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LCS 2022 changes the format of the game


Nov 21, 2021
LCS 2022 changes the format of the game

After considering recommendations from franchise organizations and the North American Players Association, Riot has decided to change the competition format in the 2022 LCS season.


LCS 2022 will start from January 14 with the Lock In Tournament. Lock In has been a great success in 2021, and there will be no changes in 2022. Accordingly, 10 LCS teams will be divided into two groups of 5 teams each. Lock In competes in a round-robin format (Bo1) to choose the four strongest teams to participate in the final round.

100 Thieves (Group A) and Team Liquid (Group B) will have the right to choose their opponents in each group. Unlike 2021, the entire Lock In Tournament will be held via LCS Studios’ LAN server. The Lock In final has scheduled to take place on January 30. The winning team will receive the championship trophy and 150,000 USD in prize money.

The 2022 Spring Split will officially start on January 14

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The Spring and Summer LCS will be played in a round-robin within eight weeks. Each week only plays on Saturday and Sunday (5 matches/day). After the usual two weeks, there will be 1 “Super Weeks.” Here, the teams will play one more Friday (5 matches/day). Spring group stage results no longer carry over to Summer. In addition, Riot also added one week of rest between the group stage and playoffs for the teams.

Overview of the timeline of LCS 2022

The LCS Spring Playoffs are a competition between 6 teams. The LCS Spring Split Champion Team represented North America at the Mid-Season Invitational.

The playoff format remains the same. Accordingly, the 5th and 6th seeds will compete in a BO5 knockout, while the top 4 seeds will play in a win-lose bracket format. The 1st seed has the right to choose the 3rd or 4th seed as an opponent in the first round. As expected by Riot, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas will be the venue for the losing bracket final and the grand final (held on April 23 or April 24).

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In order for the LCS representative at MSI to have more time to rest and prepare, Riot also decided to delay the start of the Summer Split by one week. The 8 strongest teams of the summer will qualify for the playoffs. Here, they will compete for the LCS championship and three tickets to Worlds. Next week (November 21 – November 28), Riot will announce the specific venue for the 2022 Spring Split LCS.

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