CIS Pass to the League of Legends World Championship 2021
CIS teams qualify for the League of Legends World Championship 2021 at the LCL Summer 2021 tournament. A total of eight teams took part in the tournament: Unicorns of Love, One Breath Gaming, CrowCrowd, Black Star Gaming, Vega Squadron, ROX, Dragon Army, and CTRL PLAY. The play-off stage is currently underway, with the first meeting taking place on 26 June 2021.
Three teams failed to qualify for the playoffs, ROX which included "ORION", Dmitry "Anechek" Anenko, "Madrid1st", "Imperial" and Ruslan "Miracle" Zainulin; Dragon Army for which Christian "Balkane" Landel, Vadim "cyraXx" Averin, Vladimir "Maynter" Sorokin, Lionel "Laynel" Feldstein and Dmitry "Dimonko" Korovushkin played; as well as CTRL PLAY with such players as Denis "Tatsui" Lamakin, Yegor "k1tava" Maznev, Stepan "Bully Maguire" Leontiev, Ilya "Valhalla" Atnazhev and Vladislav "SimSin" Samokha. But all teams retained their places for next season. CTRL PLAY finished the season with six points, namely in fourteen matches they won only twice and lost twelve times respectively. Dragon Army walked away with twelve points, as did ROX, winning four times out of fourteen meetings but failing to win ten times.
Vega Squadron, featuring Kirill "Aoi Haru" Kolupaev, Damian "Wysek" Adamshik, Nikita "Keysie" Popov, David "MyKey" Garcia Rubio and Ali "Mercenary" Musaev, advanced to the playoff stage. They came out of the season with fifteen points, winning five meetings and losing nine times.
Black Star Gaming also entered the tournament grid with esportsmen such as Roman "Romuka" Vlasov, Vadim "Vakulich" Vakulich, Kirill "Get Lost" Rybakov, Mikhail "Kenal" Karpenko and Gleb "Rillyaviel" Podvorny. They managed to score twenty-seven points in nine wins and five losses.
One Breath Gaming, on board with Dmitry "Smurf" Ivanov, Ilya "Kreox" Grom, Khaled "XoNix" Noman, Alex "Mirbs" Holmin and Andreas "Adept" Blickfeldt also managed to prove themselves in the playoffs with thirty points, that is ten wins and four losses.
CrowCrowd also managed to score thirty points with the same result, ten wins, five losses and they too had a chance to advance to the World Championship 2021 LOL with such players as Evgeny "Mytant" Zavalny, Alexander "NoNholy" Ovchinnikov, Yaroslav "MightyDragon" Svistun, Nikita "Griffon" Gudkov and Maxim "JestkuiMax" Filipenko.
The clear leaders with thirty-six points on the season and a playoff appearance were Unicorns of Love with such players as Andrey "Argonavt" Yakovlev, Vladislav "BOSS" Fomin, Kirill "AHaHaCiK" Skvortsov, Lev "Nomanz" Yakshin and Alexander "SaNTaS" Lifashin playing for them.
One Breath Gaming and CrowCrowd met in the semifinals of the top grid play-off stage. The meeting ended 3-1 in favour of CrowCrowd. Thus, One Breath Gaming fell to the bottom net, while CrowCrowd were to face Unicorns of Love. Unicorns of Love were unable to win and lost to CrowCrowd by a score of 3-1. CrowCrowd now await their opponent in the grand final.
On the bottom grid, Black Star Gaming and Vega Squadron battled it out first. Vega Squadron won 3-1 and Black Star Gaming crashed out of the tournament. But later, Vega Squadron are also out due to a 3-0 loss against One Breath Gaming. And One Breath Gaming lost to Unicorns of Love 3-2.
As a result, we look forward to seeing the top two teams in the tournament, Unicorns of Love and CrowCrowd, to see who will represent the CIS at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship. The teams have met twelve times previously, with Unicorns of Love winning eight times and CrowCrowd four times.
Meanwhile, developer and main organizer of the championship Riot Games has informed the community that World Championship 2021 League of Legends will take place in Europe. This decision was made due to the well-known coronavirus and the new wave of pandemic that imposes restrictions.
Riot Games official John Nydam, who heads up the esports division, says that the Delta strain is making it harder to organise the championship in 2021 and even in 2020 it was easier to decide on the event. Last year's World Championship 2020 League of Legends saw all participants isolated from the outside world for a fortnight to minimise the risks of infection, but the new strain has created such conditions that even last year's approach does not guarantee the health safety of the teams. The relocation of the event itself will enable more teams to take part, due to Europe's softer policy on the pandemic. At the moment, there are no dates or exact location for the championship, but it was previously thought that it would end on 6 November.