The League of Legends Pro League, or LPL for short, is the top level league from China, and you probably knew that already. Even though we are swamped with the news about EU and NA leagues, the LPL is incredibly powerful. That’s why fans from North America and Europe watch LPL regularly. The Spring Split has already started. We bring you all the info you should know about 2018 LPL.
LPL 2018 | Facts
- 2 Regions: East and West
- 7 teams per region
- All matches will be streamed live
- Bets and odds available for all matches
- All matches in regular season are Best-of-3
- Each team plays 19 matches.
- Double Round Robin within own group
- Single Round Robin against other group
- Each team plays 19 matches.
- Playoffs are played in Best-of-5
- Spring Split Dates: 01/15/2018 – 04/08/2018
- LPL 2018: 10 Weeks in Spring Split 2018 (up to 14 matches / week)
- Spring Split Playoffs: TBD
- Spring Split Champions get ticket to the MSI 2018
- Summer Split Dates: TBA
- Summer Split Playoffs: TBA
- Summer Split Champions get ticket to LoL Worlds 2018
- Hashtags: #LPL2018 #LPL
The LPL Spring Split started on January 15, 2018, and ends on April 8. The league will take place over six days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Battles start at 5 pm CST (Chinese Standard Time) or 1 am PST. For European fans, it means they can watch LPL at 10 am CET. The schedule is same for every day, but Sunday when you’ll be able to watch your favorite teams from China at 2 pm CST/10pm PST/7am CET.
Upcoming matches and LPL betting odds
LOL – LPL Spring Split
|Start||Team 1||Odds||Team 2||Odds|
|02/23/2018 09:00||Topsports Gaming||1.57||Vici Gaming||2.25|
|02/23/2018 12:00||OMG||1.66||Invictus Gaming||2.10|
|02/24/2018 09:00||JD Gaming||1.33||FunPlus Phoenix||3.25|
|02/24/2018 12:00||LGD Gaming||2.25||Bilibili Gaming||1.57|
|02/25/2018 09:00||Invictus Gaming||1.28||Snake||3.50|
|02/25/2018 12:00||Royal Never Give Up||1.72||Team WE||2.00|
Start Times shown in: GMT or GMT +1 during Summer Time
Betting Odds presented by Bet365. Read more about esports betting at Bet365
LPL 2018 | Standings after Day 3 | Week 4
|6||Royal Never Give Up||7||4||3|
|5||Oh My God||6||4||2|
Teams of the LpL Pro League 2018
The 2018 Spring Split starts with major changes in LPL. The league is franchised and involves 14 teams divided into conferences: West vs. East. Top four teams from each conference have the opportunity to advance to playoffs after 10 weeks of this competition.
The idea is to expand the league each year by promoting two teams from the LoL Development League (LDL) until LPL reaches the total of 20 teams by 2021.
Below, you can see tables with the list of teams and players at LPL this season.
Of 14 teams that are included in the league this year, three are geo-locked in West or East conferences based on the city of their Arena. OMG will play their home games at Chengdu (West) while SNAKE will host their battles in Chongqing (West). The arena where LGD Gaming will play their home games is in Hangzhou (East).
Format of the LpL China Pro League
The format of LPL is a best of three (Bo3) round robin and points are distributed based on the outcome. Each team gets +1 for Series victory or +0 for a loss.
Owners of the spot are determined by series points, head-to-head, and a number of wins. In case two or more teams have equal points, split head-to-head, a number of map wins, the owner of the spot will be determined via Bo3 tiebreaker.
Spring Split will take place over 10 weeks which are divided into different sections:
- Weeks 1-3 – first part of the Intraconference double round-robin
- Weeks 4-7 – Cross-Conference (West vs. East conference in a single round-robin)
- Weeks 8-10 – second part of the Intraconference double round-robin
The best thing about LPL is that they’ll use multiple streams to cover all the action. As a result, fans from different parts of the world will get to see many games and follow their favorite teams throughout the league. If you are interested in the EU and NA League take a look at the LCS 2018 Livestream.
The new season of LPL has begun and it brings expanded the selection of teams divided into two conferences. We can expect to see a lot of action and exciting battles. Plus, matches will be broadcasted on multiple streams which are also available in English. It’s never too late to tune in.