LMS: The New SEA League of Legends Master Series

LMS Logo League of LegendsLMS is a new league for the upcoming Season 5 by Garena, the leading League of Legends distributor in the Southeast Asia (SEA) region. They are partners with Riot Games and with the recently concluded World Championship 2014 and the end of the 2014 season; new plans for the future of League of Legends are on its way. An announcement was made by Garena last October 2014 about plans of creating a new league to separate Taiwan, Hongkong, and Macau from the rest of the Southeast Asia and from the GPL series. The League of Legends Master Series (LMS), a new weekly circuit based from the League of Legends Championship Series in Europe and North America, will be the new circuit of the said regions.

News and more about the LMS:

LMS teams at LoL Worlds

LMS Regional Qualifiers for Worlds 2015

LMS Summer Split Playoffs 2015

LMS Spring Playoffs

The LMS Regions:

Teams from Taiwan, Hongkong, and Macau will be automatically transferred to the new League of Legends Master Series (LMS).

Teams from Taiwan have always been the dominating force of the Garena Premier League series since its launch in 2012. The regional quota of 2 slots in the GPL and a single seed in the World Championship every year temporarily offset the dominance of the Taiwanese teams, but these conditions were not enough as the slots of the Southeast Asia in the World Championship 2014 were both filled by Taiwanese teams.

This move by Garena and Riot Games was to allow other teams to have a chance at claiming the top slot for their respective circuit and eventually securing a slot for the World Championship.

Kevin Pai, a Riot representative said “basically, we wanted to give more exposure and more chances for the teams in different regions,” and he added “back in the GPL last year, we had to eliminate a lot of strong teams in Taiwan and Vietnam, even in Singapore. In order to solve that, we figured that maybe it’s time for us to provide both GPL and LMS to give more chances to these teams.”

Kevin Pai even explained that they were other predicaments when conducting leagues and tournaments from different regions such connection issues. “That’s the first reason. The second reason is that we had a lot of physical issues with connections, like a cable cut in Vietnam,” he said. “That’s something we want to solve by splitting the LMS and GPL.”

Teams from Taiwan, Hongkong, and Macau will be automatically transferred to the new League of Legends Master Series and the remaining slots will be filled by qualifiers. Garena has just opened a new esports stadium in Taipei that will provide aspiring and professional teams to experience the sensation of playing in a real arena.

“Basically we’re running more offline events for the LMS, which will be entirely offline,” clarified Pai. “For the qualifier, the LMS will have an online tournament — for those in Taipei, they’ll have to go to the esports stadium. And for those in Hong Kong and Macau, they will play from a place we choose to play from. But after the qualifiers, sometime around January, all of the teams will fly to Taiwan and fight all of their matches in Taipei,” explained by Cody Shen, Taiwan and SEA esports manager.

The League of Legends Nova League, an exclusive league in Taiwan, will be replaced by the new League of Legends Master Series (LMS). Riot Games and Garena are still discussing the slots of each region in the World Championship.

Better Player Support

This scenario will benefit the teams from the LMS and improve the esports industry in Taiwan, Hongkong, and Macau. Financial support is provided to all teams, and each team has an allocation of 200,000 NTD (New Taiwan Dollar) which does not include prize money. Teams from Hongkong and Macau are provided with accommodation and flight; each team will get 60,000 NTD.

Garena aims to provide the LMS teams from Taiwan, Hongkong, and Macau that much needed assistance to propel them to a much higher competitive level. The League of Legends Master Series and the Garena Premier League will have 2 seasons per year, spring and summer.

The qualifiers for the League of Legends Master Series will begin on November 19, 2014. The top 16 teams of Taiwan, Hongkong, and Macau will battle it out for a slot in the new League of Legends Master Series.

A bright future awaits the Southeast Asian teams in the LMS and GPL and we are sure that the first betting odds for the LMS will be available soon!