Spring League of Legends North American LCS Finals Preview: What to Know and How to Watch

Old rivals meet as the Spring split of the North American LCS comes to a close.

The Spring North American LCS split comes to a close this weekend with two old rivals trying to pick up more silverware at the other's expense. If you haven't been following the playoffs, SB Nation has the results and brackets to date. Otherwise, here's where things stand as we enter the final weekend of play.

What's at stake

The Spring LCS Finals is the culmination of the nine week regular season and playoff bracket that began on January 16. The winner of the final match between CLG and TSM will earn 90 Circuit Points, with the second place finisher earning 70 points, the third place team earning 50 points, and the fourth place finisher earning 30 points. The team with the most points at the end of the Spring and Summer splits will earn the second seed in the League of Legends World Championships. Aside from that, winning the Spring split of the North American LCS brings with it plenty of prestige on its own.

The matches (Best of five)

Saturday, April 16: Third-place game, 3pm ET (Team Liquid vs. Immortals)

Immortals had an impressive regular season, topping the standings at 17-1. Their strong record earned them a playoff bye, but they unfortunately ran afoul of Team SoloMid, who disposed of them with a three game sweep. Immortals entered the LCS after acquiring and rebranding Team 8 last year, assembling a powerful roster led by Seung-hoon "Huni" Heo and Yeu-ji "Reignover" Kim. Though they've fallen short of their ultimate goal of winning the Spring LCS, a third place finish would still be a fine result for the first half of the year.

Team Liquid finished just barely above .500 with a 10-8 record, having experienced a high degree of roster turnover throughout the season. Nevertheless, they shouldn't be underestimated. Team Liquid came together toward the end of the season, beating Cloud9 behind the solid teamwork of Support Matt Elento and Jungler Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett, as well as the veteran gameplay of Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin. They will be the underdog against Immortals, but they are better than their record suggests, making them a dangerous draw in the consolation bracket.

Sunday, April 17: Finals, 3pm ET (Counter Logic Gaming vs. TSM)

Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) finished behind Immortals in the regular season standings, but they've proven once again that regular season records don't matter much once the playoffs start. CLG is one of the older teams in the LCS, dominating the League of Legends scene at its inception, but falling off a bit in the years that followed. The heart of CLG is Zaqueri "aphromoo" Black, who is both one of the best supports in the NA LCS and the team's primary shot caller. He will figure heavily in CLG's quest to knockout TSM.

Team SoloMid (TSM) is historically one of the most successful teams in the LCS, but they were able to muster a .500 record during the regular season. Still, they boast their share of stars, including ex-CLG player Carry Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng - a top AD Carry whose 2015 defection will add plenty of intrigue to this matchup. They also have plenty of hate for CLG - one of their oldest rivals in the League of Legends scene - which would make the opportunity to snatch the Spring championship out from under their noses doubly sweet.

How to watch

You can watch the event on your PC at the League of Legends LCS Stream Theater, or on Twitch, Youtube, or Azubu. Event ticket info is here.

If you miss the event, you can find spoiler-free archived streams on Reddit along with highlights and interviews.

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