Riot Video games has introduced vital adjustments to the LCS construction, confirming a earlier report by Travis Gafford.
These adjustments embrace a three-week season kick-off event with a $150Okay USD prize pool in addition to an enlargement of the printed schedule to 5 video games per day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Spring season can be condensed into six weeks of competitors (with the identical variety of complete video games being performed) and can culminate in a rebranded playoff competitors referred to as the LCS Mid-Season Showdown. This occasion will qualify a crew for the Mid-Season Invitational.
Moreover, the LCS Championship (previously Summer time Playoffs/Championship) will now seed groups primarily based on mixed information from the Spring and Summer time season, giving added weight to efficiency through the Spring Season. This has lengthy been a criticism of the LCS format and of league buildings in esports generally – there are fewer stakes to common season play, significantly within the first half of the yr, than within the event circuits esports was constructed upon.
The subject of league buildings was dropped at the forefront this yr by the launch of the Name of Obligation League, which moved its sport from a event circuit construction to a proposed conventional league season format. As a result of suggestions from the followers, the CDL shortly revised its construction to deal with tournaments moderately than common season play.