Season 7 Update: Changes to EU LCS
Posted 2016-12-15 Jakazolo
Yesterday, RIOT Games announced major changes to the EU LCS format, with two major features to make their debut when the 2017 season commences on January 19th.
First off, at the beginning of January the 10 LCS teams are to be divided into two groups of 5 via a group draft headed by the top two seeds from last season - G2 and H2K respectively. Using a snake draft system, teams will take turns selecting teams to be placed in the opposing group until all 10 slots have been allocated. RIOT have provided the below graphic to help break that down.
The season is going to be split into three sections: in weeks 1-3 we will play a round robin of teams from the same group as us; weeks 4-7 will be for ‘cross’ matches with those from the opposite draft and weeks 8-10 will return to a second bout of group games. This ensures that each team will play everyone at least once, but adds a secondary edge of competition to reach playoffs, with only the top two teams from each group qualifying.
The second major change to the EU LCS scheduling is the move to a Best-of-3 format. With many people, both professional and fan expressing concerns last year over the lack of a clear winner in the Bo2 format, this will be a welcomed addition, particularly for Fnatic who have traditionally been at their strongest on the multi-game setup, not to mention the added experience players will gain on the big stage.
For more information including further changes to playoffs and promotion/relegation, please visit - http://eu.lolesports.com/en/articles/eu-lcs-2017-format.
Who would you like to be in a group with Fnatic? What do you think of the move to Bo3?
Let us know what you think on Twitter - @fnatic
Image credit - http://eu.lolesports.com/en/articles/eu-lcs-2017-format