Garena Premier League
|Sport||League of Legends|
|Replaced by||SEA Tour|
|No. of teams||5|
(Included Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau before 2015 and Vietnam before 2018)
|Most titles||Taipei Assassins|
|TV partner(s)||Garena Live, YouTube|
|Sponsor(s)||Riot Games, Garena|
|Level on pyramid||Tier 1|
Mid Season Invitational|
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Participants of GPL/SEA Tour
Last season (2018 Spring split)
|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"
|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.|
|2012 GPL Season 1||2012 (2012-05-18 – 2012-11-17)||Taipei Assassins||Singapore Sentinels|
|2013 GPL Spring||2013 (2013-01-04 – 2013-04-21)||Taipei Assassins||Singapore Sentinels|
|2013 GPL Summer||2013 (2013-05-10 – 2013-08-11)||ahq e-Sports Club||Singapore Sentinels|
|2014 GPL Winter||2013/14 (2013-10-30 – 2014-01-11)||Taipei Assassins||Taipei Snipers|
|2014 GPL Spring||2014 (2014-02-12 – 2014-04-06)||Taipei Assassins||ahq e-Sports Club|
|2014 GPL Summer||2014 (2014-06-11 – 2014-08-16)||Taipei Assassins||ahq e-Sports Club|
|After Taiwan-Hong Kong-Macau is separated|
|2015 GPL Spring||2015 (2015-03-04 – 2015-04-10)||Saigon Fantastic Five||Bangkok Titans|
|2015 GPL Summer||2015 (2015-06-13 – 2015-08-20)||Bangkok Titans||Saigon Jokers|
|2016 GPL Spring||2016 (2016-04-06 – 2016-04-09)||Saigon Jokers||Bangkok Titans|
|2016 GPL Summer||2016 (2016-08-08 – 2016-08-14)||Saigon Jokers||Bangkok Titans|
|2017 GPL Spring||2017 (2017-04-12 – 2017-04-16)||GIGABYTE Marines||Ascension Gaming|
|2017 GPL Summer||2017 (2017-08-21 - 2017-08-27)||GIGABYTE Marines||Young Generation|
|After Vietnam is separated|
|2018 GPL Spring||2018 (2017-03-28 - 2017-04-01)||Ascension Gaming||Kuala Lumpur Hunters|
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