The LEC starts this year on 21 January, but this time there is a whole new format. We will show you the format and the participating teams here.
The winter split of the LEC starts on 21 January. This launch introduces a completely new format, which has been adapted to the wishes of the fans. We’ll show you how this format works and which teams are taking part here.
The LEC has heard the calls of the fans for an improved format. In particular, more best-of-three and best-of-fives were requested. But the LEC has really stepped it up a notch and now offers more of everything: more matchdays, more splits, more games.
The LEC Splits and Games
First of all, LEC fans can rejoice in the fact that they will not only be able to watch the LEC for two days in a row, but that there will now always be three match days in a row. These will always start on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from around 6pm. So this year every week is a Super Week.
The splits themselves have also changed. Instead of a winter and a summer split, there is now a spring split in between. At the end of these three splits there is a Season Final. The individual splits are again divided into the Regular Season, the Group Stage and the Playoffs. In the regular season, there will be the best-of-ones as usual.
The eight best teams then move to the Group Stage, where best-of-three await them. There, two groups with four teams each will be formed.
This is also where the Winners and Losers Bracket will take place. In order to get into the play-offs, two victories must be achieved.
In the playoffs, the last four teams will play each other in a best-of-fives format. The two group winners can afford to lose, as they will then play the winner of the match between the two group runners-up. At the end, the split winner can be crowned.
If a team manages to win two splits in one year, they start the Season Final in at least fourth place. If all three splits are won, the place at the Worlds is secured.
The LEC Season Final
The Season Final will have only six teams competing for the title. The winners of each split will be assured a place here. The remaining teams, will be those who have earned the most Championship points across the splits.
These will be awarded according to the placings achieved in the splits. While the Winter and Spring splits award the same points, you can get more in the Summer split.
The teams will start in the Winners or Loseres Bracket, depending on their ranking, and will have to fight their way through the Best-of-Fives. Whoever wins the Season Finals will be the new LEC Champion and will compete at Worlds.
(You can get more information about the format here.).
– LEC (@LEC) January 17, 2023
The LEC Teams
There will again be a total of ten teams competing for the win. Instead of Misfits Gaming, however, we will see Team Heretics from now on. Rouge, the last winner of the LEC, has also teamed up with KOI, which is why we will now see that name in the standings.
So these are the teams of the LEC:
- Excel Esports
- G2 Esports
- MAD Lions
- SK Gaming
- Team BDS
- Team Heretics
- Team Vitality