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EU LCS Summer Playoffs 2016: Schedule, bracket and how to watch

Can G2 repeat or will Europe have a new champion?

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With the 10 weeks of the LCS regular season wrapped up, it’s time to move onto playoffs this weekend. It all begins in Europe, with a pair of games this weekend — one between expected teams and one very much not so.

The Sunday game is the more conventional matchup, pitting H2K against Fnatic. Two long-time European powers who faced off in the third-place game last split, they’re also trending in opposite directions. Fnatic had a miserable finish to the split and head coach Deilor stepped down as a result, while H2K had a red-hot final week, going a perfect 5-0 (including a tiebreaker win over Fnatic).

The other first round matchup is between teams many expected to be fighting just to stay out of relegation when the split started. Giants Gaming, previously a staple for a low-table finish, surprised everyone with a 8-3-7 record, good for third place. They’ll go up against the Unicorns of Love, a team that made some questionable offseason decisions that ended up working out just fine.

It was the first split of the new best-of-two format for Europe, so these teams enter the playoffs having played twice as many games as in previous splits. The top two teams -- defending champions G2 Esports and surprise second-place finishers Splyce — get automatic byes to the semifinal rounds.

G2 is the definite favorite after going 10-8-0 during the regular season and with arguably the region’s best players at four different positions, but Splyce was able to take a draw off of them earlier in the split and has looked significantly better than in the Spring.

The winner of this tournament will gain the region’s No. 1 seed at Worlds. For more on how Worlds qualifying works and the current standings, click here.

All series are best-of-five. All games can be watched on the EULCS1 Twitch stream.

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Quarterfinals

Saturday, August 13

11 a.m. ET: 3. Giants Gaming vs. 6. Unicorns of Love

Sunday, August 14

11 a.m. ET: 4. H2K vs. 5. Fnatic

Semifinals

Saturday, August 20

11 a.m. ET: 2. Splyce vs. highest-ranked quarterfinal winner

Sunday, August 21

11 a.m. ET: 1. G2 vs. lowest-ranked quarterfinal winner

Third-place

Saturday, August 27

11 a.m. ET: Semifinal loser vs. semifinal loser

Finals

Sunday, August 28

11 a.m. ET: Semifinal winner vs. semifinal winner