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Riot announces changes to LCS 2020 format

Riot Games is making changes to the LCS format for 2020, adding Monday Night League and a stronger emphasis on Academy games.
Riot announces changes to LCS 2020 format

Changes are coming to the League Of Legends Championship Series (LCS), with Riot Games detailing the slew of alterations in a blog post.  

Among the new additions is a schedule which will encompass Saturday, Sundays and now Mondays – with the latter titled Monday Night League and seeing two matches take place from 5.30 PT (1.30pm GMT).  

Fridays will play host to Academy League games along with matches across the weekend. Ahead of the new Monday Night League, there will also be Academy League games beforehand. 

The key change is perhaps the new LCS playoff format, which will work differently between the Spring and Summer Splits.  

In the Spring Split, the top six teams will face off in a best-of-five tournament with a winners and losers bracket – similar to the LEC format.

Academy playoffs format for LCS (Picture: Riot Games) 

Spring Playoff format LCS
Spring Playoff format for LCS 2020 (Picture: Riot Games) 

The Summer Split, however, is slightly different as determines the top three teams who will head to Worlds 2020. This means there won’t be circuit points or the previous Regional Qualifier. 

The LCS Spring Split kicks off on Saturday 25 January, while the Summer Split begins on Saturday 20 June.  

Summer Split LCS format
LCS format for Summer Split 2020 (Riot Games) 

You can check out the full breakdown of changes on their official website.

Riot Games is also preparing to give a full lowdown on their plans for League Of Legends in 2020, recently revealing a new trailer