With the Mid-Season Invitational ending in a dramatic victory for Royal Never Give Up, professional League of Legends takes a short break - but the Summer Split is already on the horizon.
The first summer split to kick off is traditionally the LPL. For now, we don't quite know when it will be, but for now, June 13th is a fair guess. Here, however, we will focus on the LEC. The European representatives at the MSI had their ups and downs (to put it mildly), but hey, EU > NA and all that. Oh, and the LEC starts first, even if just by a day.
When Does the LEC Start?
The LEC 2022 Summer Split kicks off on June 17th with the three-day superweek we have grown to know and love. Afterwards, the games will take place on Friday and Saturday evening until the eight week, which is another three-day extravaganza. As before, all matches are best of one and everyone plays everyone else twice. Games are expected to be back at the Riot Games Berlin studio, hopefully with a return to live crowds - while the Spring Finals were billed as a one-off event, live audiences add a lot to the atmosphere.
The schedule for the LEC Summer split got revealed today. You can find the complete schedule here. Which game are you most excited about:
Who Are the LEC Teams?
Despite rumors about an upcoming LEC expansion, the summer split will feature the same 10 teams from the spring. We have listed them below in order of their spring ranking (featuring playoff rank for those that made playoffs):
- G2 Esports
- Misfits Gaming
- Team Vitality
- Excel Esports
- MAD Lions
- SK Gaming
- Team BDS
Last split, G2 looked good in the regular split before going on a 12-game winning streak in the playoffs that continued well into the MSI. It didn’t end - and the team ended the tournament with a pretty one-sided loss to T1, but G2 remain the team to beat and a likely candidate for the Summer Split trophy and a position at Worlds 2022. We expect Rogue and Fnatic to remain strong, and after a shaky first split we are expecting a bit more from Team Vitality as well.
Look forward to updates when the schedule of the LEC gets revealed and the games start. For now, we have something else to look up to - like Bel’Veth’s debut on the Rift and the fancy new High Noon skins.