The latest LCS Summer Split schedule update has revealed some exciting changes ahead of the start of the new LCS Summer 2020 season. As well as announcing some expected changes to the schedule, the new LCS Roster 2020 has been revealed, as well as the opening round of matches that will get things underway on Friday, June 12.
After the cancellation of the Mid-Season Invitationals, fans have been clamoring for a restart date for the Summer Split and at least in the LCS, this new announcement at least makes this clear.
LCS – Friday Night League
That opening weekend of fixtures will start with the debut of the new Friday Night League, with the two LCS Summer 2020 season games that would have ordinarily been played on a Monday evening, moving to the Friday night, in a move which has generally received a positive response across social media.
A typical weekend in the LCS Summer 2020 season will now see the LCS Academy League taking place on Thursday night with five matches played that evening. On Friday, there will first be the Academy Rush tournament, with several Academy games taking place and once, which will then be followed by two LCS games in the Friday Night League.
Saturday and Sunday’s won’t change a great deal with four LCS Games scheduled across both days and the weekend will finish off with the Bud Light League Lounge where analysis and opinions of what has happened at the weekend will be shared by shouters, streamers and experts alike.
Reasoning behind the switch
In their LCS Summer Split schedule update about the switch of games from Monday to Friday, the LCS stated:
“After reviewing community feedback and careful consideration, we decided to move the third day of games from Monday to Fridays in an effort to better support our fans and their viewing habits this summer.”
“We believe having two high-stakes games on Fridays will better set the stage and the tone for the weekend. In addition, we believe a Friday lineup will better satisfy the needs of fans across multiple time zones. Our East Coast and Europan fans may be more free to stay up late on Friday night to tune in live, or catch up on the games Saturday morning, as we’ll rebroadcast the Friday games before the LEC begins.”
“Similar to Monday Night League, Friday Night League will have a distinct tone and style and will be broadcast in both 2020 Summer and 2021 Spring. Friday Night League will continue to be hosted by LeTigress and will serve as the test kitchen for new segments and content.”
LCS Roster 2020
The eighth year of the League Championship series will see a mix of familiar names and some newer teams added to the LCS Roster 2020.
The Spring Split Champions Cloud9 will be back of course to try and win a second successive championship and put themselves in prime position to be the top LCS seed qualifying for the League of Legends’ World Championship later on in the year.
Battling against them will be a number of familiar names including the likes of 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, Immortals, Team Liquid and Team SoloMid. Also battling it out in the LCS Summer 2020 tournament from June will be Dignitas, FlyQuest, and Golden Guardians.
Of those ten teams, only two will be eliminated from the Summer Playoffs, with the remaining eight teams earning a chance to earn one of the two LCS Worlds 2020 Main Event places up for grabs for the two teams that reach the final of the Playoffs, with the third-place team earning a spot at the Worlds 2020 Play In.
Many teams will be eager to avoid that Play In spot with the quality of teams in some of the developing regions starting to improve markedly, which has seen a couple of big-name teams struggle in the Play In event in recent years.
LCS Summer Split Season Schedule
The latest LCS Summer Split schedule update also gave us details of which games will be played on each week of the Summer Split in the LCS.
The LCS Summer 2020 is organized into nine game weeks, each game week plated from Friday through to Sunday. The action begins on the 12th June with 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses facing off in the first Friday Night game, while FlyQuest will face Spring Split Champions Cloud9 in the second.
On Saturday, Evil Genius takes on CLG, Team SoloMid face Team Liquid, and Immortals face FlyQuest before the final game on Saturday sees Golden Guardians take on Dignitas.
The final selection of games on week 1 will see Cloud9 face 100 Thieves, Dignitas take on Team Solomid, Team Liquid face Golden Guardians, and lastly CLG take on Immortals.
The current LCS Roster 2020 is incredibly strong and it looks like North American teams will be amongst the favorites to do well at the World Championships later in the year.
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