The Honda Scouting Grounds was announced by the LCS to take place on November 8-13. Besides the event serving as a showcase of the best North American amateur talent in League of Legends, it will also present an opportunity for them to be selected by one of the LCS’ 10 teams and jumpstart their professional careers.
After last year’s edition was done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scouting Grounds will host 20 players in the LCS Studio, with 10 qualifying from the Proving Grounds and 10 from solo-queue.
Of last year’s player pool, three of them went on to reach the LCS the next year: Hoangan “Nxi” Dinh, Aiden “Niles” Tidwell, and Ethan “Zoun” (now known as Iconic) Wilkinson.
Proving Grounds Selection
The format of qualification for this year’s players will be left unchanged relative to past editions, save for the inclusion of players from Proving Grounds. The top two players in each role from that event, which is based on the final standings, will be selected for SG provided that they meet the eligibility requirements shown at the end of the article.
Should a player fail to be eligible, he will be replaced by their peer from the 3rd place team and so on.
As for the solo-queue side, the selection process will begin on July 27 and continue through October 5, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Snapshots of the ranked NA ladder will be taken every two weeks on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT, making up a total of five segments. The point criteria for players in correspondence to their place on the solo-queue ladder is provided below.
Similar to the PG selection process, the top two players in each role qualifies for SG.
In 2020, the “One Trick Rule” was updated to require prospects to play a minimum of 15 games on four champions. Citing good results, the rule will remain for 2021. Here’s a full explanation of the rule.
Here are the following requirements players must follow to be eligible for 2021 Scouting Grounds:
Be 16 years of age by January 14, 2022.
Have not played more than two League matches in a semi-professional or academy league in the past two splits and/or more than two League matches in a professional league during the past six splits..
A professional league is any league that directly feeds into the World Championships.
A semi-professional league is any league that promotes or feeds into a professional league (e.g., NA Academy or EU Masters but not ERLs or Proving Grounds).
Proving Grounds is considered an Amateur event. Amateur players participating in Proving Grounds are eligible to attend Scouting Grounds if invited.
There is an exception that will allow NA residents who played in an Emerging Region (as defined in 2.2.9 in the LCS 2021 Rulebook) to attend Honda Scouting Grounds.
“An Emerging Region Player is defined as a player who is a lawful permanent resident of Mexico or any counter in Central and South America, Brazil, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, or Turkey.”
Have not played more than two League games in the preceding Mid-Season Invitational or preceding World Championship.
Have not appeared in three Honda Scouting Grounds events in the last five years.
Be a North American resident as determined by the Interregional Movement Policy.
Pass a behaviour check, similar to LCS and Academy players, which reviews in-game behaviour and Terms of Service violations, and looks at previous bans and/or suspensions.