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LCS and LEC to change Spring Finals experience due to Coronavirus concerns

Published: 6/Mar/2020 16:25 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:19

by Scott Robertson

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Both the NA League Championship Series and the League European Championships are making changes to how fans will experience the remainder of the 2020 Spring Split and the corresponding Spring Finals in response to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus concerns.

Both leagues made March 6 announcements regarding how they will be updating the ongoing LEC and LCS splits in response to the global health concern.

LEC Head of Esports Alberto ‘Tiroless’ Guerrero announced that they would be moving the Spring 2020 Finals from Budapest to the LEC Studio in Berlin, Germany.

Citing the COVID-19 situation and the priority of keeping player, fans, and staff safe, the LEC team decided that holding the event “in a smaller setting and a more controlled environment was the right call.” Their current plan is to host a live audience in the LEC Studio in Berlin, but will “revisit the decision” if the Coronavirus situation changes.

The LCS also made an announcement regarding the ongoing health crisis, but as of the time of writing this, their Spring Finals is currently scheduled to continue as planned, but with a slight restriction for fans.

LCS commissioner Chris Greeley said they are “carefully monitoring” the situation in Frisco, Texas, where the Finals are scheduled to take place, but are limiting fan interactions at all LCS games until further notice.

In the announcement, Greeley said that LCS are suspending fan meets, the iconic victory high-fives, and post-game handshakes until further notice. LCS are willing to offer refunds to ticket holders who may be “disappointed” by the changes and would prefer not to attend.

The changes by both leagues were revealed just roughly an hour after TwitchCon Amsterdam was canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

This is the latest incident of professional League of Legends being affected by worries regarding the virus, as LCK and LPL matches were suspended because of it. LPL officials announced at the end of February that matches would resume in March, but only online and after all players go through a 14-day quarantine. LCK matches are still suspended.

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T1 after a week five victory, with no crowd to celebrate with. Matches will be suspended after this round.

The changes to the LCS and LEC Spring Splits are the latest in an ever-growing list of esports and gaming events affected by Coronavirus concerns.

In addition to the ones mentioned above, Overwatch League homestands and major CS:GO tournaments have also been affected, as has the Rocket League World Championships and a Riot-sponsored Valorant gameplay reveal event.

We will provide more updates on the LEC and LCS Spring Finals, and any other events affected by the Coronavirus, as that information becomes available.

 

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 16:20

by Lauren Bergin

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After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.