Playoff groups drawn for APEX S2

APEX progressed from the round robin group stage today, with only a single Western team advancing to playoffs. After Misfits had already fallen in the 'group of death', Cloud9 were the next to have their hopes dashed after a close game against Kongdoo Uncia, while Fnatic were blown out 0-3 by RunAway. The teams who qualified for playoffs are:

1st Seeds

  • Meta Athena
  • Lunatic-Hai
  • Kongdoo Uncia
  • Kongdoo Panthera

2nd Seeds

  • Team EnVyUs
  • Luxury Watch Blue
  • Afreeca Freecs Blue
  • RunAway

The top seed teams drew lots on stage to decide who would choose their group and opponent first.

The first stage of APEX Season 2 playoffs will involve two GSL-style groups of four teams. The top two teams from each group will progress to the four-team bracket. As APEX features double-elimination this season, it is possible for teams to lose a match in the playoffs and still win the tournament. It makes both the initial opponent and the group selection vital.

Team selections

Ryujehong randomly selected the right to choose a group and opponent first. He said he personally wanted to pick LW Blue, but his team made a change and wanted to face off against EnVyUs. Moving with his team, Lunatic-Hai chose Group A and chose EnVyUs.

Meta Athena said they were very set on their decision, and during the interviews they saw that AF.Blue wanted to face them - confirming their choice even further. Meta Athena chose Group B, deliberately avoiding Lunatic-Hai, and instantly selected AF.Blue as their opponent.

Kongdoo Uncia went for Group A, avoiding his sister team Panthera and leaving them to face off against LW Blue in a Group B super-match.

Group A

  • Lunatic-Hai vs. EnVyUs
  • Kongdoo Uncia vs. RunAway
  • Winners Match: TBD vs. TBD
  • Elimination Match: TBD vs. TBD
  • Decider Match: TBD vs. TBD

Group B

  • Meta Athena vs. AF.Blue
  • Kongdoo Panthera vs. LW Blue
  • Winners Match: TBD vs. TBD
  • Elimination Match: TBD vs. TBD
  • Decider Match: TBD vs. TBD

This draw set the groups up for some incredible, stacked competition. The games will take place after the upcoming patch, throughout March.

#1
2 Frags +

inb4 the Bastion patch goes live and Arhan dominates

inb4 the Bastion patch goes live and Arhan dominates
#2
2 Frags +

I see EnvyUs as likely to beat lunatic hai as last season. So I have honestly no idea what the actual result will be. That game and Panthera vs LW Blue are going to be the most exciting games to watch.

I see EnvyUs as likely to beat lunatic hai as last season. So I have honestly no idea what the actual result will be. That game and Panthera vs LW Blue are going to be the most exciting games to watch.
#3
0 Frags +

Good groups, tough break for Meta

Good groups, tough break for Meta
#4
7 Frags +

I hope this new patch isn't horrific, the games have been so fun this season. Great balance between viable compositions, everywhere from triple tank to triple dps seems legit based on your strengths and the maps. Would be a huge shame for this new patch to hit mid-season and wipe it away with something OP.

I hope this new patch isn't horrific, the games have been so fun this season. Great balance between viable compositions, everywhere from triple tank to triple dps seems legit based on your strengths and the maps. Would be a huge shame for this new patch to hit mid-season and wipe it away with something OP.
#5
2 Frags +
SideshowI hope this new patch isn't horrific, the games have been so fun this season. Great balance between viable compositions, everywhere from triple tank to triple dps seems legit based on your strengths and the maps. Would be a huge shame for this new patch to hit mid-season and wipe it away with something OP.

Agreed. It would be nicer if they only changed things up when there's a definite problem but so far this patch isn't even figured out yet.

Aside from the Bastion changes which I hope the devs can see is just way too good, the other tweaks aren't enough to change things. Hog sits around the same kind of usefulness so hopefully (unless the devs lose their minds) it shouldn't change things up too much. Just maybe more bastion strats.

[quote=Sideshow]I hope this new patch isn't horrific, the games have been so fun this season. Great balance between viable compositions, everywhere from triple tank to triple dps seems legit based on your strengths and the maps. Would be a huge shame for this new patch to hit mid-season and wipe it away with something OP.[/quote]

Agreed. It would be nicer if they only changed things up when there's a definite problem but so far this patch isn't even figured out yet.

Aside from the Bastion changes which I hope the devs can see is just way too good, the other tweaks aren't enough to change things. Hog sits around the same kind of usefulness so hopefully (unless the devs lose their minds) it shouldn't change things up too much. Just maybe more bastion strats.
#6
0 Frags +

LW Blue vs KD Uncia finals

LW Blue vs KD Uncia finals
#7
0 Frags +

Go Runaway :)

Go Runaway :)
#8
1 Frags +

Oh no. They gave us the entire bastion buff.

Oh no. They gave us the entire bastion buff.
#9
1 Frags +

the games on the new patch will be complete shit. thx blizzard (once again)

the games on the new patch will be complete shit. thx blizzard (once again)
#10
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twerpthe games on the new patch will be complete shit. thx blizzard (once again)

how so

[quote=twerp]the games on the new patch will be complete shit. thx blizzard (once again)[/quote]
how so
#11
2 Frags +

they're playing on old patch

they're playing on old patch
#12
2 Frags +

So do they finish the season on the old patch or do we get to see the ominic crisis play out?

So do they finish the season on the old patch or do we get to see the ominic crisis play out?
#13
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It's unclear as yet. The casters announced that they would be playing on the new patch but Taimou said they would be playing on the old patch for their first game at least, so who knows when it will roll over - if at all.

It's unclear as yet. The casters announced that they would be playing on the new patch but Taimou said they would be playing on the old patch for their first game at least, so who knows when it will roll over - if at all.
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