Big changes coming to the LCS Format in Season 11: there will be only one big regular split for the whole year.
LCS Format will not have Spring & Summer anymore
According to Travis Gafford, the North American League will not have the division of the splits between Spring & Summer. One big regular season will cover the whole year, starting from January ( around the time the spring split usually starts ) & ending around the same time the format does now.
Due to the presence of MSI, they will likely hold a Spring Tournament, where the top 6 teams will participate & try to win their spot at the tournament.
In addition, the league will increase the number of games overall played: teams will play against each other respectively 5 times ( instead of four from the old format ). This also means that the games broadcasted every week will rise: 5 games every day from Friday to Sunday. Surely very good news for both the LCS’ fans & for the teams, since they will get more practice & hopefully a higher level of competition.
Changes will also be Implemented on the Academy League
While the LCS will get bigger, the Academy League will instead shrink. Players & games played will probably be less than what they’re now, meaning that also their format will go through modifications.
What they’re trying to achieve is creating a competition between Academy & amateurs, hoping to grow the overall level of the players, with the addition of new talents & developing the more established ones.
All these changes have the common goal of elevating the overall competition in NA, after some poor results at Worlds 2020.
While the changes have not been confirmed, it looks like they’re trying to finally fix some of the issues the NA League had for years.
Season 11 will be so different with the new Items as well, so let’s hope for more entertaining gameplay & even more competition!
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