Yesterday evening in Vietnam time, the Vici Gaming team lost 2-0 to LGD Gaming, which indirectly caused Suning to secure a ticket to the LPL Summer Playoff playoffs in 2020. The reason was SofM and teammates had 10 wins, while Vici Gaming (team in 9th place) had only 7 wins.
Both teams only have 2 matches left, so even though Suning lost in the last week, Suning still could not make it out of the top 8 (the minimum condition for playoffs).
Suning and SofM made sure to qualify for the LPL Summer 2020 playoffs
This can be considered a great success of Suning when in the spring tournament a few months ago, they could not even make it into the top 8 strongest in China. However, this is not the time for SofM’s fans to celebrate when in front of the Vietnamese man, there are still too many challenges to achieve his dream of reaching Worlds 2020.
Let’s talk a little bit about the format of the summer LPL playoffs, it will have the following round:
Diagram of the LPL Summer Split playoffs in 2020
As we have seen in the picture above, the top 1 and top 2 group teams will default to the semi-finals, the top 3 and top 4 teams will be placed in the quarterfinals. The remaining 4 teams from categories 5-8 will have to play from the first round. The playoff champion will default to a ticket to Worlds 2020 as the No. 1 seed of China.
With JD Gaming, Top Esports and Invictus Gaming having such overwhelming strength, the top 3 LPL group positions will most likely belong to these names. The remaining position to qualify for the Quarterfinals will be 4th and this is also Suning’s current position.
Current rankings of LPL Summer 2020
This means that despite guaranteeing a ticket to the playoff, Suning also had to sprung all out in the last week to fight Vici Gaming and Funplus Phoenix. Victory Five in the last week only had to meet Rogue Warriors and EDward Gaming, the teams in the bottom half of the table, if SofM and the teammates lose too much, it is possible that V5 will be pushed out of the top 4.
The battle between Suning and Funplus Phoenix will greatly affect the rankings of both on the rankings
In the playoffs, we will need to consider another Championship Point, which is the accumulated score of the year and will play a decisive role in which team still has the opportunity to come to Worlds. Championship Point BXH at the moment:
Current LPL Championship Championship standings
The small board on the right will tell us the number of points the teams receive based on the playoff rankings. The Summer Championship team will have a ticket to go to Worlds 2020 as No. 1 seed. The team that does not win the championship but has the total Championship Point points for both of the biggest seasons will come to Worlds 2020 as the second seed.
The team with the biggest advantage in the race to the 2020 World Championship is of course JD Gaming when they win the LPL Spring and temporarily topped the LPL Summer Split. Top Esports also have a big advantage when they have 40 points accumulated in the spring and only need to finish second in the summer LPL can guarantee a ticket to Worlds.
It is likely that these two giants will share the championship and LPL Summer Runner-up 2020
Meanwhile, Suning has no points because it does not reach the top 6 of the LPL Spring, if you want to go to Worlds, you need to be in the top 4 teams with the most Champhionship Points (except the team that has had tickets before). So if you want to compete next to the World Championship, SofM and your teammates need to do two things, one is to keep a place in the top 4 group stages to shorten the number of playoffs in the playoffs, the second is to pass the quarterfinals to few LPL got the top 4 overall and earned 40 points.
SofM and his teammates need to do a lot of work before the LPL playoffs begin
Do the above two things, then come to the last step called the Regional Qualifier to compete for the remaining 2 tickets to Worlds, 1 to go straight to the group stage, 1 to hit from the warm-up round. The format for regional qualifiers will be:
The two teams with the Championship Championship at the top will compete against each other, the winner will reach the World Cup group stage, the losing team will come to the fourth place match
The 2 teams with Championship Points 3rd and 4th also compete with each other, the losing team will be disqualified, the winning team will move to the fourth place.
The two teams that qualify for the fourth place match will compete against each other, the winner will have a ticket to the Play-In Stage of Worlds 2020.
With the step to keep the top 4 of the LPL spring group, this is an extremely difficult challenge because to ensure this position, Suning must win both matches in the last week. Keep in mind that SofM and his teammates also have to meet Funplus Phoenix, the team that is down in form but still the world champion and defeating them is not easy.
Funplus Phoenix has a lot of comedy in this season, but it is still a very strong opponent
The deeper the playoff, the more cumulative points the higher the Regional Qualifier (where Suning’s chances are most obvious) means the greater the chance of going to Worlds. Hopefully SofM and Suning will maintain their high level as shown in the group stage to overcome the tough second half coming and appear at Worlds.