Golden Guardians lock in last spot in LCS playoffs

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After a day of single-game tiebreakers, Golden Guardians qualified as the sixth and final seed of the League of Legends Championship Series spring playoffs.

"This week coming in, we made it 2-0 and then we were waiting on other teams to decide our fate," Golden Guardians support Choi "Huhi" Jae-hyun said. "Yesterday we actually felt so lucky that all of the scenarios that we wanted happened how we wanted. For our standing, we were pretty unlikely to make the playoff, but for ourselves we were thinking that we're a pretty good team. We felt really confident going into a match with Dig or Immortals because we knew we'd have the edge on it."

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The day kicked off with a Dignitas win over Immortals, eliminating Immortals from playoff contention. Dignitas started the LCS with a three-game win streak but quickly dropped off mid-split, while Immortals were inconsistent throughout, showcasing some exciting wins and some hard losses. Dignitas then faced Golden Guardians, who improved mid-split and further found their footing late in the season after bringing up Huhi from the Golden Guardians Academy team.

"I guess me coming in led to more communication, which leads to more clear gameplans," Huhi said. "I think I just bring more voice and knowledge to the team, and we're just using those things to get small leads, get on the same page and play as a team."

Golden Guardians began the spring split with little to no expectations from analysts and the League of Legends community, ranked 10th by most in preseason LCS power rankings. With tiebreaker games included, they ended the regular season 9-10 at sixth place overall. They will face one of Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves or FlyQuest in the first round of the playoff losers' bracket on April 7.

The other three-way tiebreaker occurred between FlyQuest, 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses to decide second through fourth place. FlyQuest lost to 100 Thieves, who then lost to Evil Geniuses. Evil Geniuses earned the second seed and will face FlyQuest on Saturday, while first-seeded Cloud 9 will face 100 Thieves on Sunday.