There is a lot of competitive League of Legends each week. Even when there isn't a nonstop barrage of games going on, transactions happen quite frequently, and it can be hard to keep up with the various regions around the world.
Each week, we'll go region-by-region, talking about everything that happened in the previous weeks. Transactions, results, standings: you name it, it'll be here.
Like everything else, this is a work in progress, so please let us know in the comments if there's anything else you'd like to see in this feature!
Wondering what happened to those three teams recently banned by Riot? Renegades' spot in the NA LCS has been purchased by EnVyUs, a North American esports organization known mostly for shooting games. The team will be known as Team Envy, and has already signed former Renegades players Shin "Seraph" Woo-yeong, Noh "Ninja" Geon-woo and Nickolas "Hakuho" Surgent.
A buyer for Team Impulse's spot has not yet been announced, but Team Dragon Knights sold its Challenger Series spot to VexX Gaming co-owner Amro "noXn" H. noXn has not yet announced the name of the new organization.
The other new team in the NA LCS, Apex Gaming, announced an impressive new 10-man roster, led by head coach Alberto "Crumbz" Rengifo (who announced his retirement from competitive play this week). Three of the listed starters are the same as they were in the Challenger Series: Lee "Shrimp" Byeong-hoon in the jungle and former LCS players Jang "Keane" Lae-young and Alex "Xpecial" Chu at mid and support, respectively.
But the team has brought in quite a few new players: former Edward Gaming substitute Jeon "Ray" Ji-won will start in the top lane, while former TIP and Dignitas starter Apollo "Apollo" Price will start at AD Carry. The team's substitutes, who will play on Apex's Challenger team (with a spot bought from Team Dignitas), are made up of former Incredible Miracle starting AD Carry Oh "Roar" Jang-won, LCS veterans Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov and Danny "Shiphtur" Le, and former LCS starters Cristian "Cris" Rosales and Kevin "KonKwon" Kwon.
Team SoloMid signed former Dream Team support Vincent "Biofrost" Wang to start with Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng in the bottom lane. Cloud9 announced the hiring of former SKT player and EDG coach Han-Gyu "Reapered" Bok as its new head coach, and signed former Team Liquid support Andy "Smoothie" Ta and former Gravity and NRG AD Carry Johnny "Altec" Ru as substitutes, likely for the C9 Challenger team.
The NA LCS regular season best-of-three schedule was also released, with new times and a three-day, two-stream broadcast.
Zven and Mithy, G2's new starting bottom lane. Photo via Riot Games.
Rosters were finalized, with plenty of last-minute transactions. G2 signed Origen's star bottom lane duo of Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen and Alfonso "Mithy" Aguirre Rodriguez, so Origen replaced them with Konstantinos "Forg1ven" Tzortziou-Napoleon (from H2K) and Glenn "Hybrid" Doornenbal (from G2).
The two teams will meet in a rematch of the EU LCS Finals on the first day of EU LCS action on June 12. The entire best-of-two regular season schedule was announced.
Unicorns of Love signed former Gravity jungler Kang "Move" Min-Su, and former Challenger Series players Fabian "Exileh" Schubert (mid lane) and Kim "Veritas" Kyoung-min.
Top-fight German soccer team FC Schalke 04 also officially announced its acquisition of Elements' LCS spot, with a team that will use the same name and branding as the soccer team. The team will retain Elements' roster from last split, with the exception of new signing Hampus "Fox" Myhre, the former mid laner for Unicorns of Lave.
Challenger qualifying has begun! Low Priority and K1ck Black, the two teams that met in the final of the EU West open qualifier, have jumped out to 3-0 starts.
|Group A||Group B|
|Low Priority||3-0||K1ck Black||3-0|
|Fnatic Academy||1-2||G2 Vodafone||1-2|
The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinal round, with the winners of each best-of-five semifinal qualifying for the Summer Challenger Series season. The group stage starts again Tuesday, with all games streamed live on Lolesports, YouTube and Twitch.
