League of Legends Season 3 Championship Series

Riot Announces Schedule for League of Legends Season 3 Championships

Riot has announced its plans for the upcoming League of Legends Season 3 Championship Series, and what they have put together looks to go a long way towards adding order to what is typically a somewhat chaotic and difficult to follow eSports scene.  Eight teams from North America and eight teams from Europe will compete weekly throughout the season to determine which teams will participate in the World Champioships at season’s end.  With a set field of competitors, and a consistent match schedule, the LoL Championship Series (LCS) should be very exciting.

First Half of Regular Season

The first half of the season kicks off on February 7th, and runs through April 20th.  Each Thursday and Friday the North American teams will face off in matches that will be streamed live and free in HD with interviews and analysis.  The European division will do the same on Saturday and Sunday.  Riot is creating a site where viewers who missed the live games can go and see spoiler-free VOD’s of the matches and catch up on all the action.  TSM, Dignitas, and CLG are already guaranteed a spot in the League of Legends Season 3 Championship Series for North America.  SK Gaming, the former members of, and the now former members of M5.BenQ will have guaranteed places in the LCS as well.

Mid-Season Playoff Tournament

After the first half of the regular season, the top six teams from each region will compete in a mid-season playoff tournament that will determine which teams move on to compete in the second half of the season.  The two lowest teams from the mid-season playoff will join the two lowest teams from the first-half of the regular season to compete in a promotion tournament in which they will be challenged by rising stars from the amateur ranks for a chance to compete in the second half of the League of Legends Season 3 Championship.

All-Star Break

What professional sport is complete without showing off its all-stars?  After the promotion tournament, the international All-Star break showcases the best players from around the world assembled into regional teams.

“The tournament will pit region against region, and let’s just say the stakes will be high!”

Second Half of Regular Season

The second half of the regular season will follow on June 1st and run through August 31st.  The competition will be structured just like the first half, but this time the end result will be final selections for spots in the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship Tournament.

What fans are going to end up with is an understandable season structure, and the ability to follow along and know which teams are doing well and which teams are struggling.  All the action begins next month, and the fact that all of these matches will be streamed for free in HD means that this is an exciting time to be a fan of LoL!  Good luck to all the teams who are participating in the League of Legends Season 3 Championship Series!

It’s time to start making you picks for Season 3.  Who do think is going to take the Championship this year?  What team will be the Cinderella team of the season?  Let us know who you like!