LCS Undergoes Major Shift: The Departure of Two Iconic Teams

LCS Undergoes Major Shift: The Departure of Two Iconic Teams

21. November 2023 by Valentin Pasetti

The North American League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is set to undergo a significant transformation in 2024, with a reduction to only eight franchised teams. This marks the first time in the history of major leagues that so few contenders will compete.

Farewell to Two Historic Teams

  • Departing Teams: Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses.
  • Golden Guardians: Participated in MSI 2023 and were runners-up in LCS this year.
  • Evil Geniuses: Spring champions in 2022.

LCS recibe cambios para 2024 Evil Geniuses y Golden Guardians no continuaran en League of Legends1

Reasons Behind the Departures

  • Mutual Agreement: Both teams are leaving the competition through mutual consent.
  • Structural Changes: The departures are part of the broader changes in the North American LCS infrastructure and the disappearance of academy leagues.

Implications for the LCS Ecosystem

  • Impact on Competition: Teams like Cloud9, NRG, and Team Liquid face less competition, potentially dominating the league.
  • Unprecedented Format: An eight-team league is unusual in major leagues, making the upcoming LCS season potentially the most unique and imbalanced.

A New Chapter in North American League of Legends

The LCS’s transition to an eight-team format is a pivotal moment for North American League of Legends esports. Fans and stakeholders should prepare for a season unlike any other, with new dynamics and challenges shaping the future of the league.