G2 Esports Win LEC 2023 Summer Title, But Are Not Locked For LoL Worlds 2023 Yet

31 Jul 2023
Tit Krajnik 31 Jul 2023
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  • G2 Esports won LEC 20223 Summer with a 3-0 sweep of Excel Esports
  • It marks G2 Esports’ 11th LEC trophy
  • G2 Esports have not qualified for 2023 LoL World Championship yet
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G2 Esports re-claimed their League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) throne on Sunday, July 30, when the Samurais defeated Excel Esports in the finals of LEC 2023 Summer and claimed the LEC title. It marks G2 Esports' 11th domestic title, cementing G2 as the most successful esports organisation in the European LoL league.

The League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) 2023 Summer split ended on Sunday, July 30, with the grand finals between G2 Esports and Excel Esports, who clashed in a best-of-five (Bo5) series. The two teams already met in the first round of the playoffs, when Excel Esports showed strong resistance, forcing G2 Esports to give maps despite being considered as massive underdogs.

However, despite Excel Esports' strong performance in their first playoff meeting with G2 Esports, Jonas "Hidon" Vraa's boys failed to keep up with Europe's most successful LoL esports team. The rematch was significantly more one-sided than the first game, with G2 Esports sweeping Excel (3-0) in under 1.5 hours.

By defeating Excel Esports and winning the LEC title, G2 Esports further solidified their status as Europe's most successful LoL esports team, with 11 LEC titles, ahead of Fnatic with seven and MAD Lions with three LEC trophies. However, although G2 Esports won the LEC 2023 Summer, they're not yet qualified for the LoL World Championship 2023.

Due to LEC changing its format for the 2023 season, G2 Esports and five other top-performing teams of the season still need to attend the LEC Season Finals, where they'll compete for three tickets leading directly to LoL Worlds 2023 and one spot for Worlds Qualifying Series.

LEC 2023 Season Finals

The LEC 2023 Season Finals is a new, season-culminating event of the LEC 2023 season, introduced this year after LEC changed its competitive format. The event will welcome the top six teams from across the three splits who will fight for the championship title in a double-elimination bracket.

LEC 2023 Season Finals features teams who have won the most championship points throughout Winter, Spring and Summer splits. The teams will be split into a double-elimination bracket based on their Championship Points seeding.

The first team got to choose between the third and fourth seeds as their first-round opponents, and the second seed got to play the team that wasn't picked by the top seed. The fifth seed will play against the lower seed from the upper bracket, and the sixth seed will play against the higher seed.

LEC 2023 Season Finals Teams

  • G2 Esports – 1st seed
  • MAD Lions – 2nd seed
  • Team BDS – 3rd seed
  • Excel Esports – 4th seed
  • Fnatic – 5th seed
  • SK Gaming – 6th seed

The first-round pairs have already been announced as the dates for all stages of the tournament. The LEC 2023 Season Finals will kick off on Saturday, August 19, with the first match between MAD Lions and Excel Esports, followed by the second Round 1 game between G2 Esports and Team BDS.

  • MAD Lions vs Excel Esports – August 19, 2023 (18:00 CEST)
  • G2 Esports vs Team BDS – August 20, 2023 (18:00 CEST)

The top three teams will earn a direct bye to the 2023 League of Legends World Championship, while the fourth-placed team will advance to the 2023 Worlds Qualifying Series. The 2023 Worlds Qualifying Series is a new event fought between the fourth-placed team from EMEA's LEC and North America's LCS, with the winning team earning a spot at LoL Worlds.

It's a single-game event, with the two fourth-seeded teams playing one best-of-five series (Bo5) to determine the final Western LoL esports representative for the world championship. The 2023 Worlds Qualifying Series does not have a confirmed date yet.