Which are the most important leagues in League of Legends? We will answer to this question in this article. League of Legends currently stands tall as a pioneer in the fast-growing esports industry. The esports scene of this legendary game is currently over a decade old and it still tops the charts with its viewership and ever-expanding fan base. It not only brought mainstream attention to esports in general but also assisted in laying the foundation for many well-known professional esports organizations such as Team Solo Mid (TSM), Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), and Cloud 9. The esports scene of League of Legends is backed by many official and unofficial tournaments all around the world.
The officially backed prospect of League of Legends is divided into regions; Europe, North America, South Korea, China, etc., and these regions have their own leagues namely; League of Legends European Championship (LEC), League Championship Series (LCS), Pro League (LPL), Champions Korea (LCK), Pacific Championship Series (PCS), Vietnam Championship Series (VCS), Campeonato Brasileiro (CBLOL), Continental League (LCL), Japan League (LJL), Liga Latinoamérica (LLA), Turkish Championship League (TCL) and Circuit Oceania (LCO).
And the best of these leagues get to participate in the official international events hosted by Riot Games such as Mid Seasonal Invitational (MSI), All-Stars, Rift Rivals, and League of Legends World Championship. However, out of these many events, there are a few that stands out as the LOL most important events due to their competitiveness, viewerships, and fan bases they are namely:
- Mid-Season Invitational (MSI)
- World Championship
League of Legends Pro League (LPL)
LPL is the most competitive level of League of Legends esports in China and currently takes a prominent spot in the entire international scene mainly because of the many talents this league has brought to the table. Just like any other League of Legends regional league, LPL also comes in 2 seasons, spring and summer, where the best get a chance at the next international event. This league debuted in 2013 and has been going on for over 8 years, also while managing to produce 2 World Champions along the way.
League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK)
LCK represents the top competitive level of League of Legends in South Korea and it’s known to have revolutionized the entire esports scene of League of Legends. LCK also comes twice a year in the names Spring Split and Summer Split where the champions get a shot at the next international event. LCK is currently one of the strongest leagues in the entire esports scene of the game since its debut in 2015. However, before LCK was officially formed, the League of Legends esports scene in South Korea has prospered massively and is also responsible for bringing mainstream attention to esports in the early days.
League of Legends European Championship (LEC)
LEC stands out as one of the most entertaining leagues in the entire esports industry having everything from nail-biting matches to some of the best shoutcasting out there alongside parody rap songs. This league represents the top talents from the European region and it was initially called the European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) before it was later rebranded as LEC in 2018. The first season of this league debuted back in 2013 and has been returning twice a year ever since, also while giving the very best teams a spot at the next international event.
League of Legends Championship Series (LCS)
LCS is the very first official tournament series brought by Riot Games to the League of Legends esports scene and represented the talents from Canada and the United States. The first season of this league debuted back in 2013 under the name North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) and has managed to produce some of the leading esports organizations in the world such as TSM and Cloud 9. The “North American” part from its name was dropped in 2018 and since then this series is known as the LCS.
Mid-Season Invitational (MSI)
Mid-Season Invitational is the very first international event of each year and the champions of each region get a spot in it to compete for a grand prize, an iconic trophy, and the title itself. This annual event made had its inauguration back in 2015 and has been happening ever since except for 2020. (canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) Even though the tournament has seen some major changes to its format over the years, one thing that has been consistent is its bonus prize for the champion; a guaranteed spot at the World Championship.
League of Legends World Championship
The League of Legends World Championship is the main event of each year featuring only the very best teams from each region. It’s commonly known as “Worlds” and it is famous for its grand opening ceremonies and nailbiting matches. This tournament not only features millions of dollars in cash for the winners but also an iconic grand trophy to commemorate the victory. It is also the most-watched and the most influential esports tournament in the world and each year the viewership keeps growing. The tournament also comes with various games and events for spectators as well, making it one of the most entertaining esports tournaments out there.