League of Legends Pro League
|Sport||League of Legends|
|Motto||Heroes Beyond the Peak|
|No. of teams||16|
|Venue(s)||East region: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou|
West region: Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an
|Most titles||Edward Gaming (5 times)|
|Sponsor(s)||Gigabyte, Intel, RACCUA, Logitec|
League of Legends Pro League (LPL) (simplified Chinese: 英雄联盟职业联赛; traditional Chinese: 英雄聯盟職業聯賽; pinyin: yīng xióng lián méng zhí yè lián sài) is the top level of professional League of Legends in China. The first season of the LPL was the 2013 Spring season. The top three finishers of the playoff tournament receive automatic bids to the League of Legends World Championship. Playoffs are an eight team single elimination with each step a best-of-five series. The total prize pool is ¥2,350,000. In 2014 Riot Games began providing an English language broadcast. The format is modeled after the League of Legends Champions Korea format in South Korea. In September 2015 it was announced that Riot Games was in negotiations with Tencent to take over operations of the league.
For the 2015 Spring season the LPL adopted a best of two series. Teams play a double round robin.
As of 2017 and 2018, the league will adopt the EU LCS format for selecting regular season groups. The highest ranked teams from the previous split will head the groups with other teams being selected. This also means the format now includes the best of 3 matches.
For the 2019 Spring Split, the LPL will resume the following format:
- Group Stage:
- All 16 teams play in a group.
- Single Round Robin. All matches are best of 3.
- Top 8 teams advance to Play-Off Stage.
- All matches are best of 5.
- 1st and 2nd teams in Group Stage will start at Round 3 (semi-final).
- 3rd and 4th teams in Group Stage will start at Round 2 (quarter-final).
- 5-8th teams in Group Stage will start at Round 1. Default 5th and 6th teams have won the first game.
- All matches are best of 5.
|Bilibili Gaming||Dominus Esports||Edward Gaming||FunPlus Phoenix|
|Invictus Gaming||JD Gaming||LGD Gaming||LNG Esports|
|OMG||Rogue Warriors||Royal Never Give Up||Suning|
|Team WE||Top Esports||Vici Gaming||Victory Five|
|Year||Split||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Qualified for WC|
|Seed 1||Seed 2||Seed 3|
|2013||Spring||Invictus Gaming||OMG||Team WE||Positive Energy||Royal Club||OMG||N/A|
|Summer||Oh My God||Royal Club||Positive Energy||Team WE|
|2014||Spring||EDward Gaming||Invictus Gaming||OMG||Team WE||EDward Gaming||Star Horn Royal Club||OMG|
|Summer||EDward Gaming||OMG||Star Horn Royal Club||LGD Gaming|
|2015||Spring||EDward Gaming||LGD Gaming||Invictus Gaming||Snake Esports||LGD Gaming||EDward Gaming||Invictus Gaming|
|Summer||LGD Gaming||Qiao Gu Reapers||Invictus Gaming||EDward Gaming|
|2016||Spring||Royal Never Give Up||EDward Gaming||Team WE||Qiao Gu Reapers||EDward Gaming||Royal Never Give Up||I May|
|Summer||EDward Gaming||Royal Never Give Up||I May||Team WE|
|2017||Spring||Team WE||Royal Never Give Up||EDward Gaming||OMG||EDward Gaming||Royal Never Give Up||Team WE|
|Summer||EDward Gaming||Royal Never Give Up||Invictus Gaming||Team WE|
|2018||Spring||Royal Never Give Up||EDward Gaming||Rogue Warriors||Invictus Gaming||Royal Never Give Up||Invictus Gaming||EDward Gaming|
|Summer||Royal Never Give Up||Invictus Gaming||JD Gaming||Rogue Warriors|
|2019||Spring||Invictus Gaming||JD Gaming||FunPlus Phoenix||Topsports Gaming||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Royal Never Give Up||3||4||1||0|
- League of Legends Championship Series, the top level competition in North America
- League of Legends European Championship, the top level competition in Europe
- League of Legends Champions Korea, the top level competition in South Korea
- "Riot planning English broadcast of the LPL".
- Śmigiel, Kacper (June 26, 2015). "6 reasons why China's LPL picked up Korea's OGN format".
- Moser, Kelsey (September 8, 2015). "Riot Games in talks to assume control of LoL tournaments in China". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
- "The LCS, LPL & LCK 2017 Summer Formats". June 2017.