- NA LCS returns on January 20. Bo1 is back!
- NA LCS has a new start time. Pre-game coverage begins at 1:30 PM PT with the picks and bans beginning for the first game starting at 2:00 PM PT.
- NA LCS will no longer run on Fridays, only Saturday and Sundays.
- NA LCS games are available on Lolesports, Twitch, and YouTube.
- NA LCS will be broadcasted on the Riot Games Twitch channel.
- Academy League information will be coming later this week.
With All-Star 2017 wrapped up, we’re heading full steam ahead to an exciting new year of North American esports. Here are some details about the upcoming 2018 NA LCS Spring Split:
How to watch the NA LCS Spring Split
NA LCS pre-game coverage will begin at 1:30 PM PT. The picks and bans phase of the first game of the day will begin at 2:00 PM PT on game days.
As seen in Summer Split, our post-show “NA LCS Tonight” will return on Sundays to recap the week.
Earlier this year, we started announced our plans to move into a permanent partnership structure for the NA LCS. Last month, we announced the 10 teams who will be a part of the NA LCS, including:
- 100 Thieves (100)
- Cloud9 (C9)
- Clutch Gaming (CG)
- Counter Logic Gaming (CLG)
- Echo Fox (FOX)
- FlyQuest (FLY)
- Golden Guardians (GGS)
- Optic Gaming (OPT)
- Team Liquid (TL)
- TSM (TSM)
We’ll share more information on Lolesports about rosters, when rosters will be listed on Lolesports, and how rosters will operate between NA LCS and Academy, closer to start of Spring Split in January.
Bo1 is back
As we previously announced, NA LCS will be switching back to Best of 1 (Bo1) for the upcoming season.
New start time
NA LCS will begin at 2:00 PM PT on Saturdays and Sundays to avoid overlap with the EU LCS.
Based on community feedback and the updated format, we moved our start time back 2 hours to allow for fans to be able to watch both NA and EU English broadcasts on the weekends.
Game days on weekends
We will no longer play NA LCS games on Fridays. Game days will be only on Saturdays and Sundays.
Spring Split dates
The regular season for the 2018 Spring Split will take place over 9 weeks, from January 20 to March 18. Since we no longer have a promotion tournament with our new permanent partnership structure, we’ll be removing the week between Week 9 and Playoffs, so Quarterfinals will start the weekend after Week 9.
Playoffs will continue to be Best of 5 and take place over 3 weeks:
- Quarterfinals: March 24 to 25
- Semifinals: March 31 to April 1
- Finals: April 7 to 8
We’ll announce ticket information for Playoffs and the location of the NA LCS Spring Finals after the NA LCS Spring Split kicks off. We’ll confirm this information as an article and on the broadcast, so stay tuned to Lolesports for updates to see where the NA LCS Finals will travel to next.
Spring Split match schedule
The full match schedule for the regular season is available on Lolesports on the Schedule tab. Keep in mind that we’ll continue to use flex scheduling for Weeks 5 through 9, so there may be changes in the order of matches. All teams will play once per day.
Spring Split Tickets
All 9 weeks of the regular season tickets will be available on Tuesday, December 19 at 11:00 AM PT on EventBrite. Tickets are $15 USD plus applicable fees and taxes. Please note the individual game day ticket URLs will not go live until tickets are on sale on Tuesday.
More information about the upcoming Academy League will be coming later this week on Lolesports.
Don’t forget to save the date for the return of the NA LCS on January 20 at 2:00 PM PT with the opening game of TSM vs. Team Liquid.