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LoL esports: LCK suspended temporarily, LPL set to resume

Published: 14:20, 03 March 2020
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Health concerns due to Coronavirus continue as League of Legends Champions Korea became the most recent competition to become temporarily suspended. The pause will not be effective immediately, and LPL will resume just three days later.

LCK will be hit with the consequences of the Coronavirus outbreak on 6 March 2020 when the competition will be suspended for a currently undisclosed period of time.

The reason 6 March 2020 was picked as the date when the operations stop is that 5 March 2020 is when the last matches of the first round robin will be played and when the pause commences, half of the competition will have been completed. 

Sunday Night LCK show will also be paused until the league resumes. The date of LCK resuming the operations has not been confirmed yet and the official announcement noted that this will depend on the progression of Coronavirus.

League of Legends esports fans who enjoy the eastern teams' clashes will not be left without entertainment. Chinese LPL is set to resume just three days after LCK's hiatus begins. Unlike LCK, this league managed to go through only one week's worth of matches before the outbreak forced it to pause.

Considering this is the biggest pro league with a total of 19 teams, all playing through best of three, it should be highly interesting to see these matches once again. Some of the powerhouses have already faltered, with the world champions FunPlus Phoenix going 0-2 so far while RNG also lost their first match.

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On the flipside, Invictus Gaming started their season confidently, going 2-0 already. They are joined at the top of the ladder by BiliBili Gaming, JD Gaming, eStar and Top Esports.

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