Victory Five eliminated FunPlus Phoenix with a 3-1 win Thursday on the opening day of China's League of Legends Pro League Summer Split playoffs in Shanghai.
Fifth-seeded V5 took a 2-0 lead in the first-round clash with back-to-back MVP performances from Hao-Yan "Mole" Li. Eighth-seeded FPX won the third map behind MVP Tae-Sang "Doinb" Kim, but were sent home when Lei-Xin "Biubiu" Yu powered V5 to victory on the fourth map.
Victory Five will face No. 4 seed Suning in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
The other first-round match takes place Friday with No. 6 seed LGD Gaming facing No. 7 Team WE, with the winner taking on third-seeded Invictus Gaming on Sunday.
The 10-week, 17-team LPL regular season concluded Sunday, with the top eight sides advancing to the Summer Split playoffs.
All matches in the single-elimination postseason bracket are best-of-five.
Top Esports and JD Gaming both received double byes into the LPL playoff semifinals. Top Esports clinched the No. 1 seed by virtue of winning the head-to-head tiebreaker via a 2-0 win over JD Gaming in Week 2. Suning and IG earned byes into the quarterfinals.
LPL Summer Split prize pool (approximate USD):
1. TBD, $288,000
2. TBD, $144,000
3. TBD, $72,000
4. TBD, $43,200
5. TBD, $28,800
6. TBD, $28,800
7-8. TBD, FunPlus Phoenix, $0
--Field Level Media