The 2016 League of Legends World Championship has moved to the knockout stages, which means we’re now in Chicago for the action this week. It all starts with North America’s last hope, as Cloud9 takes on Korea’s Samsung Galaxy in the first quarterfinal matchup Thursday night at 6 p.m. ET.
All quarterfinal series will take place in a best-of-five format. The games can be watched live on Twitch and Youtube, or on the Lolesports website.
There will also be alternate player experience streams for each game:
#Worlds Quarterfinals Alt Streamshttps://t.co/1iRIhU1mgK pic.twitter.com/0f2caRn9YF— lolesports #Worlds (@lolesports) October 13, 2016
The winner will face the winner of Sunday’s quarterfinal between Group C winner H2K and Group A runner-up Albus NoX Luna. Albus NoX qualified for the tournament as an international Wildcard out of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) region, and became the first Wildcard team to ever make it out of the Worlds group stage.
In the group stage, Samsung conquered a very tough Group D and finished in first place with a 5-1 record, sweeping Royal Never Give Up and Splyce and splitting its two games with Team SoloMid. Cloud9 struggled in Week 2, dropping its first two games after a 2-1 first week, but defeated I May in its deciding final game of the day to qualify for the knockout round.
For more on the matchup, including our three-step plan to Cloud9 victory, click here.