Play In Preview

by Kevin Meier | Jul 31, 2014
With the SPL about to begin we are still searching for 2 more teams from each region to invite. After the open bracket tournament for Week 1 of the Play In's, there are 4 teams remaining from North American and Europe. It's now up to them to decide who makes it with two weeks of round robin play.


Play In Week 1 North American Recap

1st - Fat Chunk Assemble
2nd - Late Bloomers
3rd - Five Angry Men
4th - TORCH


Notable teams eliminated: Surreal Gaming, NonPockettyOP, OnCooldown

To everyone's surprise NonPockettyOP was eliminated by Late Bloomers in the round of 8, taking out their SPL dreams along the way. Fat Chunk Assemble also burst onto the scene by beating fan favorites Five Angry Men. Now these top 4 teams have a fresh start and will play each other over the next couple weeks. 


Play In Week 1 European Recap

1st - Walk It Off
2nd - HeroesNZeros
3rd - Agilitas
4th - Exposed Secrets


Notable teams eliminated: I I I I I

First seeded I I I I I takes a huge slip and falls to HeroesNZeros before reaching it to the final 4. This means that they are eliminated from SPL contention and must work their way through the Challengers Cup if they wish to go to worlds. However this means we have ANOTHER unknown EU team that could make a big splash in the scene. We'll see how it's going to play out in the coming weeks.


Schedule

This is the round robin schedule for Week 2 and 3 of the Play Ins. Each team plays each other two times over the course of the Play Ins. The times are a rough estimate and not exact, but the order of the games are. If a game ends early we will continue the stream with the next game in order.

NA Play-in Time (EDT)
Week 2: Saturday, August 2nd Week 3: Saturday, August 16th
Five Angry Men vs Fat Chunk Assemble Fat Chunk Assemble vs TORCH 12:00-1:00 PM
Late Bloomers vs TORCH Five Angry Men vs Late Bloomers 1:00-2:00 PM
Five Angry Men vs Late Bloomers Fat Chunk Assemble vs Late Bloomers 2:00-3:00 PM
Fat Chunk Assemble vs TORCH Late Bloomers vs TORCH 3:00-4:00 PM
Fat Chunk Assemble vs Late Bloomers Five Angry Men vs TORCH 4:00-5:00 PM
Five Angry Men vs TORCH Five Angry Men vs Fat Chunk Assemble 5:00-6:00 PM

EU Play-in Time (EDT)
Week 2: Sunday, August 3rd Week 3: Sunday, August 17th
HeroesNZeros vs Walk it Off Walk it Off vs Exposed Secrets 9:00-10:00 AM
Agilitas vs Exposed Secrets HeroesNZeros vs Agilitas 10:00-11:00 AM
HeroesNZeros vs Agilitas Walk it Off vs Agilitas 11:00-12:00 PM
Walk it Off vs Exposed Secrets Agilitas vs Exposed Secrets 12:00-1:00 PM
Walk it Off vs Agilitas HeroesNZeros vs Exposed Secrets 1:00-2:00 PM
HeroesNZeros vs Exposed Secrets HeroesNZeros vs Walk it Off 2:00-3:00 PM


Tiebreaks
1) In case of a 2 way tie: 
     (a) Head to Head record
     (b) If a tie exists from (a), 1 tiebreaker game will be played, drafting order will be determined by a coin flip

2) In case of a 3 way tie:
     (a) A single elimination tournament will be played. The team with the higher seeding in the 1st week of the play-in's gets the bye into the finals. Winner of the single elimination tournament wins the tie breaker and the other 2 teams go to the 2 way tie rule in 2.1g(ii). Games played in the tie breaker do not count towards the head-to-head record. Only games from the round robin will count towards teams head-to-head record.

3) In case of a 4 way tie:
     (a) A coin flip will determine 2 match-up's at which the 2 winners from these match-up's will advance into the Pro League whereas the 2 losers will join the Challengers Cup.
     (b) These match-up's will be played in a Best of 1 series. The choice of drafting order will be determined by a flip of a coin
    

Timeline

August 2nd: North American Play In's Week 2
August 3rd: European Play In's Week 2 
August 9th: $50,000 Kick Off LAN (Top 4 teams from qualifiers)
August 16th: North American Play In's Week 3
August 17th: European Play In's Week 3

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