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League of Legends esports: LEC Summer Split date revealed

Published: 00:20, 28 April 2020
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Riot Games revealed that European pro players will have just over a month to rest between the splits and that the race to Worlds will begin in mid-June 2020.

LEC Summer Split is set to start on 12 June 2020, which will mark the first time the split will begin without MSI preceding it since the tournament's inception in 2015. This was caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the second biggest esports event in League of Legends' annual schedule has been cancelled on 23 April 2020.

Despite the Spring Split losing the biggest incentive for going for that top spot, the teams are likely hard at work in order to prepare for the Summer Split, which will largely decide the World Championship 2020 participants.

Weeks 1 and 8 will be the Superweeks that will feature matches from Friday through Sunday, which will leave enough room to make two one-week breaks. The first one will occur after Week 4 and the other one after Week 8. These breaks will give the organisers more flexibility in the schedule in case of need for adaptations to unforeseen circumstances.

Summer Finals will be held on 5 and 6 September 2020. Similarly, European Masters schedule will be shifted and the competition's finals will be held on 19 and 20 September 2020 so the European competitions don't overlap.

Due to Coronavirus' unpredictable nature, some things are still uncertain. For example, Riot Games don't know when they will be able to utilise the LEC studio in Berlin again or when the audience might be able to join the players and staff.

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The plans for holding the finals in Malmo, Sweeden, have not been altered yet but Riot are working on backup scenarios in case a dramatic change is needed, like with the Spring Play-Offs.

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