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New LCS Schedule and Playoff Format Revealed for Spring and Summer Splits

Riot Games revealed schedule changes coming to the LCS spring split
Riot Games revealed schedule changes coming to the LCS spring split | Photo by Riot Games

Riot Games announced LCS schedule changes Monday for the upcoming spring and summer splits, starting with the addition of matches on Monday nights.

LCS scheduling now includes games from Saturday through Monday. There will be four games played on Saturday and Sunday with two marquee games added in a new format called Monday Night League.

Fridays will focus primarily on Academy games with more played through Mondays.

LCS Announces 2020 Format Changes; Monday Night League Revealed

Riot Games also announced new playoff formats for both the LCS spring and summer splits.

"Throughout 2019, we continued to analyze and evaluate both the LCS and Academy formats to meet the goals of the League. For the 2020 Season, we made some changes to the Playoff formats and how teams qualify for the World Championship. Every format has trade-offs but the new Playoff formats should more consistently lead to the best teams ending up at the top while still leaving open the possibility for a miracle run," Riot Games said in its announcement.

Here's the new spring playoff format:

The new LCS spring playoff format
The new LCS spring playoff format | Photo by Riot Games

Here's the new summer playoff format:

The new LCS summer playoff format
The new LCS summer playoff format | Photo by Riot Games

Riot Games also announced prominent dates for the entire 2020 season. Those dates are as follows:

  • Spring Split Start Date: Saturday, January 25
  • Spring Split Regular Season: January 25 – March 22
  • Spring Playoffs: March 28 – April 19
  • Summer Split Start Date: Saturday, June 20
  • Summer Split Regular Season: June 20 – August 16
  • Summer Playoffs: August 20 – September 13

For more information on the LCS and Academy changes, check out Riot Games' Nexus post here.