How Fnatic Can Still Make 2023 LEC Winter Split Group Stage

With just one round-robin standing between them and the league’s “group stage,” where only the top eight teams from each split advance, professional League of Legends teams can be eliminated from contention quicker than ever. Three teams are still trying to get into the back of the advancement table as we enter the final day of the Winter Split round robin.

Fnatic, one of Europe’s most storied League teams, stands on the brink of being knocked out of group stage contention, which would mark the first time the organization has missed the playoffs of a split. Since 2013, Fnatic have made the playoffs of every LEC/EU LCS split, and should they lose today, they’d break a 10-year-long streak.

Fnatic have taken their sweet time getting on the right foot this season, as they hold a record of 2-6 through the first eight games of the single round robin. With one game left to play, it’s win-or-go-home for the orange and black. Here’s how Fnatic can still make it to the Winter Split group stage.

How Fnatic can qualify for LEC Winter Split group stage

Heading into the final day of the Winter Split’s first stage, Fnatic still remain in control of their own destiny, and the second and third games on the LEC schedule today will be all that matters for Fnatic. The second game on today’s schedule—KOI vs. Astralis—is incredibly important for playoff seeding, as it will be guaranteed to gobble up one of the two remaining group stage slots. Those two teams sit with records of 3-5 coming into the final day of the Winter Split’s first stage, and the winner of that game will lock in a spot in the group stage, no questions asked.

The third game today—Fnatic vs. SK Gaming—must obviously result in a Fnatic win for Fnatic to remain in the race. If Fnatic do win against SK, they’ll play a tiebreaker against the loser of KOI vs. Astralis. If they lose, they’ll go home empty-handed and the other team from the KOI/Astralis pairing will lock in the final seed.

According to the LEC rulebook (rule 8.15.10), a tiebreaker game must be played for eighth place in the opening round robin of a split, regardless of who owns the head-to-head between the two teams. Fnatic won against KOI in week one but lost to Astralis yesterday.

Today’s LEC action will begin at 11am CT with Team Heretics and Team BDS playing another match with playoff implications.

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