LoL eSports – NA LCS returns June 16, 2018

Chris Greeley – LoL eSports


  • NA LCS returns on June 16
  • Match schedule will be available on Tuesday, May 1
  • Summer Split tickets go on sale on May 1 at 1:30 PM PT

With the Spring Split wrapped up and as we gear up for the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, we wanted to share an update on when you can expect more information about the 2018 NA LCS Summer Split.

Split Break

What’s roster lock date? What does it mean?

Teams are required to submit their Week 1 Active Roster (starters and subs) on June 5, 2018 to give proper time for asset generation, eligibility checks, etc. Barring unforeseen emergencies, any player not on the submitted roster or who lacks appropriate paperwork will not be eligible to start for Week 1.

Rosters will be available on Lolesports on or about June 8, 2018. Additionally, any player who is signed to an NA LCS team will be updated on the official Global Contract Database.

Why doesn’t Lolesports report on roster swaps?

As the operators of the NA LCS, we’ve chosen not to report on roster speculation since we’ll often get information about roster swaps before they’re final. We want to give teams the opportunity to announce roster information in their own way such as partnering with sponsors, interviews with third-party media, or creating content for their own channels.

Week 1 rosters will be available on Lolesports on June 8, 2018.

What is the NA LCS esports team working on during this time?

Some of our team is supporting the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational with other esports teams around the globe. Most of us are focused on planning and getting everything ready for a successful Summer Split launch.

Opening Day and Scheduling

When does the NA LCS begin?

As previously announced, NA LCS returns for Summer Split on June 16.

When will the full regular season match schedule be available?

2018 NA LCS Summer Split match schedule is available on May 1. It’ll be available on Lolesports after MSI 2018.

What are the dates of Summer Split?

Regular Season

  • Week 1: June 16-17
  • Week 2: June 23-24
  • Week 3: June 30-July 1
  • Rift Rivals: July 2-8
  • Week 4: July 14-15
  • Week 5: July 21-22
  • Week 6: July 28-29
  • Week 7: August 4-5
  • Week 8: August 11-12
  • Week 9: August 18-19

*Weeks 5-9 can be impacted by flex scheduling so the match times and order may change but all teams will still play on each gameday.


  • August 25-26
  • September 1-2
  • September 8-9 (Finals weekend)

NA Regional Qualifiers

  • September 14-16

Is the start time of the NA LCS changing?

Nope, the times will remain the same as Spring Split.


  • 1:30 PM PDT – NA LCS Countdown
  • 2:00 PM PDT – Champ Select for Game 1


  • 11:30 AM PDT – NA LCS Countdown
  • 12:00 PM PDT – Champ Select for Game 1

Where will Summer Finals be held? When will we know a location?

We’ll confirm where NA LCS Summer Finals will be before the split begins on June 16.


When can I get tickets for the NA LCS?

In order for fans to make travel plans for summer, tickets for the NA LCS Summer Split will be available on Tuesday, May 1 at 1:30 PM PT.

Summer Playoffs and NA Regional Qualifier tickets will be available after Rift Rivals.


What are the stakes for Summer Split?

Worlds 2018, Championship title, Championship Points, and prize money are on the line.

The following championship points are up for grabs in Summer Split:

  • 1st Place: Advances to Worlds 201
  • 2nd Place: 90 points
  • 3rd Place: 70 points
  • 4th Place: 40 points
  • 5th-6th Place: 20 points
  • 7th-10th Place: 0 points

The NA LCS team that wins Summer Split will automatically advance to Worlds 2018 in South Korea. The team with the most Championship Points will automatically qualify for Worlds 2018 as the second seed for NA LCS.

The final seed for NA LCS will be decided at the Regional Qualifier (aka “The Gauntlet”) on September 14-16. Teams will be seeded based on their Championship Points, and will battle it out in three rounds of Bo5s. The winner of the Final series qualifies for the World Championship.

What are the current Championship Point totals?

  • Team Liquid (TL) – 90 points
  • 100 Thieves (100) – 70 points
  • Echo Fox (FOX) – 50 points
  • Clutch Gaming (CG) – 30 points
  • Cloud9 (C9) – 10 points
  • TSM (TSM) – 10 points

The 7th-10th place teams from Spring Split do not earn any Championship Points.


What about Academy? When will it start?

Academy games will start back up on Thursday, June 14. We’ll share more information about Academy including match schedule closer to the start of Summer Split.