LoL Playoffs Heat Up Before Sold Out World Finals

Four teams have qualified for next month's sold out World Championships at Staples Center in LA.
League of Legends European Regional © Gamescom 2013
By Ryan Smith

Four down, ten to go.

A quartet of teams are headed to the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship following another couple rounds of qualifiers. The list of winners includes Lithuanian team GamingGear.EU, and three European teams: Fnatic, Lemon Dogs and Gambit Gaming.

GamingGear.EU topped paiN Gaming in the International Wildcard competition at the Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 21, emerging as the single team to qualify from outside the five major All-Star regions.

Two days later at Gamescom, a single elimination tournament was held for the top six teams of the summer split for the European Regional. Fnatic beat Lemon Dogs in the finals, grabbing $50,000 in prize money and securing the No. 1 European seed of the World Championship. In the third place match, Gambit BenQ downed Evil Geniuses to take the final spot in the playoffs.

But the action is far from over: the Taipei Snipers will face off against the Gamania Bears in Taiwan on Thursday, Aug. 29 in a best-of-three Finals for the Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau region qualifier.

The North American Regional hits the next day (Aug. 30) at PAX Prime in Seattle, Wash., as the top six teams - Curse, Team Dignitas, Counter Logic Gaming, TSM Snapdragon, Cloud 9 Hyper X, and Vulcun Techbargains – have a chance to earn of three spots. The Korean and Chinese finals will begin the week of Sept. 4.

Tickets to see the World Championships in person are already selling out fast. Passes for the Grand Finals at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are already gone, but if you can hurry you can still go to the semifinals at the Galen Center or attend earlier rounds in studio at Riot Games.

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