European League may be about to change.
The League of Legends European Championship is considering a number of format changes ahead of the 2023 season, including reducing the number of best-of-ones each team plays each split and other competitive tweaks.
The change, which would not be enacted until the competitive 2023 League calendar begins in January next year, would see fewer one-shot games played.
The potential format shiftwhich has not yet been rubber-stampedwas put to a panel of various LEC team owners earlier this week, according to Europes head of esports Maximilian Peter Schmidt. The League boss, who spoke to French publication L’Équipe on Sept. 15, said the options were put to a vote.
While a move away from best-of-ones in the regular season would be one of the headlining tweaks, Dot Esports understands a number of other changes were discussed at the meeting. Not all have been publicized, as of today.
Whether the move to reduce best-of-ones means fewer games overall or a shift to more best-of-threes or fives remains unclear.
It seems likely some kind of format change is coming though, with the LEC helmsman bullish on providing the best product for fans and the League teams.
We always have to ask ourselves what we can do best for our partner teams, their staffs, and the players, Schmidt told L’Équipe. Then we have to find a balance. Do we want to change the format? What will it look like if we do?
As above, none of these changes have been officially endorsed yet.Photo via Kirill Bashkirov for Riot Games
Right now, the LEC follows a rigid format structure: European League teams play 18 matches across the course of two months for Spring before breaking for a six-team playoffs format. The winner earns the right to represent the region at the Mid-Season Invitational. A similar Summer split is played out soon after, with 18 regular season games (all best-of-ones) and another six-team finals bracket.
Riot Games Europe has, in the past, trialed other formats like LECthen the EU LCScompeting in best-of-threes and best-of-twos in the regular season. Neither lasted beyond several splits during tests.
The LEC has played Bo1s across each League split since 2018.
The league franchised the following year, rebranded to the League of Legends European Championship, and carried over the 18-match regular season format style.