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About NA LCS

The League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is the preeminent League of Legends esports league in North America and Europe. Each LCS league (NA and EU) is comprised of 10 teams facing every other team twice over the course of the season, for a total of 18 games each. Matches are played in a Best of 1 format, with each team playing once per day. The competition stretches across two splits, Spring and Summer.

At the end of each split, the top seven teams will automatically re-qualify for the LCS. The 8th and 9th place LCS teams will then play in a Promotion Tournament against the 2nd and 3rd place Challenger Series (CS) teams to retain their spot in the LCS. The 8th place LCS team will get their choice of CS opponent. The 10th place LCS team will automatically be relegated to the Challenger Series, while the 1st place Challenger team will automatically qualify for the LCS.

Tiebreakers:

  • If two team’s have the same record, ties will be broken by Head to Head record
  • If still tied, a tiebreaker match will be played

Playoff Format:
LCS playoffs are comprised of six teams in a seeded, single elimination tournament. All matches are Best of 5 format. A third/fourth place match is played.

Championship points
Starting with the 2015 LCS season, NA and EU leagues will utilize Championship Points (otherwise known to some as circuit points) for World Championship qualification. The Championship Point system ensures that teams always play their best and allows for better alignment with other international leagues.

Here’s how an LCS team qualifies for Worlds:

  • 1st place team of the Summer Split will automatically qualify (AQ) for Worlds as the first seed from that region.
  • The team that has accrued the most championship points throughout the season will also qualify for Worlds as the second seed.
  • In the event that multiple teams are tied in the standings at the conclusion of the Summer Split, then the team that gained the most points in the Summer Split will be considered the holder of the tiebreaker.
  • The final spot for Worlds will be determined at the NA and EU Regional Qualifiers, the winners of which will be the third seeds of their respective regions.

Points will be awarded in the following way:

Place

Spring Split

Summer Split

1st

90

AQ

2nd

70

90

3rd

50

70

4th

30

40

5th-6th

10

20

7th-10th

0

0

How to watch
You can attend matches live every week at the NA LCS studio in Santa Monica, CA, or the EU LCS studio in Berlin, Germany. Tickets are available here. You can also watch the LCS live every week on lolesports or on our spoiler-free vods page once the match is finished. The full match schedule is available here.

You can find more information on the 2015 LCS changes here.

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale. Check the tickets page to find out which days you'd like to purchase for according to the matchups on that date.

North American LCS Studio:

12312 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Parking is available in the parking structure located at 12200 West Olympic Boulevard.

Directions:

  • Enter the parking structure on Olympic Boulevard between Bundy and Centinela and park in any available space on the P1 and P2 levels.
  • Parking is not permitted in reserved spaces at any time and vehicles are subject to removal at the owner’s expense.
  • Once you have parked your vehicle please proceed to the elevator at the 12200 West Olympic Building and get off on the 1st floor (main lobby), exit the lobby doors facing Olympic Boulevard, make an immediate left and proceed to the adjacent 12312 building.
  • A parking validation will be provided to you by the Riot Games staff.

Rules

LCS Rules - Introduction and Purpose

These Official Rules (“Rules”) of the League of Legends Championship Series (“LCS”) apply to each of the teams who have qualified to play in the LCS in 2015, as well as their managers, coaches, players, and other employees. Season Three of the LCS will be divided into two halves (“splits”). Each split will consist of three phases (a) a regular season, (b) playoffs, which will be at the conclusion of the regular season, and (c) a promotion/relegation tournament after the playoffs are conducted. The top teams from the LCS division in North America, the LCS division in Europe, and from other regions around the world will advance to the Season Three League of Legends World Championship. These Rules apply only to official LCS play and not to other competitions, tournaments or organized play of League of Legends (“LoL” or the “game”).

League of Legends Championship Series LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, has established these Rules for the competitive play of LoL in order to unify and standardize the rules used in LCS competitive play.

