Two League of Legends LEC academy teams will face-off in the UKLC grand final next week.
Fnatic Rising and BT Excel progressed through the semi-finals yesterday evening and in doing so, have also qualified for the European (EU) Masters.
While many would have expected Fnatic and Excel to emerge as the dominant two sides in the UK & Ireland League of Legends competition, their semi-final opponents still stood as worthy opposition.
BT Excel beat NVision Esports 2-0 in the first semi-final, while Fnatic Rising defeated Barrage Esports 2-0 in the second.
However, Barrage came very close to causing an upset in game one, with Flaresz leading the charge as Riven in the top-lane. While he had a fantastic start and picked up some key kills, he unfortunately for Barrage failed to emerge as the overall carry and lift his team to victory in the late-game.
In game two, Barrage looked deflated from the sucker punch in game one and Fnatic took advantage of that to secure the series.
Excel continued their undefeated run and will now look to keep this going when they face Fnatic in the UKLC grand final on March 29th.
The finals will take place online due to the situation around COVID-19.
The EU Masters gets underway on April 6th. It brings together the top League of Legends from across the eight different European Regional Leagues (ERLs), including Spain, France, Balkans, Italy, Nordics, Poland, as well as the UK & Ireland and the Germany/Austria/Switzerland territory.
Riot recently announced it is bringing the production of the EU Masters in-house. It was previously hosted by ESL, but now it will be produced by the team responsible for the LEC.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the EU Masters Spring 2020 Season will be played online-only.
Elsewhere, in the lower-tier division UKEL, the playoffs have been postponed:
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.