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WATCH Full LEC Summer 2020 Press Conference ft Ocelote, xPeke, more

Published: 12/Jun/2020 10:12 Updated: 18/Jun/2020 1:24

by Alan Bernal

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Ahead of the LEC Summer 2020 split, representatives from many of the league’s teams took part in a press conference in which they talked about the coming split and the battle for the four Worlds spots on offer for European teams this year.

The 2020 season has been a year with unique challenges, with the league moving online for the end of Spring and at least the beginning of the Summer split.

Origen’s Enrique ‘xPeke’ Cedeño spoke on the challenges of competing online instead of at the LEC studio, explaining that the lack of the usual match environment with a live audience meant that players had to focus more on differentiating between practice and real competition.

“The players had to focus on differentiating practice from the real game, because when you are playing where you practice it becomes really hard to make that difference.”

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G2 will return their star laners back to their original roles for Summer split.

Despite the challenges, 2020 also offers an opportunity for Europe to establish itself as the premier region in the world, with four LEC representatives attending Worlds for the first time. Many eyes will undoubtedly be on reigning champions and 2019 Worlds finalists G2 Esports to lead the charge and perhaps finally secure a Worlds victory for Europe.

LEC Summer will see Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković and Rasmus ‘Caps’ Borregaard Winther switch positions once again, returning to the bot and mid lane respectively. G2 Esports CEO Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez discussed the effects of burnout on the team, stating that the role swap of Caps to ADC and Perkz to mid that occurred at the start of 2020 would likely not have happened if the team hadn’t been burnt out after Worlds 2019.

“At the highest level, what creates the difference is a lot of small things repeated many times as opposed to one big thing… I don’t think a role-swap would have happened in Spring Split if we would have, frankly, not burned out in Worlds. All of these things are small things that help us keep fresh.”

Representatives from Fnatic, MAD Lions, Misfits, Rogue, and Vitality also discussed their preparations and goals for the remainder of the 2020 season. Check out the full press conference, and stay tuned to Dexerto for more LEC coverage.

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TSM Spica leaks major changes to LCS 2021 format

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:40

by Luke Edwards

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TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu appeared to leak major changes to the format of the LCS 2021 season on his livestream. With LCS bosses keen to rejuvenate the competition, the future of the Spring Split could be down the drain.

Since 2015, the LCS season has been defined by two splits: spring and summer. Each split has a double round-robin, where every team plays each other twice, and the top 6 go through to a play-off series. Simple.

However, major changes to the LCS structure have been rumored to be in the works. Travis Gafford reported LCS powers were considering binning off the spring split altogether, with the season being changed instead to one long split.

The format would mean every team would play a total of 45 regular-season games, up by nine from the current amount of 36. There would also be a small play-off tournament midway through to determine the region’s representatives at the Mid-Season Invitational.

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After a huge shake-up in rosters, including Cloud9’s signing of Perkz from G2, could the next major change be the format?

TSM Spica leaks changes to LCS 2021 format

Live on stream, Spica appeared to suggest the rumored changes to the LCS format were indeed true. He said:

“There’s 45 games next split and I’ll probably be on Jarvan all 45 games.”

TSM’s ex-coach Parth seemed to back up Spica, as he wrote in Twitch chat: “spring = 18 games, summer = 27 games.”

Spica then lightly suggested there might be some bad consequences for Parth, as he joked: “Yo Parth, you can’t leak, man. You know, I might need to take you on a walk.”

Spica’s suggestion of there being 45 games “next split”, partially backed up by Parth, means Gafford’s sources are likely spot on.

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Despite winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 failed to qualify for Worlds.

The changes to the format come as little surprise. When the original Worlds Qualification system – where teams could earn ‘circuit points’ in spring to boost their chances of qualifying – was scrapped, Spring Split became redundant for anyone bar the winner.

This was punctuated by the 2020 Spring champions Cloud9 ultimately failing to reach Worlds. Making the LCS a streamlined, season-long affair would mean teams would be judged on their achievements across the year, rather than just over a few months.

Whether the other rumoured changes, such as the mid-season play-off for MSI, a reduced academy season, and a pre-season tournament, will also materialize remains to be seen.

Regardless, the merging of the spring and summer splits would be one of the biggest shakeups in the history of the LCS.