2021 LCK and LPL Start Dates Announced
The start dates of the 2021 LCK and LPL Spring Splits have finally been revealed! We knew it was right around the corner, but now we have official confirmation! First of all, the LPL is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9. That’s just a couple of days away! If you’ve itching to watch some of the best League of Legends in the world, you’re in luck! The likes of FunPlus Phoenix, Top Esports, Invictus Gaming, and many others will once again compete for a shot at glory and a sizable prize pool! The LPL might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s definitely where the most insane and mind-blowing games tend to occur!
The 2021 LCK Spring Split, on the other hand, will commence on Jan. 13. The LCK, much like all other major regions, will now be fully franchised; a slick new rebrand rightfully accompanies this momentous occasion. Ten teams have been given the nod and have become permanent partners, including DWG KIA (formerly known as DAMWON Gaming), DragonX, Gen.G, T1, Afreeca Freecs, Hanwha Life, KT Rolster, Liiv SANDBOX, Fredit BRION, and Nongshim RedForce. There’s still no official schedule at the time of this writing, but that’s bound to change over the coming days. The 2021 LCK Spring Split will feature a Bo3 double round-robin, with the top six teams automatically qualifying for the playoffs.
A Change in Scenery
The LPL dynasty didn’t last nearly as long as most of us thought it would. Just two “short” years. Granted, they were so darn dominant throughout those two years that it looked like they’d reign supreme for much longer than Korea ever did, but it just wasn’t meant to be. DAMWON Gaming had other plans. Then again, DWG is an isolated competitive giant, one that can stand alone and can be judged by its own merits. No one in the LCK can even come close, so it’s not like Korea, as a whole, improved in any which way. Instead, we’re just talking about five individual players who were so darn good they reclaimed the throne all by themselves. And the fact that they did so with such staggering ease is a testament to their own individual strength, not the region.
Regardless, DAMWON is still predicted to start (and finish) the 2021 competitive season on a high note, even without their revered top laner. In any case, the competitive League has never been more exciting. We can’t wait to see these teams back in action!