The LMS is the League of Legends Master Series, the regional league for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Founded in 2015, the LMS was founded in acknowledgement of the Taiwanese region's strength relative to the Garena Premier League (GPL), regional league of South East Asia. Now in its fifth season, the LMS is in week 6 of its nine-week spring split.
The eight teams of the LMS compete in a double round robin for the regular season. All matches are offline best-of-three games, with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs whilst the bottom teams face relegation and must go through the summer promotion tournament. The champion takes the lion's share of the prize pool and qualifies to the Mid-Season Invitational.
LMS League of Legends: All You Need to Know About the 2019 Spring Split
With three weeks and one match remaining in the split, the playoffs race is coming to a close. Most of the teams are still in hot contention to qualify, and it's a close battle for the top.
At time of writing, the first seed in the LMS is MAD Team, best known internationally for their appearance at the World Championship in 2018. MAD Team have won 8 of their nine matches thus far, with a sole loss to Hong Kong Attitude in week 2.
Most internationally-recognized team and six-time LMS champions Flash Wolves are dogging their heels at second with a 6-2 record. After losing Moo-jin "Moojin" Kim to LCK's Hanwha Life Esports and Shuo-chieh "SwordArt" Hu and Yi-tang "Maple" Huang to LPL's Suning, the team has had to extensively rebuild.
Without the Flash Wolves maintaining their former vice grip over the region, the LMS is much closer and competitive with a more interesting season to see if a new champion may rise up.
The LMS is streamed on Garena Live, King Kong and YouTube. It does not have an official English stream.
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