Garena Premier League

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Garena Premier League
Garena Premier League logo.png
Sport League of Legends
Inaugural season 2012
Replaced by SEA Tour
Owner(s) Garena
No. of teams 5
Countries Association of Southeast Asian NationsSoutheast Asia
(Included Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau before 2015 and Vietnam before 2018)
Venue(s) Various
Most recent
champion(s)
Thailand Ascension Gaming
Most titles Taiwan Taipei Assassins
Qualification Indonesia LGS
Malaysia LCM
Philippines PGS
Singapore SLS
Thailand TPL
TV partner(s) Garena Live, YouTube
Sponsor(s) Riot Games, Garena
Level on pyramid Tier 1
International cup(s) Mid Season Invitational
Rift Rivals
World Championship
Related
competitions
League of Legends Master Series
Vietnam Championship Series

The Garena Premier League (GPL) is a professional League of Legends eSports league with teams in Southeast Asia (included teams from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau before 2015 and Vietnam before 2018). It was founded in 2012. The opening event took place on May 5 with Riot's CEO Brandon Beck, VP of Gaming Dustin Beck, Taiwanese game designer Jeff Lin, and Nikasaur attending personally. It is the first regional professional eSports competition of League of Legends in the world. In last season - 2018 Spring - the league consists of 5 teams who are the champions of 5 national leagues in Southeast Asia. The top four teams of group stage are advanced to the playoff, which are held in a best-of-5 single elimination system.[1]

In late 2014 Garena split teams from Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong into their own league, the League of Legends Masters Series, which began play in Spring 2015.[2] Following the changes, GPL no longer sends any teams directly to the League of Legends World Championship group stage. The GPL would be a part of International Wildcard tournament with CBLOL (Brazil), OPL (Oceania), LCL (CIS), LJL (Japan), TCL (Turkey), LLN (Latin America North) and CLS (Latin America South) for finding teams that represent Wildcard regions to play in the Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship.[3]

Since 2018, the league of Vietnam - Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) - has been separated from GPL. The winner of VCS will qualify for Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship without take part in GPL.[4]

The 2018 GPL Spring split was the last GPL tournament. After this time, GPL is replaced by SEA Tour Championship with a new format. The winner of SEA Tour Championship will represent Southeast Asia to qualify for Play-in Stage of Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship, begin from World Championship 2018.[5]

Participants of GPL/SEA Tour[edit]

Last season (2018 Spring split)[edit]

Region League
 Indonesia LOL Garuda Series (LGS)
 Malaysia LOL Championship Malaysia (LCM)
 Philippines Pro Gaming Series (PGS)
 Singapore Singapore Legends Series (SLS)
 Thailand Thailand Pro League (TPL)

Since 2018 Summer split, GPL is replaced by SEA Tour Championship, and all leagues of each country are replaced by "SEA Tour National Qualifiers"

Former[edit]

Region Championship League Note
 Taiwan
 Hong Kong
 Macau
League of Legends Nova League (LNL) Separated from 2015, became a Major Region (always have 2 slots for World Championship. 3 slots from 2017). LNL was replaced by League of Legends Master Series (LMS).
 Vietnam Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) Separated from 2018, became a Wildcard Region (always have 1 slot for MSI and World Championship). VCS now is a Tier 1 league like GPL.

Results[edit]

Season Date Winner Runner-Up
2012 GPL Season 1 2012 (2012-05-18 – 2012-11-17) Taiwan Taipei Assassins Singapore Singapore Sentinels
2013 GPL Spring 2013 (2013-01-04 – 2013-04-21) Taiwan Taipei Assassins Singapore Singapore Sentinels
2013 GPL Summer 2013 (2013-05-10 – 2013-08-11) Taiwan ahq e-Sports Club Singapore Singapore Sentinels
2014 GPL Winter 2013/14 (2013-10-30 – 2014-01-11) Taiwan Taipei Assassins Taiwan Taipei Snipers
2014 GPL Spring 2014 (2014-02-12 – 2014-04-06) Taiwan Taipei Assassins Taiwan ahq e-Sports Club
2014 GPL Summer 2014 (2014-06-11 – 2014-08-16) Taiwan Taipei Assassins Taiwan ahq e-Sports Club
After Taiwan-Hong Kong-Macau is separated
2015 GPL Spring 2015 (2015-03-04 – 2015-04-10) Vietnam Saigon Fantastic Five Thailand Bangkok Titans
2015 GPL Summer 2015 (2015-06-13 – 2015-08-20) Thailand Bangkok Titans Vietnam Saigon Jokers
2016 GPL Spring 2016 (2016-04-06 – 2016-04-09) Vietnam Saigon Jokers Thailand Bangkok Titans
2016 GPL Summer 2016 (2016-08-08 – 2016-08-14) Vietnam Saigon Jokers Thailand Bangkok Titans
2017 GPL Spring 2017 (2017-04-12 – 2017-04-16) Vietnam GIGABYTE Marines Thailand Ascension Gaming
2017 GPL Summer 2017 (2017-08-21 - 2017-08-27) Vietnam GIGABYTE Marines Vietnam Young Generation
After Vietnam is separated
2018 GPL Spring 2018 (2017-03-28 - 2017-04-01) Thailand Ascension Gaming Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Hunters

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garena Premier League (GPL) in 2018 and Beyond". Garena LoL. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Garena to separate Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau from South East Asia for the 2015 GPL Season". yahoo.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Philippines just lost another chance to compete in one of the biggest esports events of the year". Inquirer.net. July 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Vietnam is now an independent competitive region". lolesports.com. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "A New Beginning for Esports in Southeast Asia". Garena LoL. Retrieved April 5, 2018.

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