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LEC Announces Changes For 2024 Season
- League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) will introduce some changes for the 2024 season
- Group Stage and playoffs merge
- The minimum age for players raises from 17 to 18
LEC 2024 (credit: via Twitter (@LEC))
On Wednesday, December 6, Riot Games announced significant changes to the League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC). Some of the most notable include the merger of the group stage and playoffs, Championship Points, and scheduling updates, which will come into effect with the start of the 2024 season.
Following a major overhaul of the LEC competitive system for the 2023 season, the European League of Legends league plans to introduce more adjustments to the competition in 2024. While not as drastic as the changes introduced before LEC 2023, the adjustments have been made to enhance the competition further based on findings from the past 12 months and feedback from the players and teams.
Group Stage And Playoffs Merge
The most significant change which will come with the start of the LEC 2024 season, is the merger of the Group Stage and Playoffs for each split into a single bracket. With that, LEC intends to make it easier for the fans and teams to understand and follow the league.
The new brackets will have the same number of best-of-three (Bo3) and best-of-five (Bo5) series as before. However, there will be added repeat matchup protection for the Lower Bracket. So teams that have played each other in the upper bracket can't meet again in the lower bracket.
LEC Schedule Updates
To support the well-being of the teams and players, LEC decided to extend the break between the Winter and Spring Splits, as well as the break between the Spring Split and the Mid-Season Invitational and Summer Split and the LEC Season Finals.
The start time for all matches was now moved to 5:00 PM CET, an hour sooner than in previous seasons.
Changes To Championship Points
While LEC is satisfied with how Championship Points function now and how they help balance the value of each split, the league introduced some changes to optimise the points' importance across all three splits.
From 2024 LEC onwards, the LEC will allocate the same amount of points to the fifth-sixth and, seventh-eighth-placed teams for each split. Moreover, each split will offer more points, increasing the stakes as the season draws to a close.
With the next season, the LEC Winter Split champions will receive 120 points, the LEC Spring Split champions 145 points, and the LEC Summer Split champions 180 points.
LEC will put more emphasis on Summer Split performance in the upcoming year by earning the LEC Summer champions a direct invite to the LoL World Championship as the lowest seed. The second and third-placed teams in the Summer Split will also qualify for the LEC Season Finals regardless of their points.
If two teams earn the same amount of points by the end of the season and before the LEC Season Finals, the team with the highest number of Championship Points earned in Summer Split qualifies. If the tie persists, Spring Split's performance and head-to-head record will decide which team qualifies.
LEC Age Limit
One of the least impactful changes was raising the minimum age for players competing in the European LoL league, which was increased from 17 to 18.
“After carefully evaluating the needs of our partnered teams, as well as assessing our recent player age history, we are increasing our age limit to enable teams and the LEC to explore additional revenue opportunities, which we hope will help with sustainability, particularly in the current economic environment.”
Meanwhile, the ERL ecosystem will not have any changes to the age requirement, keeping its minimum age limit at 16 years.
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