The schedule for the League of Legends 2022 Summer Split has been revealed, with proceedings to commence on June 17. The announcement was made via the LEC’s official Twitter account.
“The #LEC Summer Season kicks off on June 17!”
Ten European teams will come together once again to compete, this time, for one of the three slots available for the 2022 World Championship. Although no word on the format or prize pool of the Worlds has been revealed, it promises to be the biggest event in 2022 League of Legends.
The 2021 World Championship was held in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a $2,225,000 prize pool. MAD Lions, Fnatic, and Rogue represented Europe, but MAD Lions went the farthest, finishing 8th of the 22 teams that participated in the competition.
Chinese esports organization EDward Gaming won the competition, walking away with $489,500.
MAD Lions, despite winning the 2021 Summer Split, have been off their pace. They have not had a good run this year, following a seventh-place finish in the 2022 LEC Spring.
Nonetheless, they will have an opportunity to redeem themselves come June, competing against nine other European teams, including Astralis, Excel Esports Fnatic, G2 Esports, Misfits Gaming, Rogue, SK Gaming, Team BDS, and Team Vitality.
Their form in 2021 was sublime, defeating G2 3-1 in the playoffs semifinals and sweeping Rogue in the winners’ finals. In the grand final, Fnatic was the unlucky opponent, losing 3-1 after an impressive run in the losers’ bracket.
The 2022 edition will follow a double round-robin format, with each team playing 18 games in the group stage. Teams have to be locked in from the jump as this round permits only a single match. Based on the win-loss percentage, teams will know their placement ahead of the playoffs.
While MAD has not been impressive, G2 Esports are worth keeping an eye on when the time comes. They won the 2022 LEC Spring split, sweeping Rogue in the best-of-5 showdown to qualify for the Mid-Season Invitational.
As we await the start of the Summer Split, fans can keep themselves entertained with the MSI. Some of the best teams across the world will be coming together to compete for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool.
The Invitational will commence on May 10 in Busan, South Korea, as all teams will be on ground to participate in the LAN event, with the exception of the LPL’s representative. Royal Never Give Up will be unable to travel due to COVID-19, and will be allowed to participate remotely.
Some teams are currently undergoing roster reconstruction ahead of the summer. One of such is Astralis, who have brought in three new players after winning only three matches in the LEC Spring.
The LEC promises to be an intriguing event, as there is more at stake for teams.