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Riot announces major changes to LCS 2020 schedule and playoffs format

Published: 8/Jan/2020 16:47

by Scott Robertson

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Riot Games and the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) have announced the schedule for the upcoming 2020 Spring season.

Included in the schedule are changes to both the Spring and Summer Playoffs, changes to how teams qualify for Worlds, and the introduction of “marquee” matches on Monday nights.

North American LoL fans only have just over two weeks until the LCS is up and running again, ending the long drought of competitive League of Legends that begins when Worlds concludes.

Riot GamesC9 on stage during LoL Worlds 2019

Worlds ended disappointingly for the North American region this year, with all three of its representing teams falling in the group stages of the event. 

Afterwards, Cloud9’s owner Jack Etienne called for massive change to the LCS format, specifically regarding its Academy sector.

On December 8, Riot and the LCS answered the call for a new format, with some sweeping changes to numerous aspects of the LCS format ahead of the 2020 season. These changes include altering how teams qualify for Worlds, how the playoffs are run, how Academy is played, and even introducing Monday Night League.

Monday Night League

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTB-, I MEAN, LEAGUE OF LEGENDS?!? Starting in Spring 2020, LCS will be hosting two “marquee match-ups” on Monday evenings.

The two matches will be preceded by three Academy matches. Riot and LCS gave no indication on how matchups for Monday were decided, or if MNL includes any special programming.

LoL Esports/Riot GamesThe legendary Bang looks to exact Evil vengeance upon his former team.

In the first Monday Night League, Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik takes on his former team, as he and Evil Geniuses face 100 Thieves. After that, the rivalry of Team Liquid and Team SoloMid renews to close out the first weekend of LCS.

Changes to Worlds Qualifications for NA Teams

Say goodbye to the Regional Qualifier and Championship Points. All that matters now is the Summer Playoffs. The winner and loser of the Summer Finals will determine the 1st and 2nd place NA seeds at Worlds, and the lower bracket final loser will be the 3rd seed. The new format for playoffs will be explained below.

With this change, the Summer Playoffs moves from the most important event when it comes to Worlds, to the only important event when it comes to Worlds. The Spring Playoffs only determine who wins that split and who goes to the 2020 MSI.

New LCS Playoffs Format

How do you make playoffs more exciting? Take single-elimination and double it! Both the Spring and Summer Playoffs now will use a double-elimination bracket, with the six best teams competing in Spring and the top eight competing in Summer.

RiotThe LCS Spring Playoffs format.

For both sets of playoffs, the one seed gets the advantage of having a choice between opponents. In Spring they can pick between the 3rd and 4th seed in the first round, and in the Summer they get a first-round bye and have their pick between the first-round winners.

RiotThe LCS Summer Playoffs format.

All playoff matches will be best-of-five, while the regular season will still use best-of-ones.

More Academy matches and premiere of Academy Rush

Riot says in the announcement that for “Academy players, gaining stage experience is a key step towards a starting spot on an LCS roster,” so they’re expanding their current Academy format to put on an Academy match at the end of the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

They are also playing three Academy matches on Monday before Monday Night League, and adding a new show called Academy Rush. 

RiotThe full LCS and Academy programming schedule for Friday-Monday.

“Academy Rush will feature shoutcasters and analysts jumping between all of the Academy action to show you the biggest plays and highlight moments from all 4 games followed by a final and 5th game shown in full.“

Now that you’re caught up on all the format changes, if you’re still behind on the offseason’s roster changes for LCS, check out our live tracker for the LCS and the LEC here on Dexerto.

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Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 22:49

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The star ADC of Team SoloMid and notably Team Liquid, among others, announced his retirement while reflecting on the embattled beginnings of his career to becoming a highly decorated player in NA’s professional scene.

“When I was 17, I qualified for the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. It was my very first tournament… When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” Doublelift wrote of his humble beginnings.

DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

TSM trophy LCS doublelift retires
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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“I was mocked about being better on the analyst desk than in-game. My play style would never work, they said I was too greedy in a game that demands teamwork. For 5 years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match.

“Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

doublelift tsm team liquid lcs finals
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Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.