Esports – League of Legends: Riot Games in Europe is changing formats

esports is active League of Legends A new era is entering in Europe. Riot Games, the game’s publisher, this Friday morning made official a slew of changes to its competitive ecosystem. Starting with the expansion of the geographical area: the region “Europe” becomes “EMEA” (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), and this huge development necessarily requires others.

BO3s in LEC

First, Riot Games is making a change that players, coaches, and the various clubs in the LEC, the competitive elite, have long demanded. Current format League of Legends “EMEA Championship” will be significantly changed in 2023 and will offer more matches in two or three winner sets (“BO3” or “BO5”).

An important point, it was claimed, made the league more competitive against the best Asian teams. The LEC’s previous format featured BO1s, winner-take-all matches. According to many players in the Championship, their very random side put significant pressure on players and slowed their progress (more punishing mistakes, inability to come back, less adaptation during the match, etc.).

The year will now be divided into three segments (compared to the previous two): winter, spring (whose champion will qualify for the MSI, mid-season intercontinental tournament) and summer. The regular season of each of these ” breaks up will see all ten LEC teams meet once in BO1, which isn’t far off. At the end of those nine days, the top eight will be placed in a double-elimination playoff tree starting with BO3. The final four teams in contention will battle it out for the segment win in BO5.

At the end of these six best teams breaks up qualify for the “LEC Finals,” which will determine the annual EMEA champion and the league teams that will represent it at the World Championship. Unlike previous years, there will be only one physical finals session.

Turkey joins regional leagues

As announced a few weeks ago, the Worlds activity will also be changed. Although details will be revealed later, Turkey and the CIS region (Eastern Europe, whose league was suspended after the invasion of Ukraine and will remain so until further notice) will no longer send any teams to the competition (venues are yet to be determined) reassigned: like the Arab League, its championships are now France, Spain, Germany enters the “Regional Leagues” ecosystem in EMEA together with.. .

Thus, they will qualify for the “EMEA Masters”, formerly the “European Masters”, which will soon change the format there as well. The number of places allocated to France for this EMasters has not yet been announced. At the press conference, the door was also opened for a return to physics for part of the competition. Which has not happened since 2019.

Overall, these multiple developments aim to expand the audience of the flagship tournaments in the EMEA region. They still raise many questions, especially in terms of the allocation of places at Worlds or EMasters, but also about the stability of the circuit with a possible new transfer period between the winter and spring segments of the LEC. The team, which has finished in the bottom two of the championship three times, will have only nine weeks of competition throughout the season. An aberration at first glance.

Maximilian Peter Schmidt, director of esports League of Legends For the EMEA region:

“We have included the teams and their players in the format change process and everyone is very excited about the changes. To combine competition and fun, this system is the best for us. All matches will be considered. We wanted to make sure that every team representing the region at the World Championship would do so by playing at least one BO5 in the LEC Finals. If a club does not win all three segments, they will automatically qualify for the World Cup.

I don’t think the LEC will always have the same teams in the bottom two spots, it’s highly unlikely. If you finish ninth or tenth after the winter, you’ll have some time before you’re back in the race. This gives you the opportunity to make changes to come back stronger in the spring. The transfer market never closes.

EMasters will at least experience changes in seat allocation. Details to come soon. This competition should still be played mostly online. »

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