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LoL: LEC Season Finals Annoy Fans With Scheduling

News 02-08-2023 16:45
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The LEC Season Finals scheduling annoyed many fans |©Riot Games (Montage)

Fans and the official LEC scheduling won't be on friendly terms in the near future, as once again, many community members are expressing their grievances about the timing of the Season Finals. Some fans are also upset about the teams having less preparation time for this year's Worlds due to the scheduling.

LEC Fans Annoyed About Season Finals

It's understandable that this year's LEC schedule might differ from previous years due to the new three-split system. However, one particular aspect of it has infuriated the community even further. So what's the issue?

The LEC Summer Split concluded on Sunday, July 30, with the Split Finals between G2 Esports and Excel, resulting in a swift 3-0 victory for G2. Now, only the Season Finals remain on the schedule before the World Championship begins on October 10.

In these Season Finals, the top six teams will compete for the four spots at the Worlds in Korea. However, what frustrates the fans is that the finals are set to begin on August 19, 2023, roughly three weeks after the Summer Split Finals. The Grand Final is even scheduled for September 10, 2023.

One user posted on Reddit, where many community members expressed their discontent about the time gap and how it impacts the participating teams' preparation time for the World Championship.

The LEC had already received criticism for the perceived lack of significance in the Split Finals and the lack of hype surrounding it. Now, G2 Esports, MAD Lions, Team BDS, Excel, Fnatic, and SK Gaming will have to wait several weeks before their next official matches,

Community Reactions To The Situation

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Many fans think that the teams won't have enough time to prepare for Worlds |©Riot Games

The user "NeatDig352" who posted the question on the League of Legends Subreddit received many negative responses regarding the scheduling. Many users couldn't comprehend the reasoning behind the three-week gap, leaving little time for LEC teams to prepare for Worlds once the finals are played and four teams qualify.

The user "Lewi00" pointed out the Finals dates for other LoL regions to highlight the curious timing of the LEC Finals:

LPL Summer Finals: Aug 5th
LPL Regional Finals: Aug 6-8th
LCK Summer Finals: Aug 20th
LCS Summer Finals: Aug 20th
LCK Regional Finals: Aug 25-27th
LEC Season Finals: Aug 19th-Sep 10th.

Many expressed concern about the lack of hype that could have been built up after the Summer Split Finals due to the three-week break. Others worry about player health, as competitive playing leaves little room for rest, considering the preparation required for the Season Finals. For example, the user "moonmeh" wrote:

It's so stupid. The players can't rest cause they are scrimming pretty much daily. Like fucking hell get the season finals done and over with so that they can take a break then bootcamp in Korea
Season finals should be happening next week

"NeatDig352" himself provided a perspective on the timeframe compared to other regions:

Worlds starts on the 10th of October, and LEC finals ends on the 10th of September. If we assume teams leave without taking a break, which is not going to be healthy considering the crunch they have to do right now to even reach worlds, it makes no sense. They'll have around 2-3 weeks of efficient practice in the best region vs the likes of LCS, who have 5-6 weeks.

It remains to be seen whether Riot Games will adjust the schedule for upcoming LEC Splits or respond to the criticism at all. For now, we have to wait a few weeks to find out which teams will represent Europe at Worlds 2023, and the future will reveal how well-prepared they are compared to teams from other regions.

Rest assured, we'll keep you up-to-date once the Season Finals begin.

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