China’s LPL Spring Split playoffs will take place online starting April 22.
The LPL was brought screeching to a halt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After some unofficial matches were played to test the efficacy of an online format, the LPL had finally returned on March 9, giving teams just six weeks to fit in the entire remainder of the season’s matches. To fit all the action in, the LPL had three best-of-three matches every day, making it quite the grind for players. Now there’s just one week left to decide which eight teams will compete in the playoffs, which will run through May 2.
The Spring Split playoffs will be in the standard best-of-five format, split into two groups. The first, fourth, fifth and eighth-seeded teams will compete on one side of the bracket. The second, third, sixth and seventh will face off in the other.
While there is still one more week of matches ahead, the LPL leaderboard currently has Invictus Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, TOP Esports, and eStar at the top. The other four teams will most likely be JD Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, Edward Gaming, and OMG if no major upsets occur. If they win this week’s matches, Team WE and Vici Gaming can qualify for the playoffs instead.
The winner of the playoffs will receive 60 championship points. They will also represent China in the Mid-Season Invitational, which was moved to July.
The playoffs are already underway in North America and Europe. The LCS will have its semifinal and final matches this upcoming weekend, with FlyQuest and Evil Geniuses competing to take on Cloud9 for the championship title. Cloud9 have been almost unstoppable this season, with many League of Legends fans wondering if the dominant team will have the same results when facing international competition.
The LEC is also looking to crown its Spring Split winner next weekend. MAD Lions and G2 Esports will compete in the semifinals for the chance to face Fnatic on Sunday. Right now, most fans are thinking it will be G2 in the finals versus Fnatic. The former MSI champions might also take the whole thing, giving them a chance to defend their international title.
The LCK postseason begins on April 18.
Even though the online broadcasts haven’t been perfect, fans are excited to have this professional competitive action while stuck in quarantine and lockdown. Some players have felt a lack of motivation this season, especially after playing from within their rooms, but the effort Riot has put into making the Spring Split continue has been repeatedly acknowledged by the League of Legends community.