NA Spring Promotion Qualifier Week 2 Preview
The NA Spring Promotion Qualifier kicked off last weekend, ushering in a month of Challenger series goodness. During its first week of play, the top 16 ladder teams in North America played out their Best of 1 matches, whittling down the pool of eligible per-region teams to only eight.
This upcoming weekend marks the beginning of Round Robin group stage. The remaining eight teams have been split into two groups of four, reseeded based on their ladder ranking. Each team will play at least three games, with tie-breaker matches as needed. Group A plays on Saturday, and Group B on Sunday. Those who emerge victorious from group stage will play in semifinals, with those winners securing a coveted entry spot in the 2014 LCS Promotion Tournament.
If you didn’t tune in last week, this is definitely the week to check it out!
Napkins in Disguise, made up of the former roster of Denial eSports, have made quite a statement in the Challenger scene. Some of their notable achievements include second place in Season 1 of the MOBAfire Challenger Series, and first place in the WellPlayed Cup. Keep your eyes on Innox in the top lane and ScubaChris in the jungle for some serious plays. On the other side of the Rift is ggLA, who are generating buzz from star power alone. Their team is comprised of many well-known players of previous Challenger Series fame, such as Bischu, otter, and NydusHerMain. A dedicated fan base is developing around these teams, so be sure to tune in!
COGnitive Gaming earned a place in last spring’s PAX Promotion Tournament. Although they took second place overall to compLexity Gaming, they are back for more. No doubt excited to be taking another shot at LCS glory, you can be sure that COG will be pulling out all the stops for their games this weekend. Their opponents, 1UP Gaming, are dark horse contenders. Relatively unknown, 1UP have a lot of work ahead of them to stay in it, but if there’s one thing that we know about League of Legends, it’s that upsets are just another day in the game.
Thanks to a history of strong players, both Curse Academy and Quantic Gaming have established themselves as two of the most familiar names in the Challenger Series today. Current Curse Academy starters Rhux, fabbbyyy, and OneBadBrad draw fans from all across the country, while big-time players Nientonsoh, Hai, and WildTurtle all hail from former Quantic Gaming fame. Quantic surprised many by announcing a new roster of Korean players, after months of inactivity. Led by Locodoco, will this experiment succeed and take the LCS by storm? You’ll just have to watch and find out!