LCS Spring 2020 Preview

League of Legends Championship Series 2020

The LCS is set to start back up January 25th for the Spring Split. There have been some major updates to the format surrounding both Playoffs and the schedule overall. Spring will now count for less while Summer will count for more. On top of that there will now beMonday night League featuring two games considered to be “big” or important for the week.

LCS Regular Season Format

All ten teams meet each team twice.

Matches are played best of one.

LCS Playoff Formats 2020

Spring

  • Top six teams from Spring Season participate
  • Top 4 teams play in the winners' bracket
  • 5th and 6th play in the losers' bracket
  • Double elimination bracket
  • 1st seed picks between 3rd and 4th seed in Round 1
  • Matches are best of five
  • Winner qualifies for the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational

Summer

  • Top eight teams from Summer Season participate
  • Top two teams receive a bye to winners' bracket round 2
  • 3rd to 6th play in the winners' bracket
  • 7th and 8th play in the losers' bracket
  • Double elimination bracket
  • 1st seed picks between both round 1 winners
  • Matches are best of five
  • Top 3 teams qualify for the 2020 Season World Championship

LCS 2020 Teams

  • 100 Thieves
  • Cloud9
  • CLG
  • Dignitas
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FlyQuest
  • Golden Guardians
  • Immortals
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Solomid

The Prize Pool

Spring

As of now the only Spring Prize Pool is a spot at the Mid Season Invitational.

Summer

As of now the only Summer Prize Pool is 1st, 2nd, and third seed into the World Championship.

Teams

Team Liquid

The team has made only one roster change coming into the season and that was exchanging Jake “Xmithie” Puchero for Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pederson, previously the Jungle for Fnatic. Most consider this a side grade if not an upgrade and as the star studded roster remains mostly the same they should be considered favorites to keep their number 1 spot in the league. That is, after Broxah’s visa clears as it has not yet been cleared and so he is ineligible to play.

Cloud9

A lot of people consider Cloud9’s new roster a sidegrade on their roster from last year. They lost Zach “Sneaky” Schuderi as well as Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, the Honda MVP last year. They picked up in their stead Robert “Blaber” Huang, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Phillip “Vulcan” Laflamme. Each of these new players have a case to be made and could contend for a top spot as they always have, with Head Coach Bok “Reapered” Han-Gyu.

Team SoloMid

Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg has made the decision that he will be the one calling the shots for the team from now on. They have finally decided on a Jungler and after losing their AD in Zven they have picked up another EU AD in Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup and got Vincent “Biofrost” wang back in a trade with CLG. The Jungler they decided on was none other than Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett. This team is boom or bust but should be able to mold a new identity for themselves by the end of the year.

Counter Logic Gaming

One of League of Legends longest standing teams finds itself once again trying to swim out of the bottom of the barrel. Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes finds himself as the longest standing player for the org, but he is now supported by the likes of Andy “Smoothie” Ta and his Top and Mid lanes are held down by Kim “Ruin” Hyeong-min and Lee “Crown” Min-ho. While Crown may be a World Champion, he hasn’t had the best success in North America, which hopefully doesn’t show too much into the future of this roster.

Dignitas

Returning to the LCS after being denied Franchising, Dignitas took over the Clutch Gaming spot from last year. At the helm of this fully flushed roster is Heo “Huni” Seuung-hoon and Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black. Henrik “Froggen” Hansen joins them as one of the veterans on the roster but the question mark pings for this roster are on Jonathan “Grig” Armao and rookie AD Johnson “Johnsun” Nguyen. This Dig roster looks questionable especially when compared to their academy roster, but given time this roster could do some damage.

100 Thieves

Remember when 100T first came to the LCS they exploded onto the scene, then made some questionable decisions that ultimately led to some bad performances? Well, we are almost back to the beginning with their new roster! Returning to the team are Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, William “Meteos” Hartman, and Cody “Cody Sun” Sun. This is a great core as we have seen in the past but they are now backed by Tommy “Ryoma” Le and William “Stunt” Chen. An explosive roster with some room for failure as they test the waters.

Evil Geniuses

Affectionately known as Cloud9 B until they prove otherwise, EG also returned to  the LCS after a long hiatus. They picked up the missing pieces of the C9 main roster other than Sneaky and also got C9’s academy Top laner Colin “Kumo” Zhao. They managed to pick up Bae “Bang” Jun-sik and Daniele “Jizuke” di Mauro to round out the roster. At face value this roster looks rather strong with some uncertainty surrounding Kumo, but they will have every opportunity to prove their worth on the rift.

FlyQuest

FlyQuest’s roster is mostly intact with changes to their Mid and Support roles. Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage takes over Mid Lane duties and is reunited with his Misfits Support Lee “Ignar” Dong-geun. It remains to be seen how well this roster can do but hopefully for the team they are able to utilize their new assets to their full potential.

Immortals

Immortals return along with DIG and EG, and Xmithie leads the charge from the Jungle. This team as a whole is super unimpressive outside of Xmithie, but they did manage to get Paul “sOAZ” Boyer in the Top lane giving the team a powerful top side of the map. Their Bottom half of the map is a lot less exciting with Johnny “Altec” Ru and Nickolas “Hakuho” Surgent being given a second chance. If their Mid laner in Jeremy “Eika” Valdenaire is able to shine then this roster may be a force to be reckoned with.

Golden Guardians

A fan favorite team all around, 10th in the list as is tradition. 2020 isn’t looking much better for the team but in all seriousness their roster doesn’t look the worst overall. Don’t get confused, it is a strange and unproven roster but maybe this band of misfits will figure it out this year. The stars of the show are Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell and Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer. Everyone is excited to see Goldenglue in the starting role for many reasons, one of which being he is the only North American Mid laner in the league. Yuri “Keith” Jew steps into the Support role and Can “Closer” Celik comes in as Jungler from the TCL. Yeah, weird roster. 

Make sure to look at our Spring Split Power rankings to see where we placed these teams in relevant power and to check back for updates on games you may have missed!

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Cameron Carr

22 December 2019

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