While the Regular Season will keep the double-round-robin, best-of-1 format, we’ve changed up the LEC Play-offs for 2020.
Once again, the top six teams will move to the play-offs but the top seeded teams won’t have as easy a path to the final. This means both finalists will now have to win at least two matches to reach the grand final.
As always, every series in Play-offs will be a best-of-5.
Match 1: the 1st seeded team gets to pick their opponent between the 3rd and 4th seeded teams
Match 2: the 2nd seeded team plays the 3rd or 4th seeded team, which was not chosen on Match 1
Match 3: Teams seeded 5 and 6 collide
Match 4: The lowest seed team losing in Matches 1 & 2 plays the winner of Match 3
Match 5: The winners of Match 1 and 2 face each other in the winners bracket
Match 6: The winner of Match 4 plays the highest seed losing in Matches 1 & 2
Match 7: The winner of Match 6 plays the loser of Match 5
Match 8: The emerging victor of Match 7 progresses to the grand final to compete against the only remaining undefeated team from the winners’ bracket, with everything on the line.
We’ve also tweaked the way Championship Points will be awarded. Our goal was to ensure that Spring means more than just who will qualify to MSI, while still structuring our format in a way that sends the best European teams to Worlds.
In Spring, teams will still earn Championship Points based on their performance in the Play-offs - just like in 2019. The distribution of points will be as follows:
- #1 = 90
- #2 = 70
- #3 = 50
- #4 = 30
- #5 = 20
- #6 = 10
For Summer, however, Championship Points will only be awarded for performance in the Regular Season. These points will then be used to seed the top 6 teams of the Regular Season into the Summer Play-offs. Points will be awarded for Summer Regular Season as follows:
- #1 = 140
- #2 = 100
- #3 = 70
- #4 = 50
- #5 = 30
- #6 = 20
This means that Championship Points will not be used as a way for teams to qualify for Worlds. All of the European slots at the World Championships in 2020 will be determined only by performance in the Summer Play-Offs, with Championship Points determining how easy (or how hard) of a path to Worlds each team will have.
This also means that we’re saying goodbye to the Regional Qualifier, which won’t be taking place this year.
We hope you'll find the new format even more exciting than what you’ve seen before. We’ve worked closely with the LEC teams to discuss what works best for them, their players, and the community, and the entire league is excited about the changes we’ve made. Check out the video for a visual guide, and if you have any questions about the new play-offs structure, let us know in the comments below or tweet me at @RiotMaxTheX.