The 2018 competitive League of Legends season is finally here and while some regions, like the China’s LPL and Korea’s LCK, have gotten a few games in already, this weekend marks the openers for all of Riot’s LCS leagues.
This year, those leagues include the EU LCS, the NA LCS, and, the NA Academy League, which will make its stream debut on Friday, Jan 19.
This marks the first League of Legends season that franchising will be in effect for the North American LCS, meaning that teams no longer have the threat of relegation looming over their heads and are free to think about the development of their rosters over the long term, rather than finding success immediately.
The EU LCS will play its matches on Friday and Saturday, the Academy League will play matches on Thursday that will be available on VOD at a later time, as well as live broadcast matches on Friday. Meanwhile, the NA LCS will return to its old schedule of matches held on Saturday and Sunday. Each of these leagues can be seen on Riot’s twitch channels for their respective regions, EU LCS and NA LCS.
Friday, Jan 19
- G2 Esports vs Misfits Gaming, 12:00 p.m. EST
- Team Vitality vs H2K, 1:00 p.m. EST
- Unicorns of Love vs Giants, 2:00 p.m. EST
- Roccat vs FC Schalke 04, 3:00 p.m. EST
- Fnatic vs Splyce, 4:00 p.m. EST
NA LCS Academy
- Team Liquid vs TSM Academy, 6:00 p.m. EST
- 100 Thieves Academy vs OpTic Gaming Academy, 7:00 p.m. EST
- Clutch Gaming Academy vs Golden Guardians Academy, 8:00 p.m. EST
- Echo Fox Academy vs FlyQuest Academy, 9:00 p.m. EST
- Counter Logic Gaming Academy vs Cloud9 Academy, 10:00 p.m. EST
Saturday, Jan 20
- Giants vs Team Vitality, 11:00 a.m. EST
- Splyce vs Unicorns of Love, 12:00 p.m. EST
- H2K vs Fnatic, 1:00 p.m. EST
- G2 Esports vs Roccat, 2:00 p.m. EST
- Misfits Gaming vs FC Schalke 04, 3:00 p.m. EST
- Team Liquid vs TSM, 5:00 p.m. EST
- 100 Thieves vs OpTic Gaming, 6:00 p.m. EST
- Clutch Gaming vs Golden Guardians, 7:00 p.m. EST
- Echo Fox vs FlyQuest, 8:00 p.m. EST
- Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud9, 9:00 p.m. EST
Sunday, Jan. 21
- OpTic Gaming vs Team Liquid, 5:00 p.m. EST
- FlyQuest vs TSM, 6:00 p.m. EST
- Counter Logic Gaming vs 100 Thieves, 7:00 p.m. EST
- Golden Guardians vs Cloud9, 8:00 p.m. EST
- Echo Fox vs Clutch Gaming, 9:00 p.m. EST