North American LCS to Introduce Schedule Changes
If you were getting annoyed by the current North American LCS schedule, you’ll be glad to hear that Riot will introduce a couple of highly welcome changes for the 2020 Summer Split! Perhaps the most important change is the fact that Monday Night League, Riot’s fascinating and short-lived experiment, will be no more. Instead, they’ll be rebranding the whole shebang into Friday Night League which will showcase “multiple Academy games at once” followed by two premier LCS matchups.
Switching Things Up
The LCS will begin on June 12, rather than June 13 as previously reported. Pre-show coverage is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. PT, with games beginning at 6 p.m. To start things off, we have two incredibly exciting clashes: 100 Thieves vs. Evil Geniuses, followed by the Spring Split finals rematch of Cloud9 vs. FlyQuest. Needless to say, top-tier League of Legends will not be absent.
The community didn’t exactly like Monday Night League back when it was first introduced. It wasn’t a bad concept (especially given its long-standing roots in traditional sports), but it simply didn’t translate over to competitive League as well as Riot expected. Monday was supposed to showcase some of the best League of Legends North America had to offer, and yet a meager number of people had the opportunity to tune in. The viewership numbers simply didn’t improve enough, and fans didn’t warm up to the concept much either.
Fortunately, Riot took the criticism to heart and will adapt for the 2020 Summer Split, along with the 2021 Spring Split. Friday Night League will still be hosted by Gabriella “LeTigress” Devia-Allen and will be used as a testing polygon (or “test kitchen” as Riot puts it) for new experimental segments and all types of content.
Furthermore, by moving the LCS to Friday, European fans will have even more competitive League to watch (given that they’re game to stay up late or wake up early). In any case, this is a highly welcome change and it’s bound to succeed almost immediately given how it’s what fans want the most.
The 2020 LCS Summer Split will unravel in an online-only format until it’s safe for fans and players to move back into the LCS Studio in Los Angeles. You can check out the opening week schedule here. As always you’ll be able to watch the LCS on Twitch, YouTube, and the official league website.