As the professional League of Legends scene develops and expands to new heights, its environment changes with it. The European competitive scene, for instance, has grown substantially in recent years, and the area is about to undergo a significant reorganization.
As Europe’s premier league, the LEC pits ten of the continent’s strongest teams against one another. The next year will see these fierce rivals square off in a new league structure that will see three splits and three champions.
Besides the regular season, the new playoff formats will also include a group stage including the top eight teams from the regular season and the playoffs featuring the top four teams from groups.
Explaining the New LEC Structure
There will be three weeks of regular season play in all three years, with games being played in a best-of-one, single round-robin format. After that, the top eight teams advance to the group stage, where they will play a two-week long, best-of-three, double-elimination tournament.
Four teams will emerge from the shuffle and into the playoffs over those two weeks. Over the course of a week, the final four teams will compete in a best-of-five, double-elimination playoff. Each season’s top three finishers earn automatic berths in the playoffs.
The remaining spots and overall seeding in the Season Finals are determined by Championship Points, with the top three finishers in the LEC meeting the other two. To determine the annual LEC Champion, these six teams will compete in a best-of-five, double-elimination tournament over the course of four weeks.