About EU LCS
ABOUT EU LCS
The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is the preeminent League of Legends esports league in North America and Europe. Each LCS league (NA and EU) is comprised of 10 teams facing every other team twice over the course of the season, for a total of 18 matches each. The competition stretches across two splits, Spring and Summer. For the spring split, matches are played in a Best of 1 format. For the summer split, matches will be played in a Best of 2 format. Read about the format changes here.
Teams playing in the Bo2 format are awarded points depending on the result of each Bo2:
- Win - 3 points
- Draw - 1 point
- Loss - 0 points
- If two or more teams hold the same point record, the standing will be decided by amount of matches won
- If the teams have the same amount of matches won, ties will be broken by Head to Head record
- If still tied, tiebreaker matches will be played to determine final standings
LCS playoffs are comprised of six teams in a seeded single elimination tournament. All matches are Best of 5 format. A third/fourth place match is played.
Starting with the 2015 LCS season, NA and EU leagues will utilize Championship Points (otherwise known to some as circuit points) for World Championship qualification. The Championship Point system ensures that teams always play their best and allows for better alignment with other international leagues.
Here's how an LCS Team qualifies for Worlds:
- 1st place team of the Summer Split will automatically qualify (AQ) for Worlds as the first seed from that region.
- The team that has accrued the most championship points throughout the season will also qualify for Worlds as the second seed.
- In the event that multiple teams are tied in the standings at the conclusion of the Summer Split, then the team that gained the most points in the Summer Split will be considered the holder of the tiebreaker.
- The final spot for Worlds will be determined at the NA and EU Regional Qualifiers, the winners of which will be the third seeds of their respective regions.
Points will be awarded in the following way:
How to Watch
You can attend matches live every week at the NA LCS studio in Santa Monica, CA, or the EU LCS studio in Berlin, Germany. Click on the "Tickets" tab for more information on seeing the LCS in person. You can also watch the LCS live every week on lolesports or on our spoiler-free vods page once the match is finished.