League of Legends Pro League

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League of Legends Pro League
Lpl logo.png
SportLeague of Legends
Founded2013
Owner(s)Tencent
MottoHeroes Beyond the Peak
No. of teams16
CountryChina
Venue(s)East region: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou
West region: Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an
Most recent
champion(s)
Invictus Gaming
Most titlesEdward Gaming (5 times)
Sponsor(s)Gigabyte, Intel, RACCUA, Logitec
Official websitelpl.qq.com (Chinese)

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.[1] The format is modeled after the League of Legends Champions Korea format in South Korea.[2] In September 2015 it was announced that Riot Games was in negotiations with Tencent to take over operations of the league.[3]

Format[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Current participants[edit]

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

Results[edit]

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
Summer TBD TBD TBD TBD
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Edward Gaming 5 2 1 1
Royal Never Give Up 3 4 1 0
OMG 1 2 1 1
Invictus Gaming 2 2 3 1
LGD Gaming 1 1 0 1
Team WE 1 0 2 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riot planning English broadcast of the LPL".
  2. ^ Śmigiel, Kacper (June 26, 2015). "6 reasons why China's LPL picked up Korea's OGN format".
  3. ^ Moser, Kelsey (September 8, 2015). "Riot Games in talks to assume control of LoL tournaments in China". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "The LCS, LPL & LCK 2017 Summer Formats". June 2017.

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