Update, 8/21: After the conclusion of the semifinal round, here’s the picture: TSM has qualified for Worlds. If TSM beats Cloud9 in the finals, CLG will qualify. If Cloud9 beats TSM, Cloud9 qualifies. Immortals can only qualify through the Regional Playoff that will follow.
Original, 8/15: With the quarterfinal round of playoffs concluded, there are four teams remaining in North America competing for the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split crown. With the victory would come prize money and a trophy, sure, but arguably the biggest prize available is the region’s top seed at worlds.
Two teams will automatically qualify for Worlds once the final concludes August 28: one from winning it all, and one from championship points (more on that here). So who will those teams be?
Thanks to Reddit user VogonTorpedo, we have an easy-to-follow chart of exactly how Team SoloMid, Immortals, Counter Logic gaming and Cloud9 can best hope to qualify before the start of the semifinal round.
CLG enters the semifinal round with the most championship points, after winning it all last split, but there’s still some work to do before qualifying. Arguably the most expected result (TSM beats Immortals in the final, CLG beats Cloud9 in the third-place game) would result in TSM and CLG qualifying, but there are many scenarios in which teh two qualifiers are TSM and Immortals.
Cloud9 has the toughest task ahead of them, as they’re the only team left that has to literally win the whole thing to automatically qualify.
The two teams that do not gain automatic qualification through either winning the Summer Split or through championship points will enter the Gauntlet, where they will face Team Liquid and Team Envy in a king-of-the-hill style tournament.