The 2019 UKLC Summer Split Playoffs are looming. Here’s all you need to know about the dates, format changes, and more!
On the 1st of September, we are having our first-ever live finals at Twickenham Stadium. But before we get there, we need our finalists.
Who can follow in Fnatic Rising’s footsteps and become the second UKLC Champion?
Summer 2019 Playoffs Format
In Spring, the top four teams in the UK League Championship qualified for Playoffs. This split, we’re mixing things up by introducing the Gauntlet!
For those unfamiliar with the concept, the gauntlet is a single-elimination format which will see every team from 2nd to 7th have a chance at making it to Twickenham. The 7th-placed team at the end of the UKLC regular season will play the 6th-placed team in a best-of-3 (Round 1). The loser is eliminated from Playoffs contention, while the winner proceeds to play the 5th-placed team (Round 2), and so on. The team that finishes the regular season with the most points will automatically qualify for the live finals in Twickenham.
As long as a team avoids the relegation spots (8th and 9th), they have a chance at pulling a Cloud9 and making a fairy-tale run all the way to the Grand Final!
Round 1 and Round 2: 20th August
Round 3 and Round 4: 21st August
Round 5: 22nd August
Grand Final: 1st September
Of course, every game of Playoffs will be streamed live on twitch.tv/lvpuklol! Games will start at our usual time of 18:00 BST—except for the Grand Final, which will start at 15:00 BST.
In the event that two teams are tied in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season, the tie will be broken by their head-to-head record. If teams remain tied, they will play a tiebreaker game.
If three or more teams are tied, the head-to-head record of all teams against all other teams involved in the tiebreaker will be considered. If one or more teams have won/lost more than 50% of the matches on aggregate against every team in the tiebreaker, they are automatically granted the high/lower place(s) available in the tiebreaker, and a new tiebreaker is declared amongst the remaining teams. If teams remain tied, then a simple bracket will be played to determine the result of the tiebreaker.
Any tiebreaker games that may arise will be played off air.
This split, we’ll once again be sending two teams to compete at the highest level of ERL competition: EU Masters.
Our first seed will go to the winner of the Grand Final, who will directly enter the Group Stage at EU Masters. The second seed will go to the Grand Final runner-up. That losing finalist will enter EU Masters at the Play-In Stage, meaning they’ll have to fight their way through tough competition to qualify for the Main Event. More information on the Summer 2019 iteration of EU Masters can be found here.
Everything you need to know about our Grand Final can be found here. Make sure you’re ready by following our channel at twitch.tv/lvpuklol. And stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates and announcements as all the season’s drama unfolds!