Fnatic wins League of Legends Season 3 European Playoffs

Fnactic bounces back during the playoffs to take the top spot and $50,000.


The Riot League of Legends Season 3 European Playoffs has concluded at Gamescom, with Fnatic taking the first seed and $50,000.

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After some rough losses during Super Week, Fnatic bounced back during the playoffs by only dropping one map the entire weekend, including a sweep of Evil Geniuses and a convincing victory over Sweden’s Lemondogs in the finals.

“For me, qualifying for the World Championships was enough,” Fnatic MidLaner Enrique "xPeke" Cedeño told GameSpot after his team’s victory. “Winning this was a super big bonus.”

“In Season 1 we won [the World Championships], and there were good teams, but nothing compared to now. It would be great to win two now, to prove we are a great team.”

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Fnatic, Lemondogs, and Russia’s Gambit Gaming are the three European teams qualified for the World Championships scheduled to be held in October at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gambit Gaming defeated rivals Evil Geniuses in a close 2-1 series to take the last spot.

“I’m really good friends with most of the Evil Geniuses lineup,” said Gambit team Captain Alexey "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin. “I’m upset that they don’t go, but it’s the game, and it happened. I think I’ve got no more feelings, I’m just a robot. All the emotions were there, I’m just totally exhausted. We will go home for two or three days and then get ready to bootcamp for the world championships.”

The North American Playoffs will begin this weekend at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, with Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming, Curse, Dignitas, Cloud 9 and Vulcun competing for four spots at the World Championships.

GameSpot eSports will be providing live coverage from NA LCS at PAX.

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