League of Legends

FaZe Clan and NRG reportedly looking to buy LoL franchise for LCK 2021

Published: 20/May/2020 4:08

by Andrew Amos

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North American giants FaZe Clan are reportedly looking to make their first foray into League of Legends through Korea, as the organization is allegedly in talks to buy a franchise in the LCK for 2021. NRG Esports is also looking to make a return after disbanding in 2016.

One of esports’ most recognizable brands could finally be branching out into League of Legends.

FaZe Clan is reportedly looking to buy into the LCK for the 2021 season and beyond, submitting a letter of interest to Riot Games. NRG Esports has also been touted as another major international team looking to join the league.

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FaZe Clan is looking to extend its successes in other titles to League of Legends.

According to a report by Korean news site Fomos, 25 teams have submitted a letter of interest in joining the LCK in 2021. The Korean League of Legends tournament is moving to a franchised format next year ⁠— the last major league to do so.

Only 10 slots are available in the league. All 10 LCK teams, and eight CK teams have reportedly filed a letter of interest to Riot Korea about joining the regional league.

Some other Korean esports teams, like World Game Star, have also shown interest.

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Overwatch fan-favorites RunAway are also looking to join the LCK.

FaZe Clan, the Pittsburgh Knights, and NRG Esports are three big international names that have thrown their hat in the mix. The former two have never fielded a League of Legends roster since the game’s release in 2009.

NRG formerly had a roster in the NA LCS back in 2016. They only played two splits in the top flight, finishing fifth in Spring 2016, before being relegated after Summer 2016. They then sold their NACS slot to Gold Coin United.

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NRG’s former League of Legends roster disbanded in 2016.

It is unclear how much the franchise slots in Korea are worth, but it’s set to be in the millions. LCS franchises were sold for over $10 million back when they swapped formats in 2017, however, recent sales ⁠— like the Echo Fox one ⁠— have been upwards of $35 million.

According to Fomos’ report, 62% of LCK’s viewership stems from overseas markets, making it an ideal choice for organizations like FaZe Clan to extend their reach.

Submitting a letter of interest doesn’t guarantee FaZe Clan, NRG, or any of the other teams a spot in the LCK for 2021. Teams will be vetted by Riot Korea before being accepted into the league.

FaZe Clan currently fields teams in Fortnite, Call of Duty, CS:GO, PUBG, Rainbow Six, and FIFA. NRG has rosters in Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Rocket League, and Smash.

League of Legends

LPL 2021 Spring Split: 2-0 wins for WE and Victory 5

Published: 24/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 15:21

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.


  • Beishang starred as WE went top with a 2-0 win over LNG.
  • Victory 5 demolished Rogue Warriors in a clean 2-0 sweep.
  • EDward Gaming remains second after a 2-0 win against JDG.

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 vs SinDragon 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
JD Gaming vs Rare Atom 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 26 Royal Never Give Up vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG vs 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 SN Gaming 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 SinoDragon 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 Royal Never Give Up, Team WE and EDward Gaming all yet to drop a series.

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

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