LCS and Academy Play Resumes Online
Following the Friday announcement of the LCS suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Riot Games today announced that LCS and Academy league play would resume this Saturday in an online format. The change comes as the developer seeks to do its part to slow the continued spread of the coronavirus in the United States.
LCS Online Format and New Schedule
The new schedule will see the LCS commence Week 8 of play this Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22. Week 9 will take place March 28-29, with playoffs commencing just a week later. Round 1 of the playoffs will run from April 4-5. The Losers Bracket matches will run April 7-8. Round 2 will run April 11-12. Round 3 and the Grand Final are set for April 18-19. Monday Night League is on hold for the time being.
For the Academy league, Academy Rush has been done away with. All days of regular season play will now feature five games each. Week 8 will run March 19-20 and Week 9 will run March 26-27. The playoffs will start the week after. The Quarterfinals will take place April 2-3. The semifinals will run April 9-10. Lastly, the Grand Final will take place on April 17.
Fans are excited to see the league return soon after its suspension. However, many questioned how Riot will handle all the teams in separate locations with concerns over possible cheating or stream sniping. LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley took to Twitter to make remarks on the decision. “Competitive integrity is a top priority for the LCS and we’ll be implementing similar precautionary measures to LEC to protect competitive integrity while games are played online.”
“With us transitioning the LCS and Academy into a fully remote setup, you may see some changes or delays in the broadcast as we fine tune the new setup and you should expect that the broadcast will not have the usual level of polish,” he continued in the official release. “We’ll do our best to deliver the best possible broadcast product to you and we appreciate your patience during the move to the new setup.”
There’s so much chaos in the world due to the pandemic. It’s nice to see a slight, if different, return to form a bit for one of esports’ largest leagues. We’ll continue to bring you LCS coverage as the season continues, so stay tuned!