A new announcement by Riot Games confirmed the dates for the LEC 2022 Spring split and playoffs. It also covers the ERL scene leading into the Amazon EU Masters. Whatever part of European pro League of Legends you want to watch, read on!
It’s been less than a month since Worlds ended, but with the wave of news about transfers in the LCS and the LEC, no doubt many of you are already eager to see pro League of Legends kick off again. A recent update from Riot Games lets us what to expect for the spring split of 2022 for the LEC and the European Regional Leagues.
The League of Legends European Championship 2022 Spring will start on January 14th. The format is pretty much identical to last year’s, including the two three-day superweeks, one at the start of the season and one on the end. It will feature nine of the teams that played last year and one new representative - Team BDS, who bought the slot of the departing FC Schalke 04 Esports when the German organization decided to sell its spot. Rumors point towards an expansion of the LEC to 12 teams for 2023, but for now it seems that everything is going as it was - except for the one newcomer.
After the regular split ends in mid-march, the top six teams will be heading for the Spring Playoffs. The direct elimination games kick off on March 25th and will culminate in a Finals weekend that is planned for April 9-10th. As Riot Games previously unveiled, they will not be returning to touring Europe just yet and all games will be played in the LEC studio in Berlin.
Meanwhile, the ERL leagues will also start games in January. Riot Games has been working with the ERL organizers to unify standards somewhat, which will also lead to more synchronized schedules with the accredited leagues beginning games on January 10th and the non-accredited ones a week later. These leagues will determine the teams that will attend the Amazon European Masters.
The top-tier tournament for the regional teams will kick off on April 4th with a play-in group stage stage. As before, the top four play-in teams will qualify to the main event group stage and fight for playoff spots. The tournament will be spread over more than a month, with the grand finals played on May 8th. Karmine Corp was the undisputed champion of the 2021 EU Masters tournaments, and with their recent acquisition of star ADC Martin "Rekkles" Larsson, they look set to defend the title.
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