Summer Split 2016 and YOU
League of Legends fans rejoice; June 2, 2016, mark your calendars as we return to the rift for the League Championship Series Summer Split 2016 in Europe and America. But what is this? There appears to have been some changes along the way from the previous split in the regions. In a remarkable turn of events, we will now be seeing teams take on a best of two match style in Europe and a best of three match style in the United States of America in a move that will definitely test the might of the teams coming into the split, but what can we hope to expect from these changes?
For one, we can expect to see more than one stream cropping up at the time of matches, meaning a choice between two matches to watch at a given time; fans will no longer have the luxury of seeing each match happen one after another with all teams that play on a single day. This split will give more choice to a viewer to view the match they want each day and choose which team to follow instead of being forced. Whether that is a good or a bad thing is up to you as the viewer to decide.
As for the way the matches will be done themselves, it is sure to test the grit of the EU and US teams who are so predominantly used to a best of one series. With the changes in both regions, bringing it more akin to the Korean and Chinese system, the series system will tax the teams to perform under the dire circumstances that might transpire, the theory being that it will make the regions more competitive on the world's stage when it comes to fighting other regions at events like the Mid-Season Invitational and the World Championships themselves due to the format being similar in the knockout stage of the structure the summer split will now be taking. It is also worth noting that Riot is using the mixed best of two and best of three structure to see which is better in the long run before implementing one single style for the foreseeable future in both regions.
We are sure to see a lot of mind games come out with the new changes. A victory by an opposing team can be devastating for some, so going into the next leg may provide dire consequences. But on the other scale, a huge win can provide an ego boost which leads them open for a demolishing comeback in the next set. Mind games between pros, ban phases and the mental strain that comes with high-velocity decisions in the heat of battle will begin to take their toll on teams not cut out for the format week by week moving into the knockout stages.
It is sure to be a busy split and as we look far into the future with worlds places on the line, it will be interesting to see which teams cope with the new split structure and who will come out on top in the end. Will your team make it to the finals? Which team will fall under pressure? Guess there is only one way to find out...