The League of Legends European Championship (LEC) is League’s main esports tournament in Europe.
Ten teams face off against each other in the league for a chance to win large cash prizes, championship titles, and the opportunity to represent their region at international events like the Mid-Season Invitational and World Championships.
There are lots of details that you need to know to keep tabs on the competition over the months and it can sometimes feel a little daunting. That’s where we come in, however, and this viewer’s guide should help you dive right into the action.
Just like the NA LCS and most international League competitions, the LEC is streamed on Riot Games’ Twitch account with pre-game and post-game shows going live before and after the main action.
The LEC is a 10-team franchised league with some of the biggest esports organizations competing with their own lineup of players. These teams include:
- G2 Esports
- Team Vitality
- Schalke 04 Esports
- Excel Esports
- SK Gaming
The Spring Split double round-robin league is set to begin on Jan. 18, 2019, with matches taking place every Friday and Saturday. Playoffs will take place shortly after all the matches have concluded with the finals taking place sometime in the future.
The full spring 2019 schedule will be posted here as soon as it goes live.
In the LEC, 10 teams face off against each other twice over nine weeks in best-of-one matches. The six teams who win the most games at the end of the nine weeks enter the end-of-split playoff tournament.
At playoffs, the six teams enter a single-elimination tournament with the first and second-place teams from the split receiving a bye into the semifinals. Each match is a best-of-three game, and the team that reaches the top wins the championship.
The winning team in the spring also gains first seed entry into the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational. The winning team in the summer goes to Worlds as the region’s No. 1 seed. The team with the most championship points from both the Spring and Summer Split also goes to Worlds as the LEC’s second seed.