League of Legends Pro League

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Tencent League of Legends Pro League
Lpl logo.png
Sport League of Legends
Founded 2013
Owner(s) Tencent
Motto Heroes Beyond the Peak
No. of teams 14
Country China
Venue(s) East region: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou
West region: Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an
Most recent
champion(s)
Royal Never Give Up
Most titles Edward Gaming (5 times)
Sponsor(s) wywk, Gigabyte, Intel, RACCUA, Logitec
Level on pyramid Tier 1
Relegation to League of Legends Secondary Pro League
Official website lpl.qq.com (Chinese)

Tencent 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 League of Legends league 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, 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 2018 Summer Split, the LPL will resume the following format:

  • Two groups of seven teams are drawn, based on the location of team's home venues - either within the West Region (Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an) or East Region (Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai)
    • Based on home venues, OMG (Chengdu), Snake Esports (Chongqing) and Team WE (Xi'an) must be drawn into the West group while LGD Gaming (Hangzhou) and Royal Never Give Up (Beijing) must be drawn into the East group
  • Teams without their home venues drawn based on Spring Season performances, all groups must consist of 7 teams
  • Each team plays 19 matches.
    • Double Round Robin within own group.
    • Single Round Robin against other group.
  • All matches are best of 3.

Participants (2018 Summer)[edit]

West East
EDward Gaming Bilibili Gaming
FunPlus Esports JD Gaming
OMG LGD Gaming
Rogue Warriors Invictus Gaming
Snake Esports Royal Never Give Up
Topsports Gaming Suning Gaming
Team WE Vici Gaming

Past winners[edit]

Split 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
2013 Spring Invictus Gaming Oh My God Team WE Positive Energy
2013 Summer Oh My God Royal Club Positive Energy Team WE
2014 Spring EDward Gaming Invictus Gaming Oh My God Team WE
2014 Summer EDward Gaming Oh My God Star Horn Royal Club LGD Gaming
2015 Spring EDward Gaming LGD Gaming Invictus Gaming Snake eSports
2015 Summer LGD Gaming Qiao Gu Reapers Invictus Gaming EDward Gaming
2016 Spring Royal Never Give Up EDward Gaming Team WE Qiao Gu Reapers
2016 Summer EDward Gaming Royal Never Give Up I May Team WE
2017 Spring Team WE Royal Never Give Up EDward Gaming Oh My God
2017 Summer EDward Gaming Royal Never Give Up Invictus Gaming Team WE
2018 Spring Royal Never Give Up EDward Gaming Rogue Warriors Invictus Gaming
2018 Summer Royal Never Give Up Invictus Gaming JD Gaming Rogue Warriors


Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
EDward Gaming 5 2 1 1
Royal Never Give Up 3 4 1 0
Oh My God 1 2 1 1
Invictus Gaming 1 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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