LJL Summer Playoffs have concluded, stamping the name of the 24th and final participating team for League of Legends World Championship 2019. Congratulations to Detonation FM are in order it seems.
League of Legends' competitive season is almost at its end, with only World Championship remaining in the way of major tournaments. League of Legends Japan League (LJL) Summer Playoffs were the last regional competition that would decide the 24th participant of the World Championship 2019.
Detonation FocusMe took down V3 Esports in the finals and secured one of the 12 Play-In spots at the biggest League of Legends competition of the season. The other 12 teams qualified directly to the Main Event.
Those with guaranteed Main Event spots are:
- FunPlus Phoenix (China #1)
- Royal Never Give Up (China #2)
- Invictus Gaming (China #3)
- SK Telecom T1 (Korea #1)
- Griffin (Korea #2)
- G2 Esports (Europe #1)
- Fnatic (Europe #2)
- Team Liquid (North America #1)
- Cloud 9 (North America #2)
- J Team (Taiwan / Hong Kong / Macao #1)
- ahq E-Sports Club (Taiwan / Hong Kong / Macao #2)
- GAM Esports (Vietnam #1)
Teams in the Play-In stage are:
- Damwon Gaming (Korea #3)
- Splyce (Europe #3)
- Clutch Gaming (North America #3)
- Hong Kong Attitude (Taiwan / Hong Kong / Macao #3)
- Lowkey Esports (Vietnam #2)
- Flamengo Esports (Brazil #1)
- Unicorns of Love (CIS #1)
- Detonation FocusMe (Japan #1)
- Isurus Gaming (Latin America #1)
- Mammoth (Oceania #1)
- Mega (Southeast Asia #1)
- Royal Youth (Turkey #1)
Four out of 12 teams in the Play-In stage will qualify for the Group Stage at the Main Event, where they will face cream of the crop.
Interestingly enough, Unicorns of Love first came to prominence as a European team but never managed to qualify to a World Championship. Now that they are in CIS region, they finally did it with only the coach, Sheepy, still with the team. Meanwhile, three former UOL players qualified to Worlds 2019 with different teams - Vizicsacsi and Xerxe with Splyce and Hylissang with Fnatic.