LPL Summer Split Playoffs Down to Final Four

The LPL playoffs started last Thursday after the bracket was seeded with the best ten teams from the 2023 LPL Summer Split. In the first three rounds alone, we have already seen some incredible League of Legends and some highly competitive matches, with both matches last round going all five games. The format now changes from single-elimination to double-elimination. With only six matches to be played until we crown a championship, every second of every game is going mean so much more. 

Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank vs. TOP ESPORTS

When: Wednesday, July 26th – 5 AM ET

Odds: Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank (-370) vs. TOP ESPORTS (+281)

The first match of the Upper Bracket Semifinals is between the #1 and #4 seeds in the playoffs as the best team in China in Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank takes on TOP ESPORTS on Wednesday morning. This will be Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank’s first match of the postseason, having been automatically seeded here in the bracket after a stellar 15-1 season. Though they haven’t played on stage in a while, they need little time to warm up except 1st team all-pros Bin and ON. With all their starters being named to an all-pro team League of Legends fans around the world have high expectations not just in the LPL playoffs but at the World Championships as well.

TOP Esports finished with a 12-4 record which, after tiebreakers, secured them the 4th seed in the LPL postseason. They were seeded into the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals, where they ran into a surging SHANGHAI EDWARD GAMING HYCAN. The match went back and forth, with the two squads alternating wins. Ultimately, TOP ESPORTS secured the 3-2 win off the back of their Korean midlaner Rookie. Though they enter as sizable underdogs, if Rookie continues to play at a high level and 3rd team all-pros Tian and JackeyLove, they could easily compete with an unexpecting Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank. 

Beijing JDG Intel Esports Club vs. Suzhou LNG Esports 

When: Thursday, July 27th – 5 AM ET

Odds: Beijing JDG Intel Esports Club (-303) vs. Suzhou LNG Esports (+231) 

Beijing JDG Intel Esports Club have a fire lit under their butts after ending the Summer Split in 2nd place after sitting in the top spot in the standings for a majority of the season. Though ending on more of a disappointing note, there are still plenty of reasons for Beijing JDG Intel Esports Club fans to have faith in their team. To start, they’ve had Bilibili Gaming’s number all year, taking them down both in the regional playoffs and at MSI. Their roster may be the best in the world, with 3 of their players Kanavi, knight, and Ruler making the 1st All-Pro Team and the other two players, 369 and MISSING making the 2nd All-Pro Team. 

Suzhou LNG Esports will need to come into this match unphased by their opponent’s accolades. Suzhou LNG Esports entered the playoffs as the 3rd seed after ending the season with a 12-4 record and beating TOP ESPORTS in tiebreakers. Last round, they won a hard-fought match against WeiboGaming FAW AUDI, resulting in Suzhou LNG ESports walking away with a 2-1 win. A large part of their success this season has come from the regular season MVP Scout Suzhou’s midlaner. Scout and company are going to have to play out of their minds if they want to pull this upset off, the craziest thing is that they’re totally capable of doing so.