The group stage of the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2017) concluded over the weekend, advancing eight teams into the quarterfinals bracket.
The list features three teams from South Korea; two teams from China and Europe; and a lonesome representation from North America.
SK Telecom T1 is unsurprisingly leading the pack with hopes to achieve its fourth championship victory. It is joined by South Korean comrades Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy, where the former has shown an impressive display of skill throughout the prestigious tournament.
The other teams that have made the cut include Royal Never Give Up and Team WE from China, with Misfits and Fnatic falling in from Europe. Unfortunately for the North American fans, their hopes for honor and glory in Worlds 2017 lie solely on the backs of Cloud9.
The quarterfinals bracket for Worlds 2017 will officially start next week. In comparison to past iterations, the quarterfinals bracket for this year certainly looks more balanced. We might perhaps still see a single stomp, but the rest are likely to be much more entertaining.
The complete schedule can be seen below. Remember to mark your calendars for another week of exciting matches between the very best teams from around the world.
- October 19: Longzhu Gaming vs. Samsung Galaxy (4 a.m. ET)
- October 20: SK Telecom T1 vs. Misfits (4 a.m. ET)
- October 21: Royal Never Give Up vs. Fnatic (4 a.m. ET)
- October 22: Team WE vs. Cloud9 (4 a.m. ET)
The semifinals are scheduled to take place on October 28 and 29 between the four teams that manage to survive the quarterfinals. For more information, you can head to the official website to recap what took place in the past two weeks of group stages.