About

About

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: North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS)
  • Europe: European League of Legends Championship Series LCS (EU LCS)
  • Korea: League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK)
  • China: League of Legends Pro League (LPL)
  • Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao: League Master Series (LMS)

These leagues, plus international qualifiers from regions not represented above, feed into the annual World Championship.

LCS

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is divided into two regions: North America and Europe. Each 10-team league competes over nine weeks, with every team facing one another twice per split, for a total of 18 games each. The regular season is played in a Best of 2 Round Robin format, with each team playing once a day. You can watch the LCS live every Thursday through Sunday on Lolesports or on our spoiler-free VODs page once each match is finished.

  • EU LCS: Airs every Thursday and Friday at 9:00am PST/18:00 CET.
  • NA LCS: Airs every Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm PST/ 21:00 CET.

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 2015 World Championship.

This season, LCS teams will receive championship points based on their performance in the LCS playoffs each split. The points will be used to determine seeding for the World Championship and Regional Qualifiers for North America and Europe.

The NA and EU LCS Playoffs will take place over a three week period with each round of matches (Quarters, Semis, and Final) taking place on separate weekends. All playoff matches will be a Best of 5. The NA and EU Spring Split Playoffs will take place over the following weekends:

  • NA and EU Spring Playoffs, Quarters: April 4-5
  • NA and EU Spring Playoffs, Semis: April 11-12
  • NA and EU Spring Playoffs, 3rd and Final: April 18-19

At the end of the season, the top seven teams will automatically re-qualify for the LCS. The 8th and 9th place LCS teams will then play in a Promotion Tournament against the 2nd and 3rd place Challenger Series (CS) teams to retain their spot in the LCS. The 8th place LCS team will get their choice of CS opponent. The 10th place LCS team will automatically be relegated to the Challenger Series, while the 1st place Challenger team will automatically qualify for the LCS. You can find more information on the 2015 LCS changes here.

LCK

League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) is the premier league in Korea. It is comprised of two six-week splits. It is an 8-team league played in a Best of 3 Double Round Robin format. At the end of the LCK season, the top four teams advance to the playoffs. Regular season matches of LCK will be live on Lolesports:

  • Wednesdays: 1:00am PST / 10:00 CET / 18:00 KST
  • Fridays: 12:00am PST / 9:00 CET / 17:00 KST
  • Saturdays: 12:00am PST / 9:00 CET/ 17:00 KST

LPL

The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) is the premier league in China. It is a 12-team league, with every team facing one another twice per split. The regular season is played in a Best of 2 Round Robin format.

Teams receive points based on their performance in the LPL. Teams that 2-0 their opponent earn three points, while teams that go 1-1 earn one point. The top eight teams with the most points at the end of the season advance to the playoffs, while the bottom four will go on to compete in the 2015 LPL Summer Promotion tournament. Regular season matches of LPL will be live on Lolesports:

  • Thursdays: 9:00pm PST / Fridays 6:00 CET/ Fridays 13:00 CST
  • Fridays: 9:00pm PST / Saturdays 6:00 CET/ Saturdays 13:00 CST
  • Saturdays: 9:00pm PST / Sundays 6:00 CET/ Sundays 13:00 CST

LMS

The League Master Series (LMS) is the premier league in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. It is an 8-team league played in a Best of 1 Round Robin format with each team playing one another three times per split. The top four teams with the most points at the end of the season advance to the playoffs, while the bottom four will go on to compete in a single-elimination Promotion Tournament.

How to Watch

LCS

You can watch the LCS live every Thursday through Sunday on Lolesports or on our spoiler-free VODs page once each match is finished.

  • EU LCS: Airs every Thursday and Friday at 9:00am PST/18:00 CET.
  • NA LCS: Airs every Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm PST/ 21:00 CET.

The live stream is also viewable via various stream providers, such as Twitch, Azubu, and YouTube. Multiple languages can also be found on Lolesports.

If you want to watch LCS matches live in person, here's how:

North America - Los Angeles, CA

NA LCS tickets are available on Eventbrite. The NA LCS studio is located at 12312 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Europe - Berlin, Germany

EU LCS tickets are available on Eventbrite.The EU LCS studio is located in Berlin at Am Studio 20D, Studio K/L, 12489 Berlin (Adlershof).

To help plan your trip to the new studios, the full Spring Split schedule is available here.

LCK

Regular season matches of LCK will be live on Lolesports:

  • Wednesdays: 1:00am PST / 10:00 CET / 18:00 KST
  • Fridays: 12:00am PST / 9:00 CET / 17:00 KST
  • Saturdays: 12:00am PST / 9:00 CET/ 17:00 KST

LPL

Regular season matches of LPL will be live on Lolesports:

  • Thursdays: 9:00pm PST / Fridays 6:00 CET/ Fridays 13:00 CST
  • Fridays: 9:00pm PST / Saturdays 6:00 CET/ Saturdays 13:00 CST
  • Saturdays: 9:00pm PST / Sundays 6:00 CET/ Sundays 13:00 CST

Challenger Series

Both the NA and EU Challenger Series will air on Wednesday in 2015. Matches will be live on Lolesports:

  • EU Challenger: 9am PST / 6pm CET
  • NA Challenger: 6pm PST / 3am CET

Rules

LCS Rules - Introduction and Purpose

These Official Rules (“Rules”) of the League of Legends Championship Series (“LCS”) apply to each of the teams who have qualified to play in the LCS in 2014, as well as their managers, coaches, players, and other employees. Season Three of the LCS will be divided into two halves (“splits”). Each split will consist of three phases (a) a regular season, (b) playoffs, which will be at the conclusion of the regular season, and (c) a promotion/relegation tournament after the playoffs are conducted. The top teams from the LCS division in North America, the LCS division in Europe, and from other regions around the world will advance to the Season Three League of Legends World Championship. These Rules apply only to official LCS play and not to other competitions, tournaments or organized play of League of Legends (“LoL” or the “game”).

League of Legends Championship Series LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, has established these Rules for the competitive play of LoL in order to unify and standardize the rules used in LCS competitive play.

These Rules are designed solely to ensure the integrity of the system established by the LCS for professional play of LoL and a competitive balance among the teams that play at the professional level. Standardized rules benefit all parties who are involved in the professional play of LoL, including the teams, players and general managers.

These Rules do not restrict competition for players. The terms of engagement between players and teams are left to each of the teams and its players and are set forth in written agreements between a team and each of its players (“Player Agreement”).

The complete LCS Rules document can be downloaded here.

For a breakdown of changes and updates, visit our changelog.

Challenger Series Rules

These Official Rules (“Rules”) of the League of Legends Challenger Series (“CS”) apply to each of the teams who have qualified to play in the CS in 2014, as well as their managers, coaches, players, and other employees. The 2014 Season of the CS will be divided into two halves (“splits”). Each split will consist of three phases (a) Series 1, (b) Series 2 and (c) the CS Playoffs, after which the top three teams will advance to compete against the bottom three teams from the LCS in the Promotion Tournament. These Rules apply only to official CS play and not to other competitions, tournaments or organized play of League of Legends (“LoL” or the “game”).

The complete CS Rules document can be downloaded here.

For a breakdown of changes and updates, visit our changelog.