About the LEC
What is the LEC and how does it work?
The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) is the preeminent League of Legends esports league in Europe. The LEC is comprised of 10 teams facing every other team twice over the course of the season, for a total of 18 matches each. Matches are played in a Best of 1 format, with each team playing once per day. The competition stretches across two splits, Spring and Summer.
- If two teams have the same record, ties will be broken by Head to Head record
- If Head to Head records are identical, destroyed nexus turrets will be taken into consideration
- If still tied, a tiebreaker game will be played
The LEC Playoffs are comprised of the top six teams from the Regular Season battling it out in a seeded tournament.
In the first round the third seed will choose to face either the fifth or sixth seed in Match 1 and the fourth seed will face the fifth/sixth seed which has not been chosen in Match 2. The winning teams will advance to the second round, the losing teams will be eliminated. In the second round the two teams advancing from the first round will play each other in Match 3. In Match 4, the first and second seeds will play against each other. In the third round the winner of Match 5 will advance to the final, where they will play against the winner of Match 4.
For a visual breakdown, check out our Playoffs Format Explainer video below.
The LEC utilizes Championship 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 LEC 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 Regional Qualifier, the winners of which will be the third seeds of their respective regions.
Points will be awarded in the following way:
|Place||Spring Split||Summer Split|
When does the LEC begin and how can I watch it?
The LEC begins on Friday January 18th 2019, and the Regular Season continues for 9 weeks on every Friday and Saturday until March 16th 2019.
You can attend matches live every week at the LEC studio in Berlin, Germany. Click on the Tickets tab for more information on seeing the LEC in person. You can also watch the LEC live every week on lolesports or on our spoiler-free vods page once the matches are finished.