League of Legends Championship Series NA
The League of Legends Championship Series has become one of the most famed and iconic tournaments in the world of esports. This article will focus on the North American version of the tournament, the NA LCS, which runs as a sister competition to the European version.
This is how it works
There are 20 teams in all in the League of Legends Championship Series, ten from Europe and ten from North America. The teams who are competing in the North American version in 2017 are Cloud 9, Counter Logic Gaming, Echo Fox, FlyQuest Esports, Immortals, Phoenix1, Team Dignitas, Team EnVyUs, Team Liquid and Team Solomid. This line-up is not fixed, with other teams able to win promotion to the elite group via the Summer and Spring Promotion tournaments, which are the two seasonal splits into which the series is divided.
The Summer and Spring Splits take place each year, with the ten teams playing each other in a round robin format, to determine who qualifies for the play-offs, or which teams have to play in the Promotion round. After the round robin stage has produced the final standings, the top two teams go into the play-offs automatically. The teams who finish in third to sixth place then play each other in the play-off quarter-finals, with the winners of the two games playing the top two teams in the semi-finals. The winners of the two semi-finals then play each other in the final. The bottom two teams after the group stage have to play in the Promotion Tournament along with the top two teams from Challenger Series tournament. The winner of the Spring Split goes on to represent North America in the Mid Season Invitational.
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The 2017 Spring Split saw some excellent entertainment, with Team SoloMid topping the standings, and Cloud9 coming second. Despite that, the player of the group stage came from the Immortals team, who finished down in seventh place in the rankings. Joshua ‘Dardoch’ Hartnett, the team’s dedicated Jungler, took the 12 MVP points awarded to the best player in the group stage.
The 2016 edition of the tournament also saw some great action, with Counter Logic Gaming winning the Spring Play-offs, and Team Solomid topping the gigantic summer prize pool. Solomid also came second in the Spring Play-offs, so 2016 was a particularly fine season for them.
It’s getting even bigger
The North American League of Legends Championship Series continues to go from strength to strength, attracting massive audiences and mainstream media attention. Viewer figures for regular season games often exceed 200,000 on Twitch. In 2013, the US Government began to award P1 athletic visas to NA LCS players, a measure of how much progress the event has made. The first player to be awarded such a visa was Canadian star Danny “Shiphtur” Le, who is currently not signed to any team.
With interest rising to unprecedented levels, the North American League of Legends Championship Series looks set to cement its place in the esports calendar as a key event for many years to come.