Toady is the last day of the North American LCS Summer Split Playoffs and LoL Worlds is about to start in a little more than 2 weeks from now! So Season 4 is coming closer to it’s end and Season 5 bring a lot of changes to the LCS. Riot aims to expand the number of teams in the LCS next season, more teams qualify for Worlds, former start players retire from the scene, and more in this week’s LCS Newsfeed.
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Riot Games to Expand Number of Teams Next LCS Season
Season 5 will see great things for LCS as Riot Games have officially announced that the number of teams in the LCS for both regions will expand from eight to ten. This means that the teams relegated in the Promotion Tournament will have a safety net before they are out for good. That safety net is called the Expansion Tournament. The Expansion Tournament will help fill the spots for the new teams. The tournament will happen after Worlds and will have teams that were part of the Promotion Tournament. Teams who lost the Promotion Tournament will have a second chance at entering the LCS via the Expansion Tournament where they will face teams from the Challenger Series. The official dates as well as the structure and the format of the tournament is still under wraps and will be announced soon after Worlds.
With the ongoing experiment for Season 5, Riot has also announced that they are planning on replacing the current structure of the LCS points system and make way for Circuit Points. The team with the most points either win the tournament or gets a seed in the next split which will surely help their standings towards the next World Championships. Other regions (like OGN)have used the circuit points system and have produced high quality games. Riot Games has been pursuing this for quite some time now and aims to cut down the gruesome weeks of a normal LCS split.
With the introduction of the circuit points and the expansion of the number of teams in the LCS next season, it looks like season 5 is shaping to be better than the previous seasons. For more updates, stay tuned.
More Teams Qualify For Worlds
As the Season 4 World Championships draw closer and closer, more teams have qualified this week. Previously, Taipei Assassins, Fnatic, Alliance, SK Gaming, Dark Passage, and Samsung Galaxy Blue secured the spot for Worlds. Now, more teams have joined the ever growing list starting with AHQ eSports Club who won the Southeast Asia Regional Qualifiers. Samsung Galaxy White bested SKT T1 K in the Tiebreaker Tournament while Najin White Shield destroyed the former World Champions in the Korean Regionals. Meanwhile, Kabum! eSports Club from Brazil have also qualified for the second spot of the Wildcard Tournament after besting PEX. And this week, the North American LCS have also named their teams to send for Worlds with LMQ, Cloud 9, and TSM. Now, everyone waits in bated breath as the Chinese region will announce their teams this week.
WeiXiao: Another Professional Player Retires
World Elite’s AD carry WeiXiao has finally called it quits with professional gaming as he has announced to retire from the scene yesterday. WeiXiao has been part of the OGN team since Season 2 and has provided many entertaining games in the past. With World Elite in a slump, it only takes a matter of time before players are in danger of being released for new talents to take over. In his official statment he says that he made his decision after his team failed to qualify for the League of Legends World Championship 2014 but will stil stay close to WE to help them through this difficult situation.
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