LoL esports represents professional League of Legends on a global scale. Primarily it includes the five major professional leagues from around the globe:
- North America: NA LCS
- Europe: EU LCS
- Korea: OGN The Champions (OGN)
- China: League of Legends Pro League (LPL)
- South East Asia: Garena Premier League (GPL)
LCSThe LCS is an 8-team league where teams will play 28 games - four single-game matches against each of the other seven teams in the league. At the end of the regular season split, the top two teams earn a bye into the playoffs. The 3rd through 6th seeded teams play in the wildcard round. The winners advance to play the top two seeds while the losers play in a 5th-place match. The loser of the 5th-place match drops to relegation matches along with the two teams that failed to make the playoffs where three challenger teams attempt to knock them out of the LCS in the Promotion Tournament. After the first split of the season, the following split will follow the same outlines with the exception of the playoff format. Based on the playoff results, the top teams will earn a trip to the 2014 World Championships in South Korea.
LPLThe LPL is the premier league in China. It is an 8-team league that plays 21 games per season, three against each other team in the league. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams advance to the playoffs. The bottom two teams are relegated out of the league, where they will have to requalify through another national competition.
GPLThe GPL is the premier league in Southeast Asia. It is a 12 team league that plays 10 games per season in two groups. Each team plays each other team twice in the season. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams from each group advance to the knockout stages. Teams qualify into the GPL through regional competitions in their home countries.
OGNThe OGN Champions is the premier league in Korea. It is comprised of 16 teams that are separated into four groups. In the Group Stage, the four teams will play against each other in a set of 2 matches, earning three points for a win (2-0), one point for a split (1-1) and zero points for a loss (0-2). The bottom two teams are relegated to the NLB qualifiers while the top two teams from each group will advance to the playoff stage where they play in a best of 5 series against teams from other groups. Circuit points are earned based off where the teams finish and are carried over across each season of Champions.
Challenger SeriesThe Challenger Series is a talent building league and a direct circuit into the LCS. Twenty teams from the Challenger ladder will be placed into five brackets of four teams each, where the top five teams will be placed into Challenger Series #1. The teams will then play in a single elimination bracket; the top three teams from this bracket will qualify into Challenger Series #2, where they will be joined by another five teams from a twenty team qualifier identical to the one for Challenger Series #1. Teams earn points from finishes in each Challenger Series. The top six teams with the most points will compete against each other, where the top three will earn a spot in the next LCS Promotion Tournament. For a visual overview, click here.
How to Watch
LCSThe LCS is broadcasted Thursday through Sunday. The European LCS is broadcasted Thursday and Friday at 19:00 CET / 10:00am PST while the North American LCS is broadcasted Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm PST / 21:00 CET The live stream is viewable on lolesports.com via multiple stream providers, such as Twitch, Azubu, and YouTube. Multiple languages can also be found on lolesports.com You can find VoD coverage of past matches here. To watch NA LCS matches live in person, visit the studio in Manhattan Beach, California, USA at
- 1600 Rosecrans Avenue
- Stage 22
- Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
- Am Coloneum 1
- 50829 Cologne
- 0221 2501000
LPLThe LPL currently has no English broadcast, but you can see every match live, as well as VoDs, in Chinese on the LPL website.
GPLThe Garena Premier League is usually broadcasted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00AM Pacific Time / 11:00 CET. You can watch the matches live and check out VoDs and team information here.
OGNOGN The Champions league is usually broadcasted Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:30AM Pacific Time / 10:30AM CET You can watch the matches live and watch VoDs at the OGN Twitch page.
Challenger SeriesThe Challenger Series will air following each LCS broadcast in it’s respective region.