The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) heads into the postseason with the 2021 LCK Summer playoffs.

Out of the six qualified teams, only one will take the title of 2021 LCK Summer champions and represent the region as its first seed at the upcoming League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2021).

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 LCK Summer playoffs, including its schedule, results, and where to watch the tournament.

What is the 2021 LCK Summer playoffs?

DWG KIA on stage during 2021 LCK Summer season
Credit: LCK Flickr

The 2021 LCK Summer playoffs is the postseason tournament of the 2021 LCK Summer season. The tournament will determine the first LCK team to qualify for the group stage of Worlds 2021.

2021 LCK Summer playoffs schedule and results

The tournament begins on August 18. The final championship match will take place on August 28. (All times and days are in GMT+8.)

(Results to be updated)

NongShim RedFource3 – 1Afreeca Freecs
T13 – 0Liiv SANDBOX
DWG KIA3 – 0NongShim RedForce
Gen.G1 – 3T1
T11 – 3DWG KIA

Format of the LCK Summer playoffs

Bracket of the 2021 LCK Summer playoffs
Credit: LCK Twitter

The tournament follows a single-elimination, king of the hill format with all six teams competing in best-of-five matches.

The top two seeds will get a by, and will face the quarterfinals victors in the semifinals.

Teams participating in the 2021 LCK Summer playoffs

Liiv SANDBOX FATE during Week 2 of 2021 LCK Summer
Credit: LCK Flickr

The playoffs will feature the top six teams of the 2021 LCK Summer season.

  1. DWG KIA (12-6)
  2. Gen.G (12-6)
  3. NongShim RedForce (12-6)
  4. T1 (11-7)
  5. Liiv SANDBOX (11-7)
  6. Afreeca Freecs (11-7)

2021 LCK Summer playoffs prize pool

DWG KIA holding up LCK trophy during 2021 LCK Spring Final, LCK players
Credit: LCK

The LCK Summer playoffs has a KR₩375 million (US$322,000) prize pool that will be shared among the top performing teams.

The 2021 LCK Summer champions will secure a group stage slot at Worlds 2021, while the remaining teams will receive championship points to improve their standings at the LCK Regional finals.

  • 1st: KR₩200 million (US$172,000) and World 2021 Group Stage KR Seed #1
  • 2nd: KR₩100 million (US$86,000) and 100 points
  • 3rd: KR₩50 million (US$43,000) and 80 points
  • 4th: KR₩25 million (US$21,500) and 50 points
  • 5th: 30 points
  • 6th: 10 points

Where to watch the 2021 LCK Summer playoffs?

Faker at POG interview during Week 5 of 2021 LCK Summer
Credit: LCK Flickr

You can catch the LCK action live on the official LCK Twitch and YouTube channels.

READ MORE: Every team qualified for the 2021 LCK Summer playoffs