th/7th place was decided on a single Bo1 game between Unicorns of Love and Playing Ducks.

Participants

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Schedule/VODs

Challenger Series #2
Round Match Result Date PST EST CET KST Countdown VoDs/Stream
Ro8
C9E
vs.
Departed
0:2[Show] 2014-03-05 14:00 17:00 23:00 07:00 123
Ro8
SBC
vs.
AwS
1:2[Show] 2014-03-06 13:00 16:00 22:00 06:00 123
Ro8
mouz
vs.
Reason
0:2[Show] 2014-03-12 11:00 14:00 20:00 04:00 ---
Ro8
NiP
vs.
G2
2:1[Show] 2014-03-12 12:00 15:00 21:00 05:00 ---
Ro4
Departed
vs.
TCG
2:0[Show] 2014-03-20 13:00 16:00 22:00 06:00 ---
Ro4
Reason
vs.
NiP
0:2[Show] 2014-03-21 13:00 16:00 22:00 06:00 123
3rd/4th
TCG
vs.
Reason
0:2[Show] 2014-03-27 13:00 16:00 22:00 06:00 123
Finals
Departed
vs.
NiP
0:2[Show] 2014-03-28 12:00 15:00 21:00 05:00 123

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