Before the start of the 2020 season, Riot Games has made some big changes to the LEC playoff format, as well as the way Championship Points will be handed out in the future.
While the regular season is keeping the same format and six League of Legends teams will make the playoffs as per usual, the new postseason format will ensure that the squads that reach the finals have truly earned their spots by having both finalists win at least two best-of-five series beforehand.
Match one: First seed chooses to play against either the third or fourth-seeded teams.
Match two: Second seed plays whichever team wasn’t not chosen for Match One.
Match three: The fifth and sixth seed face off.
Match four: The lowest seeded team that loses in match one or two plays the winner of Match Three.
Match five: The winners of Match One and Two face off in the winners bracket.
Match six: The winner of Match Four plays the highest-seeded loser in Matches One and Two.
Match seven: The winner of Match Six plays the loser of Match Five.
Match eight: The winner of Match Seven moves on to face the undefeated team from the winners bracket for the LEC championship.
As for Championship Points, teams in the Spring Split will earn points based on their performance during the playoffs. In the summer, however, teams will only earn points for their performances during the regular season.
These points will then seed the top six teams into the playoffs, which means that European World Championship spots will be determined solely by 2020 Summer Playoff performances. This also marks the end of the LEC’s regional qualifiers.
These changes should help provide fans with a much more exciting season since the Summer Split’s regular season games now have a huge impact on the playoffs and Worlds qualification.