LCS Overhaul: Best-of-3 Series Return and New Playoff Format for Summer Split

LCS Overhaul: Best-of-3 Series Return and New Playoff Format for Summer Split

4. June 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is set for a thrilling transformation as the 2024 Summer Split introduces significant changes to its format, promising an exciting season for North American fans.

Best-of-3 Format for Regular Season

In a move inspired by extensive fan feedback and successful models in other regions like the LPL and LCK, the LCS will adopt a single round-robin, best-of-three (Bo3) format for the regular season. Commissioner Mark “MarkZ” Zimmerman announced this change, highlighting the league’s commitment to a “Fan First” approach.

“Firstly, we remain committed to our ‘Fan First’ approach, prioritizing the desires of our audience and the competitive interests of our teams,” said Riot Games. “We also believe best-of-three formats offer teams the opportunity to showcase their skills and strategies in more matches on stage, focusing on a single opponent each week.”

This format is expected to enhance the competitive atmosphere, allowing teams to display a broader range of strategies and adaptability over multiple games, thus creating more engaging and high-stakes matches for viewers.

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Revamped Playoff Format

The playoffs are also getting a major overhaul, designed to amplify the intensity and narrative potential of the postseason. All teams that qualify for the Summer Split playoffs will start in the winners bracket, with a gauntlet-style lower bracket providing the opportunity for dramatic comeback stories.

Key features of the new playoff format include:

  • First-Round Byes: The top two seeds from the regular season will receive a first-round bye, rewarding their regular-season performance.
  • Top Seed Advantage: The top-seeded team will have the privilege of choosing their side of the upper bracket, giving them a strategic edge.
  • Potential Playoff Runs: The top team might only need to win two series to reach the LCS Championship, while another team could play up to five series if they navigate through the lower bracket.

This structure not only rewards consistent performance during the regular season but also allows for epic underdog stories as teams battle their way from the lower bracket to the finals.

LCS Summer Bracket Updated Dark

Road to Worlds 2024

With three spots at Worlds 2024 up for grabs, the stakes are higher than ever. The new format is set to deliver intense competition and unforgettable moments as teams vie for a chance to represent North America on the global stage.

Final Toughts

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15, as the LCS Summer Split kicks off with these exciting new changes. Get ready for a season filled with strategic depth, fierce competition, and the potential for spectacular upsets.

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