EU LCS Summer Split Start Day Announced

by James Bates

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Are you afraid that with the impending end to the Mid-Season invitational that you'll have to put up with a lull in the League of Legends esports scene? Well fear no more, because the European LCS announced their start date today, and it's far closer to the present than anyone would have likely guessed beforehand.

Riot EU announced earlier today that the EU LCS Summer Split will be beginning on June 1st, which is barely a week after the end of the Mid-Season Invitational, an arrangement that is sure to be a bit uncomfortable for G2 Esports, who won't have much time for vacationing after all the action that they'll be expected to be in the midst of. 

The announcement was also presented along with a quick QA that answered quite a few other questions about what can be expected from the EU LCS 2017 Summer Split. We've presented some of the more topical ones below, but if you would like to take a look at the announcement yourself you can find it here.

When is the roster lock?

Roster lock is on May 23. This is the date at which Players and Coaches who will be eligible to play in Week 1 are locked in. Before this date, we won’t know full team rosters and things can change - though we expect less changes than the start of season roster madness. If teams miss this deadline for any Players, then they will not be eligible to start for Week 1.

Rosters and updated player profiles will be available on Lolesports shortly after the lock. We’ll need a few days to take some nice new pictures of each team. Additionally, any player who is signed to an EU LCS team will be updated on the official Global Contract Database.

When is the Group Draft happening?

The Group Draft will take place on May 26. There will be an announcement following the draft so you guys can find out the groups as soon as they’re selected.

When does EU LCS start?

The EU LCS Summer Split will kick off on Thursday June 1 at 17:00 CEST. Broadcast days remain the same, with shows happening on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and some Sundays. The show will now begin at 17:00 CEST on each day, instead of earlier at the weekends.

When is the full regular season schedule available?

The full EU LCS match schedule will be available online shortly after the Group Draft once the groups are locked in.  Same as the recent Spring Split, we’ll be using flex scheduling for Weeks 5-9 so the weekly matchups will always stay the same but the days or times might shift.

What’s flex scheduling?

Flex scheduling allows us to adjust the schedule so that the most compelling matchups fall within the "primetime" viewing window. The weekly matchups will still be the same, but we may shift match order or days around as teams rise and fall in the standings. Regardless of any changes made, we will always attempt to uphold certain scheduling policies (e.g. no team plays multiple matches within a day, teams playing two matches per week don’t play on back to back days, etc).

What are the dates for Playoffs, Promotion tournament and Regional Qualifiers?

All post-season dates will be on the full schedule that will be released after the Group Draft.

What patch will the start of Summer Split be played on?

Patch 7.10

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.