Cloud9 top laner Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami might have leaked the format changes coming to the LoL competitive scene in 2024.
On a recent episode of Hotline League, Fudge started the conversation by asking the host, Travis Gafford, if he heard anything about three international tournaments. Gafford then clarified that he asked Fudge to feed him the line so he could go ahead with the leak.
According to Gafford, all leagues are adopting a three-split format that would qualify them for three different international events. This would mean an additional event on top of the Mid-Season Invitational and the World Championship.
This decision might come as a response to fans who are constantly asking for more international events with high stakes.
When will the third international LoL event happen?
Adding another international event would mean a major change in the schedule for competitive play.
One possible sample of how the new schedule would look is the current LEC format. The 2023 Winter Season started on January 21, with ten teams competing in three “super weeks,” meaning a three-day schedule.
The top eight advanced to the Winter Groups stage, a double-elimination bracket that ran for two weeks. The top four advanced then to playoffs, another double elimination bracket that was played between February 20 and February 26 when G2 Esports was crowned the Winter Season champion and earned a spot at MSI 2023.
The entire Winter Season took a little over a month to be completed. A third international event could take place in March, with MSI moving into a summer schedule. Worlds would remain a winter event and the culmination of the competitive year.
While it looks easy enough on paper, not every league can adopt the LEC’s compact schedule. The LPL is in a unique position when it comes to schedule. The league has 17 teams and a schedule that runs Monday through Sunday with two best-of-three every day.
The information hasn’t been confirmed by Riot Games.