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)
These leagues, plus international qualifiers from regions not represented above, feed into the World Championship that occurs annually between the best teams in the world.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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How to Watch
The 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
Parking is available across the street at the Marriott hotel. At the studio, you will have your parking validated for a discounted rate of $12.
To watch EU LCS matches live in person, visit the studio in Cologne, Germany at
- Am Coloneum 1
- 50829 Cologne
- 0221 2501000
Tram Line no. 5, Station "Sparkasse/Am Butzweiler Hof". This tram has a direct connection to Köln Hauptbahnhof. Tram schedules can be found here
Parking is possible in front of our main entrance on P1 and/or P2. There is a discounted rate of 5 valid for all day parking by using the special "Veranstaltungstarif" (Event rate).
The LPL currently has no English broadcast, but you can see every match live, as well as VoDs, in Chinese on the LPL website.
The 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.
OGN 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.
The Challenger Series will air following each LCS broadcast in its respective region.
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”).
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”).