Rift Rivals is the annual League of Legends event that takes place between European and North American teams. This year, it is being hosted in the Los Angeles LCS Studio and means that the NA LCS will be taking a break this weekend. There is no prize pool for the event, just straight up bragging rights.
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- Each EU team plays each NA team once
- Matches are best of one
Finals – Relay Race
- Every team plays at least once in a best of five to determine a winning region with the following parameters:
- The better performing region from groups gets to counter pick teams for the first three games
- For the final two games, teams for each region will be selected at the same time with no chance of counter picks
LoL European Championship at 1.35 odds
LoL Championship Series at 2.95 odds
With this event has a very unique format, with the winner being region based from a mixed series, it’s recommended not to bet on the outright winner. Instead, you should have a look at the individual matches that take place during the first two games of the event. We have picked out the most interesting games below.
Matches of Interest
Before the finals take place on Saturday, the teams must first battle it through a Round Robin to determine any advantages. Four matches take place on the opening day with five on Friday to finish off group stages. Each team attending will play 3 matches during group stages. The teams attending are:
- Team Liquid (LCS Spring #1)
- TSM (LCS Spring #2)
- Cloud9 (LCS Spring #3)
- G2 Esports (LEC Spring #1)
- Origen (LEC Spring #2)
- Fnatic (LEC Spring #3)
Day 1 Matches of Interest
TSM vs Origen
Both these teams finished 2nd in their respective Spring Splits and could be the true decider in Day 1 to separate the regions. Both teams have had shaky starts to their spring splits. With Origen currently holding a 3-3 record in Europe and TSM performing slightly better with their 5-3 record in North America. In the past Europe has always had the edge on the NA competition so they’ll have high standards to meet.
Cloud9 vs Fnatic
The two teams that faced off during the semi-finals at Worlds last year will meet in the final match on Day 1. The major difference this time around is that Fnatic no longer have Caps, one of the best mid-laners in the world. Both these teams failed to reach their respective spring finals and are striving for redemption this summer.
Day 2 Matches of Interest
Team Liquid vs G2 Esports
The Champions of North America and Europe will face off once again during the opening game on Day 2. The two teams meet in the MSI (Mid-Season Invitational) grand final last month. G2 set records for the fastest grand final in International history after dismantling Liquid. The NA side Liquid will be hoping for some redemption.
TSM vs Fnatic
Here we have two iconic organisations within League of Legends facing off to bring group stages to an end at this Rift Rivals. With being the last game of group stages, there is a chance the outcome of this match will affect how the grand final set up can play out. Both teams tend to be exciting to watch and will surely be great for neutral viewers.