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The LCS trophy on a plinth at the LCS Spring Split 2023 finals in Los Angeles.
Photo by Reece Martinez via Riot Games

When does the 2023 LCS Summer Split start?

Four teams will attend Worlds—assuming there are no more delays.

North America’s premier League of Legends season enters its second split for the calendar year in June with the LCS Summer Split.

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The Spring Split saw Cloud9 stave off a miracle lower bracket run from Golden Guardians to take home the trophy, with both squads earning a spot at April’s Mid-Season Invitational in London. While Golden Guardians survived the Play-In and join C9 at the main event, neither managed to take series wins against opponents from the LCK, LPL, or LEC.

All eyes turn toward June’s launch of the Summer Split, which will see storied organization TSM make its final appearance in the LCS after announcing it would be moving to another major League region following 2023’s season conclusion.

2023 LCS Summer Split start date: season launch, delays, and more

The Cloud9 League of Legends team lift the trophy at the LCS 2023 Spring Split finals.
Cloud9 will look to go back-to-back in the LCS. Photo by Marv Watson via Riot Games

The 2023 LCS Summer Split will begin on Wednesday, June 14 with games every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the next eight weeks. This follows Riot and the LCS Players Association (LCSPA) reaching an agreement regarding the future of League esports in North America, particularly that affecting the developmental scene.

Initially, the LCS was supposed to resume on June 1, opening with a Spring Split rematch between Cloud9 and Golden Guardians on the Thursday matchday.

However, following a collective vote and subsequent walkout by the LCSPA following Riot Games’ decision to scrap mandatory participation in the second division of NA League, the split was pushed back by two weeks.

Related: Here’s the 2023 LCS Summer Split match schedule

The split will culminate in another iteration of the LCS Championship, with its lower bracket finals and grant finals matches heading to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Aug. 19 and 20.

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