At the beginning of the 2021 season, the LCS decided to change its format. Gone was the spring and summer split, but after one trial year, the schedule will be shuffled around once more. Not only that, but there is going to be another Server added to NA as well.
What changes are coming to North American League of Legends? That’s what we’re going to check out today.
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LCS 2022 Format Change
The 2022 LCS season will once again be split into a summer and spring split. The 2021 attempt at one full season didn’t seem to work this year – only one NA team made it out of groups this year after an internal implosion of FunPlus Phoenix.
Therefore, the LCS is going to change it up once again and retain the original spring and summer splits. Each split will be 8-weeks long.
The LCS Spring and Summer Splits will consist of eight-week double round robins, with five games played on Saturday and Sunday. Two weeks each split will be designated as Super Weeks, featuring an additional five matches on Friday. Regular season records will no longer carry over from Spring to Summer Splits.
2022 #LCS Format Update— LCS (@LCSOfficial) November 16, 2021
NA Champions Queue
A new NA server will also be created. This will be an exclusive server hosted on the west coast and will help high-skilled players who are serious about improving. This server is a small-scale solution to the quality of NA solo queue, which many pro players have complained about.
Is this solution foolproof? No. This server, hosted on the west coast, could potentially make aspiring east-coast players suffer in the long run. Splitting servers isn’t a great solution to the problem. Many fans have already pointed to the split of EUW and EUNE and how the EU North servers have been completely forgotten.
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Players from the east coast have also explained that they get better ping from the EUW server than ones hosted on the west coast, thus making their solo queue experience worse. Another reason why this is important? The population on the east coast is much higher than the west.
What Champions Queue will do to North American League of Legends is yet to be seen. This doesn’t seem like a feasible solution for any upcoming North American talents to practice, but Riot did state that this is not a ‘complete solution’.