CompeteLeague: The 99%'s LCS

by James Bates

(Photo: CompeteLeague)

For fans of competitive League of Legends, the LCS is the gold standard. The combination of high-quality production and excellent play has made League's premier league the pinnacle of the esport that players long to join and broadcasters long to imitate. For the overwhelming majority of the player base, however, playing beneath the lights of the LCS is an unobtainable dream. For us plebians that lack either the ability, the time, or the motivation to compete against the top .1% of League's player base, taking part in such a production is impossible.

One group is on a quest to change that, however. The Patreon-funded group CompeteLeague has a very simple mission statement: to bring the intensity and grandeur of the LCS to everyone. To that end, they run premiere leagues for players in all elo brackets, with each league featuring broadcasted games and even an in-person final in a professional studio.

For the last few years, CompeteLeague has delivered on their mission spectacularly. Their leagues are constantly filled with players that have taken to the rift in order to prove their worth against others in their division, with the site receiving its share of increased popularity as a result. The site's main twitch channel is close to 100,000 views, and some of their former staff members have since gone on to work in the LCS proper, most notably Dominic "Dom" Roemer, who was recently hired to help cast the LPL. 

Players who sign up are broken up into three divisions based upon their rank. These divisions all have their own open leagues, a league where teams can join and leave freely and battle for the honor of making it into the premiere leagues, as well the broadcasted premiere leagues. The three divisions are Bronze/Silver teams, Gold/Platinum teams, and Diamond & up teams. Each team is formed exclusively by players from the indicated brackets, and smurfing is both easily discovered and harshly punished. 

Sign ups for the third season are underway, and this season promises to be bigger and better than any that came before. A front page appearance on the League of Legends subreddit has caused the userbase to explode over the last twenty-four hours, stressing the league's site in the process. Additionally, the League has stated an increased interest in additional promotional content for the leagues and is looking for volunteer content creators of all spades to help them on that quest.

Anyone eager to test their mettle can sign up on the CompeteLeague site, then register to join the free agent pool. Once there, they can contact existing teams or form them with other free agents and battle their way to the Premier Leagues, one victory at a time. The qualifiers for the Premier Leagues are in a few weeks time, so time is of the essence for those who hope to hear their own names on the cast. Beware, though, that WWG will show no mercy to any readers that are unfortunate enough to meet any of our writers on the rift.

To all of my soon-to-be rivals out there: good luck, and may the Elemental Drake RNG be ever in your favor.  

For more information, either go to CompeteLeague's main website or check out their detailed Reddit post here

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.