The LEC returns on June 12 with a rematch between G2 Esports and MAD Lions.
After successfully concluding its Spring Split last week and with the cancellation of this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) has announced the schedule for this year’s Summer Split.
The second half of the LEC regular season will commence on Friday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. CEST (June 13 at 12:00 a.m. GMT+8).
To kick off the Summer Split, the LEC has packed Week 1 with best-of-one matches running for three days from Friday through Sunday. After this Superweek, subsequent weeks will follow a two-day schedule.
LEC 2020 Spring Split champions G2 Esports will kick off the season against MAD Lions on day one. MAD Lions upset G2 Esports in the first round of the Spring playoffs, before G2 got their revenge in the semifinals, so there’s definitely a growing rivalry between these two teams.
The season will continue to be played online, but if the COVID-19 situation improves, there is a chance action might move back to the LEC studio in Berlin.
“We’re continually assessing the situation with COVID-19 and its impact on the Summer Season. Currently, we have yet to determine when and how we will be able to safely bring LEC play back into our studio in Berlin – including when we can welcome back a studio audience,” said League Operations lead, Maximilian “Max the X” Schmidt.
The 2020 Summer Playoff Final will be held on September 5 and 6 and is currently scheduled to take place in Malmö, Sweden, however this is also subject to the COVID-19 situation.
LEC Roster Moves That Should be Made Before Summer
After the LEC 2020 Spring Split has officially ended, many teams will be making adjustments to become as strong as possible for the Summer Split. While orgs like G2, Fnatic, and MAD Lions may not be looking to change around too much, teams that failed to meet expectations or even qualify for playoffs at all, will have plenty of time to reflect on the next step.
The 2019 LEC offseason was full of roster surprises throughout Europe. Some of them, like MAD Lions and Misfits, overperformed leaps and bounds over their perceived skill levels. Others, like Excel Esports and FC Schalke 04 fell flat when they were expected to succeed.
The LEC Summer Split is the most important split hands down. How a team performs directly impacts their ability to qualify for the 2020 World Championship. Some teams shouldn’t think about rocking the boat before summer, but others may have their work cut out for them.