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LoL: LPL returns but doubts for the MSI

LoL: LPL returns but doubts for the MSI

Stopped dead in its tracks by the coronavirus outbreak in China, the LPL returns in March and could take part in the MSI, despite a delicate health context.

LoL: LPL returns but doubts for the MSI
  • UPDATE: 03/02 — From March 9, the LPL will start to organize three matches (in Bo3) per day instead of two to catch up with the western leagues. With this more sustained pace of competition, the regular season of Spring Split 2020 will end on April 19th.

Riot Games has just announced the resumption of the LPL, the Chinese League of Legends professional division, which has been suspended since the end of January due to the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan province. Officials have moved up the date of Monday 9 March to restart the competition, while the return of western broadcasting is expected from 15 March on both Youtube and Prior to the official resumption, the organizers had planned live broadcasted training sessions between the different teams.

However, the Chinese branch of Riot Games has set its conditions in the face of an increasingly uncertain health situation in the country. The rest of the Spring Split 2020 matches will be played online "until the possibility of reopening access to the stadiums in a peaceful manner", says Riot Games in its press release. To ensure the fairness and impartiality of the matches, the league has planned to have referees on-site at each match, a format never before seen in the history of professional leagues.

As a final requirement of the LPL, all players will be subject to a controlled quarantine period of fourteen days before returning to their gaming house. Players immobilized in quarantine zones will be able to resume competition from home.

A championship at a standstill as the Mid-Season Invitational approaches

The LPL's statements do not commit any changes to the schedule of Spring Split 2020, in a league with the largest number of teams in the world: seventeen in total. In China, only one week of competition could be played before the outbreak, while the LEC is already entering its sixth week of matches in Berlin.

Edward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up, winners of the MSI in 2015 and 2018 respectively. - League of Legends
Edward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up, winners of the MSI in 2015 and 2018 respectively.

In an earlier statement, John Needham, Head of Esports at Riot Games, also indicated that the date of the Mid-Season Invitational had been postponed due to the situation in China. The event — which still has neither an official date nor venue — would be able to host this year's world champion region, despite a significant delay.

Of all the possible avenues, that of a more sustained match pace seems difficult to envisage: the LPL is unlikely to manage to catch up with the competing leagues. China, on the other hand, could consider forgoing the return matches and refrain from playing Spring Split beyond the fifth week of the calendar.

In any case, the LPL champion will arrive unprepared against fit and trained teams. This will give LCS and Cloud9, still undefeated since the beginning of the season across the Atlantic, a chance to make their mark.

FunPlus Phoenix donate to combat coronavirus

A few days ago, the authorities in charge of the LPL decided to postpone Week 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. League of Legends World Champions FunPlus Phoenix announced yesterday that they would take action by donating 2 million yuan.


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