These Rules are designed solely to ensure the integrity of the system established by the LCS for professional play of LoL and a competitive balance among the teams that play at the professional level. Standardized rules benefit all parties who are involved in the professional play of LoL, including the teams, players and general managers.

These Rules do not restrict competition for players. The terms of engagement between players and teams are left to each of the teams and its players and are set forth in written agreements between a team and each of its players (“Player Agreement”).

The complete LCS Rules document can be downloaded here.

For a breakdown of changes and updates, visit our changelog.

Global Rules

Interregional anti-poaching and anti-tampering policy

What is the interregional anti-poaching and anti-tampering policy?
No team member or affiliate of a team may engage in the solicitation, luring, or discussion of employment of a player who is under a league-recognized contract with a professional team competing in the top-level league of a region. Similarly, players under league-recognized contracts cannot solicit or reach out directly to other team members or affiliates of other teams. In the event of prolonged discussions of employment that aren't sanctioned by the management of both teams, both the party attempting to poach and the player being poached will be subject to penalties at the discretion of league officials.

Should any interested team wish to engage in conversation with a player under a league-recognized contract with another team, they must first contact the management of the team holding the contract.

League Notification: After the teams have come to an agreement and before initiating contact between the interested team and player of interest, they must notify their respective regional office of the agreement, with confirmation from both teams' management via email.

Prospective teams and team affiliates (owners seeking to enter a league, etc.) attempting to poach players will also be subject to sanctions, up to and including denial of entry into Riot-sanctioned leagues and competitive events.

If I'm interested in acquiring a player, how do I know if he or she is currently under contract?
As a team, you can inquire about the availability of players - it just needs to be to the player's management so long as that player is under contract.

The database linked above contains the contract end-dates of contracted players currently participating in leagues where there are league-recognized contracts (i.e., contracts that conform with league minimum standards, such as minimum player compensation). It also includes contact information for teams who have volunteered contact information. It will be updated at the beginning of every split and periodically during the split to reflect roster modifications.

This database is intended as a resource to facilitate legitimate communication between teams and players. Where there is good reason to believe a player is under a league-recognized contract despite not being in the database (e.g. a brand new player in a league with officially-recognized contracts not yet having his or her information reflected in the database), teams are expected to contact management rather than approach players directly.

If I'm a contracted player interested in leaving my team, what are my options?
While contracted players cannot reach out to other teams' affiliates, they can:

  • Publicly state their interest in leaving their team and encourage any and all interested party to contact their management.
  • Players cannot encourage specific teams, publicly or privately, to reach out to their management.
  • Exercise a buyout clause in their contract to leave their team if one exists.
  • Reach out to teams once their contract expires (typically during the off-season for most players).

Clarification of restrictions:

  • Teams and affiliates of those teams cannot engage in discussions with players under contract regarding potential employment.
  • Teams are to reach out to other teams directly regarding employment of contracted players.
  • Players under contract with a team should not engage in employment discussion directly with other teams.
  • Players not under contract are free to reach out to potential employers and vice-versa.

Why do you have the current poaching policy?

Poaching protections are important both for the stability of organizations and to avoid competitive integrity issues. During the season, it's important that players aren't being distracted from their preparation or being tempted to play at less than 100% by offers of employment from rival teams.

When players and teams sign a contract they are entering into an agreement that a player will play for a team during a defined period of time and be duly compensated for their play - players abruptly dissolving their contracts due to employment discussions with other teams during the season creates a chaotic environment for teams and players and undermines the stability of the competitive ecosystem.

This doesn't mean that we want to prevent players from ever switching teams or finding the team that is the best fit for them - discussing the possibility of being traded to another team with their management, or simply waiting until their current contract is up before engaging in any negotiation they want. For players whose contract includes a buyout clause, that's an option they may be able to exercise as well. Ultimately, the value of contracts goes both ways. For players, contracts provide stability and the promise of a paycheck. For teams, contracts guarantee that contracted players play for their team and if a player wants to leave a team, the team management are a necessary part of that discussion. This is an important dynamic to preserve, and poaching protections are one way of doing so.