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FaZe and NRG pull out of LCK 2021 franchising race

Published: 25/Jun/2020 8:01 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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21 teams have submitted interest in joining the LCK in Korea as the final major franchised League of Legends tournament in the world. North American esports giants FaZe Clan and NRG Esports will not be one of them, however, after the orgs withdrew their letters of intent.

The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) is the final major global league that hasn’t franchised in the Riot Games MOBA. However, that’s set to change in 2021 ⁠— with the league looking to remove promotion and relegation from 2021.

With competition in Korea and abroad, and a final chance at getting a spot in a top-tier franchised league, 21 teams have lodged interest in joining. However, FaZe Clan and NRG ⁠— who were reportedly interested ⁠— have pulled out of the race.

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FaZe Clan has pulled out of the race for a franchised spot in the LCK.

19 of the teams who have applied are from within Korean circles. This includes all 10 current LCK teams, and seven of the eight Challengers Korea second-tier teams.

However, two teams have applied from LCK franchising from overseas ⁠— Gamer Republic, Inc, and Omaken Esports. The publicly available list does not note FaZe Clan and NRG Esports making it to the interview stage.

Another notable exclusion is Worlds 2019 attendee Griffin. The once star-studded roster that harbored the future hope of Korean League of Legends was decimated in the off-season over allegations of corruption and misconduct.

The team failed to live up to their lofty expectations with a weakened roster in LCK Spring 2020, demoting out of the top flight. Team Dynamics took their spot in LCK Summer 2020 after a successful promotion tournament.

Sword at Worlds 2019 playing for Griffin
Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games
Griffin has also pulled out of the LCK franchising race.

The value of an LCK franchise spot is unknown, but it’s set to be in the millions. Back when the LCS franchised in 2017, slots were sold for over $10 million. That number has since increased to over $35 million with the sale of Echo Fox.

The LCK has a predominantly-international audience, with a reported 62% of viewership stemming from overseas.

This provided the perfect opportunity for organizations like FaZe and NRG to further extend their reach into Asia, after the former signed PUBG Mobile and FIFA squads based in Thailand earlier in 2020.

You can find the full list of applicants for LCK 2021 franchising below:

  • Afreeca Freecs
  • Awesome Spear
  • Brion Company
  • Damwon Gaming
  • DRX
  • Element Mystic
  • ESC Shane
  • Gamer Republic, Inc
  • Gen.G
  • Hanwha Life
  • Jin Air Green Wings
  • KT Rolster
  • Omaken Sports
  • OZ Gaming
  • RunAway
  • Sandbox Gaming
  • SeolHaeOne Prince
  • T1
  • Team Dynamics
  • WDG
  • World Game Star
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LPL 2021 Spring Split: 2-1 series lead to RNG & LNG victories

Published: 26/Jan/2021 16:20 Updated: 26/Jan/2021 16:22

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 17 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • Royal Never Give up defeat Victory 5 2-1 after an intense series.
  • LNG take down Bilibili Gaming 2-1.
  • EDward Gaming and Team WE still on top.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 4 schedule (January 25 – January 31)

Date Match PST EST GMT
January 25 EDward Gaming 2 – 0 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
JD Gaming 2 – 0 Rare Atom 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 26 Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG 2 – 1 Bilibili Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 27 eStar vs FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs Rogue Warriors 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 28 LGD Gaming vs Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
OMG vs Suning 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 29 eStar vs LNG 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs Royal Never Give Up 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 30 ThunderTalk Gaming vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs FunPlus Phoenix 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 31 Rare Atom vs Rogue Warriors 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports vs JD Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports 2-1 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE 2-1 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 results (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God 1-2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming 1-2 Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros 0-2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming 2-0 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning 0-2 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-2 Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God 0-2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom 0-2 BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports 2-0 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors 0-2 Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 0-2 Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below is how each team places in the current standings, with Team WE and EDward Gaming yet to drop a series.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 EDward Gaming 5-0 10-2
Team WE 5-0 10-2
3 Royal Never Give Up 4-0 8-2
4 FunPlus Phoenix 3-1 7-2
5 LNG Esports 3-1 6-4
6 Victory Five 3-2 8-6
7 Invictus Gaming 2-2 5-4
Top Esports 2-2 5-4
9 eStar Gaming 2-2 5-5
10 JD Gaming 2-2 4-4
11 Bilibili Gaming 2-3 6-7
12 Suning 1-3 3-6
 13 Rare Atom 1-3 2-6
14 Rogue Warriors 1-4 2-9
15 LGD Gaming 0-3 1-6
16 Oh My God 0-4 2-8
17 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-4 1-8

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod