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adapted from Peach Belt press release
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) League of Legends regular season came to an end on Sunday and the conference has announced the bracket for next weekend's in-person PBC Championship. Last year's PBC Runner-Up Georgia College LOL team took the No. 4-seed after a 4-4 regular-season record.
The event will take place next Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, at the Abney Cultural Center Auditorium on the campus of Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. This is the second year the PBC has hosted a live Esports championship event with League of Legends.
USC Aiken finished their run through the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record and captured the top seed for next week's tournament. The Pacers dropped only one game in their eight matches, winning the other seven by straight-set 2-0 scores.
Second-seeded UNC Pembroke makes their first appearance in the PBC Championship after finishing with a 7-1 regular-season record. Columbus State University is the third seed after finishing 6-3.
Georgia College, Augusta University and Lander were tied for the next spots with identical 4-4 records. The PBC tiebreak puts all three into a mini-conference for a head-to-head breakdown, but all teams were 1-1 against those they were tied with. The next step is to examine results against the highest seed that all three competed against. Not every team plays every other team in the PBC regular season.
Lander was the first team out as they lost to Young Harris College where GC and Augusta both won. With Lander at No. 6, GC and Augusta's head-to-head broke the tie with Georgia College coming out at No. 4 and Augusta No. 5.
Georgia Southwestern State University and Young Harris College were also tied for seventh and eighth. GSW takes the No. 7 seed thanks to a win over YHC during the year. YHC enters the tournament at No. 8.
Play begins on Friday at noon with the first quarterfinal between Georgia College and Augusta. Four quarterfinals will be contested that day, followed by the PBC's first Gaming Forum that night at 8 p.m. Any ticket bought during the day will gain entry into the forum, which brings together professionals from all areas of Esports to talk about the immense opportunities available.
Play resumes on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the first of two semifinal matches, followed by the 2019 PBC Championship Match at 3 p.m. The championship will be a best-of-five match while all others are best-of-three.
The PBC Champion and runner-up will both be given automatic bids to the College League of Legends national play-in round.
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