With the 2020 League Championship Series under way in North America, Riot announced the Spring Split Finals venue. April 18th to 19th, the best LCS teams will face off in the Ford Center at The Star, which is located just outside of Dallas. According to Riot’s announcement, “The Star is a 91-acre campus including the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and practice facility, as well as the brand new GameStop Performance Center and headquarters of Complexity Gaming, one of NA’s leading esports organizations”.
Riot also stated in the announcement, “In 2019, over 600,000 fans were watching at the peak of the LCS Summer Finals broadcast in August, and the event contributed $5.44 million to the local economy of our host city Detroit. We’re aiming to go even bigger for Spring Finals in fine Texas tradition, and we’ll be revealing more of what’s in store for the event in the coming months.” Fans can purchase tickets starting February 21 on lolesports.com and SeatGeek.com.
The Spring Split Playoffs Format
The Spring Split Finals will unveil the LCS’ new playoff format, announced January 8th. At the end of the Regular Season, North America’s first seed chooses to face the third or fourth seed; second seed plays the non-chosen team. The winners move into a Winner’s Bracket and face each other. The losers move into a Loser’s bracket and play the fifth and sixth seeds. Whoever wins the first Loser’s Bracket games play each other. Then the winner of that match faces the loser of the Winner’s Bracket, and the winner of that match goes to the Finals to fight the Winner’s bracket champion.
Whichever team takes home the gold in Texas qualifies to the 2020 Mid Season Invitational, like years past. However, teams will no longer receive Championship Points towards the World Championship in Spring Split. In previous seasons, top teams in Spring Split gained points towards Worlds. This system allowed them to qualify to Worlds if they finished lower in Summer Split. Several players have said they feel Spring Split carries less importance, because of these changes.
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