League of Legends Champions Korea
Korea is a country which has long been recognised as the home of the world’s top League of Legends stars, and the League of Legends Champions Korea consistently delivers some of the world’s most outstanding performances from renowned teams. Featuring teams such as Samsung Galaxy, MVP and afreeca Freecs, fans are treated to high quality displays from top players, like Kang Gun-mo (ADD), Kang Chan-yong (Ambition) and Jang Gyeong-hwan (MaRin), as well as a host of others. The league is widely recognised as the best in the world, a competition where the very finest players test themselves against each other.
Structure of League of Legends Champions Korea
The season for the LoL LCK is split into a number of different tournaments, all of which offer points which determine the overall standings at the end of the season. The league is divided into a summer split and a spring split, with both sections of the regular season lasting six weeks. Teams play each other in a double round robin format, with all match winners determined by a best of three match format. Teams are allowed to make substitutions in between games. The top five teams qualify for the play-offs. LCK play-offs consist of four teams, playing in a winner-advances tournament, where the third and fourth placed teams play each other first of all. The winner of this contest then play the second placed team for a chance to play the first ranked team in the final. All the matches in this phase are best of five games.
Players can also win individual prizes, with the best overall performer being crowned as the Season MVP (Most Valuable Player). The MVP is decided by the press, who award points to each player based on their performances. In a regular season event, the event’s MVP receives 100 points. This also applies to play-off events. In the league’s finals, MVPs receive 300 points. The player with the most points at the end of the season then takes home the ultimate prize, as well as the accolades of his peers and the press. Each player who achieves the highest KDA (Kill-Death-Assist) in specific roles, whether as Top, Jungle, Mid, AD Carry, or Support, will also receive a KDA Award.
A prize pool is on offer of ₩280,000,000, which works out at around US$250,000, with the winners taking home ₩100,000. The winners of the Spring Split also qualify for the World Championships, which in 2017 are set to be staged in Beijing, China.
Teams and Players
There are currently nine teams taking part in the League of Legends Champions Korea in 2017. These are: afreeca Freecs, bbq OLIVERS, Jin Air Green Wings, Kongdoo Monster, KT Rolster, Longzhu Gaming, MVP, ROX Tigers, Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1. This means that some of the world’s very best LoL players are involved. With that place at the World Championships up for grabs for the winner, spectators can expect some real fireworks from the LoL LCK in 2017.