Lower Bracket Starts in LEC Season Finals Second Round

The LEC Season Finals are well underway as the top six performing teams from the 2023 LEC competitive season compete to be one of the four teams to continue their campaign to be the 2023 League of Legends World Champions.

Last week, Fnatic and SK Gaming watched as G2, Team BDS, MAD Lions, and Excel Esports all played, waiting to see who they’d end up facing in the Lower Bracket.

After G2 Esports and MAD Lions both won their matches convincingly, the Lower Bracket Quaterfinals have been set, with the matchups being Excel Esports vs. Fnatic and Team BDS vs. SK Gaming. Catch the action as two teams see their dreams of lifting the Summoners Cup disappear this week.

Team BDS vs. SK Gaming

  • When: Saturday, August 26th – 12 PM ET
  • Odds: Team BDS (-135) vs. SK Gaming (+105)

Team BDS entered the Season Finals as the 3rd seed after strong Spring and Summer Splits gave them a majority of their points. Last week, Team BDS fell to G2 Esports in the Upper Bracket Semifinals 1-3.

Though Team BDS was able to take down G2 Esports in a quick 26-minute Game 2, they just were outclassed by the top seed in the tournament.

SK Gaming entered the tournament as the 6th seed after barely making it in over KOI, who had the same amount of Championship Points as both SK Gaming and Fnatic. SK Gaming will need to play at the highest level they have this year if they want their season to continue.

In Summer, they ended the Regular Season with a 4-5 record. They would be eliminated from the postseason in the Group Stage after ending their Group with a 1-2 record.

Excel Esports vs. Fnatic

  • When: Sunday, August 27th – 12 PM ET
  • Odds: Excel Esports (+225) vs. Fnatic (-310)

Excel Esports enters the Lower Bracket Quater Finals after dropping their opening match in the Upper Bracket to MAD Lions in a disappointing 3-0 sweep.

The MAD Lions just jumped on the lead early on, winning the first game in 27 minutes. The second game was much closer, with Game 2 going over 40 minutes. They just weren’t able to pull a win out, which has to worry their fans as they are now matched up against a Fnatic squad that has seemingly caught fire recently.

Fnatic was not having a great 2023 in the first two splits of the year, finding themselves in the bottom three teams in both Winter and Spring. After moving on from their long-time star player Rekkles, the team was able to start finding success in the Summer. They ended the Regular Season with a 7-2 record, which gave them 2nd place in the standings.

They’d finish the postseason with a 3rd place finish, giving them just enough points to make it into the Season Finals, where they hope to continue their success against Excel Esports.

G2 Esports and MAD Lions

Both G2 Esports and MAD Lions get to enjoy the weekend off after finding important wins last week.

Both teams get to rest easy knowing that they both have already qualified for the League of Legends 2023 World Championships in Korea later this year. The only stakes they’re playing for now are for seeding.

They’ll play each other next week to see who will get to move on to the Grand Final to play for the top LEC seed at Worlds.