The Challenger qualifiers have also been played on Patch 6.10, making it one of the first competitive tournaments to be played with the big changes from the mid-season update.
Many things have stayed the same from what we saw on 6.8 at the Mid-Season Invitational: Azir and Ryze are still highly contested picks, and the popular jungle (Nidalee, Kindred, Graves, Elise) and AD Carry (Lucian, Ezreal, Caitlyn, Sivir) have stayed pretty much the same.
But there's been a higher emphasis on Trundle so far (picked or banned in all 14 games so far) and supports have shifted back towards tanks and away from the ranged supports we saw at MSI. Viktor (picked or banned in 10 out of 14 so far) and Gnar (6 out of 14) have also seen a bit of a resurgence.
Flame, now benched by Longzhu. Photo via Lolesports.com.
Longzhu Gaming has switched to a seven-man roster, benching former star top laner Lee "Flame" Ho-Jong and mid laner Kim "Frozen" Tae-il. Former starting AD Carry Kang "Cpt Jack" Hyung-woo has retired from professional play and moved to commentating, and will be replaced by former G2 AD Carry Kim "Emperor" Jin-hyun.
Samsung Galaxy signed Challengers Korea AD Carry Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk, and former AD Carry Jo "Core JJ" Yong-in moved to support.
Lots of movement, as rosters and teams were finalized ahead of the Summer season.
- Royal Never Give Up signed former Royal, OMG and QG Reapers AD Carry Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao.
- Hyper Youth Gaming renamed to Saint Gaming, and signed former LGD top laner Choi "Acorn" Cheon-ju.
- I May bought EDward Esports' spot and roster.
- Game Talents acquired Energy Pacemaker.All's spot, bringing in three players from that team, three from Masters3 and one from Team WE.
- Vici Gaming signed former Unlimited Potential AD Carry Pi "Xuan" Xiao-Xuan.
- Snake Esports signed 18-year-old Vietnamese prospect Lê "SofM" Quang Duy, but he won't join the LPL roster yet. SofM is the first LPL import not from Korea or the LMS.
The LMS Summer Promotion tournament ended. The two teams that qualified for the Summer Season are: eXtreme Gamers, seventh place out of eight in the Spring, and Flash Husky, winners of the region's Challenger Series Playoffs and also Flash Wolves' junior team. COUGAR E-Sports was relegated from LMS.
The CBLOL Winter Season started this week, with two best-of-twos for each team on Patch 6.8.
Big Gods, which started with -16 points due to not submitting a roster on time, sprung a surprising upset against paIN Gaming, which won CBLoL last Winter and entered this season as one of the likely favorites. KaBuM! opened up a perfect 4-0, while CNB's 3-1 ties with paIN for second.
CNB AD Carry Pablo "pbo" Yuri had a particularly good week, picking up a pentakill on Lucian. KaBuM! mid laner Guilherme "Vash" Del Buono leads all players with 26 kills through the four games, doing so on four different champions (Varus, Azir, Ryze, Anivia).
The standings after Week 1:
|1||KaBuM!||2 - 0 - 0||4 - 0||6|
|2||CNB e-Sports||1 - 1 - 0||3 - 1||4|
|2||paiN Gaming||1 - 1 - 0||3 - 1||4|
|4||INTZ e-Sports||0 - 2 - 0||2 - 2||2|
|4||Keyd Stars||0 - 2 - 0||2 - 2||2|
|6||Operation Kino||0 - 0 - 2||0 - 4||-4|
|7||RED Canids||0 - 1 - 1||1 - 3||-5|
|8||Big Gods||0 - 1 - 1||1 - 3||-15|
G2 Vodafone, currently also competing in the EU Challenger Qualifier, continued its strong LVP season with a 2-0 victory over KIYF. Second-place Baskonia, the only team within reach of G2V with just two weeks left of the regular season, also swept their Week 9 opponent, taking down PainGaming.
G2V and Baskonia do not play each other again during the regular season, but Baskonia has to play third-place ASUS. Also, all Spanish teams qualify for the LVP Playoffs. Here are the standings: