Riot Games is revamping the LEC 2024 season.
They’re making adjustments to the League of Legends EMEA Championship’s Group stage and playoffs formats, match scheduling, championship point systems, and more.
These changes aim to elevate the overall competition, with Riot drawing insights from the past year and feedback from fans, teams, and players.
Let’s take a look at the new changes coming to the EMEA league in 2024.
Riot Games implements changes to LEC 2024 with bracket merges and championship points adjustments
The LEC format is undergoing a notable change, combining the Group Stage and Playoffs into a unified bracket for each split.
The brackets will maintain the familiar best-of-three and best-of-five series format, with a new feature that ensures that teams won’t face each other again in the Lower Bracket if they’ve already played in the Upper Round 1.
This adjustment aims to enhance clarity and streamline the competition viewing experience.
Here’s an overview of the new LEC 2024 bracket:
Championship Points (CP) are undergoing adjustments as well.
The LEC is assigning equal points to both fifth and sixth, as well as seventh and eighth-place finishers in each split.
The stakes and points available for each split is also increased. The winner of the Spring split receives more points than the Winter split, and CP progressively increases as teams advance through the season until the Summer split.
The revised Championship Point distribution is as follows:
Riot Games is placing greater importance on LEC Summer Split performance. The LEC Summer Champion automatically secures a spot at Worlds as the lowest seed.
Additionally, the second and third placed teams from the Summer Split qualifies for the LEC Season Finals, regardless of Championship Points or past results.
In the event that two teams finish the year with equal CP during LEC Season Finals qualification, the team with a higher number of CP earned in Summer will secure the spot.
If both teams have the same CP from Summer, their head-to-head record in the Summer Split regular season will be the determining factor for qualification.
For rookies who are looking into playing in the EMEA league, the LEC is increasing the minimum age for players participating from 17 to 18 years old.
“After carefully evaluating the needs of our partnered teams, as well as assessing our recent player age history, we are increasing our age limit to enable teams and the LEC to explore additional revenue opportunities which we hope will help with sustainability, particularly in the current economic environment,” Riot Games wrote in a press release.
All changes will be in effect when LEC 2024 starts on Saturday, January 13 at 5 p.m. CET | 8 a.m. PST | 4 p.m. GMT | Sunday, January 14 at 12 a.m. GMT+8.