Riot Games has launched Champions Queue, a low-ping practice environment for North American pros.
All LCS and Academy players, as well as Liga Latinoamérica (LLA) pros, are eligible to compete. Proving Grounds amateurs and selected former LCS players are also eligible.
Former professionals-turned-streamers like Peng “Doublelift” Yiliang, Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, and Samson “Lourlo” Jackson, as well as pros without a team such as Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, have all been playing Champions Queue and streaming their games.
Here’s a list of former pros, streamers, and pros without a team currently in Champions Queue.
Pro players playing in Champions Queue NA
Players from the following teams are automatically eligible to play in Champions Queue NA.
|LCS TEAMS||ACADEMY TEAMS|
|100 Thieves||100 Thieves Academy|
|Evil Geniuses||Evil Geniuses Academy|
|Golden Guardians||Golden Guardians Academy|
|Team Liquid||Team Liquid Academy|
|Counter Logic Gaming||Counter Logic Gaming Academy|
Professionals from the LLA can compete in Champions Queue as well.
|All Knights||Estral Esports|
|Team Aze||XTEN Esports|
Proving Grounds amateur players, as well as invited players who are at least Grandmaster rank on the North American solo queue ladder, are also invited to Champions Queue.
Former pros and streamers playing in Champions Queue NA
Riot has also invited former LCS alumni to Champions Queue, and like everyone else, they’re allowed to stream their games.
|Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi||Twitch|
|Peng “Doublelift” Yiliang||Twitch|
|Samson “Lourlo” Jackson||Twitch|
|Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen||Twitch|
|Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen||Twitch|
|Willian “Stunt” Chen||Twitch|
|Andy “Smoothie” Ta||Twitch|
|Eugene “Pobelter” Park||Twitch|
Champions Queue NA is open daily between 10 a.m to 5 p.m. GMT+8 (6 p.m. to 1 a.m. PT), and 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT+8 (10 a.m. to 1 a.m. PT) on Mondays.
These timings were built around pro player scrims, according to Riot.