The LPL 2018 Season Primer

The first major League of Legends league to start their 2018 Season is the Chinese League of Legends Pro League (LPL). The highly competitive league was the first to announce that it will enter franchising after they announced it in April last year.

The Chinese league is home to teams like the inaugural Mid-Season Invitational champion EDward Gaming and veteran teams like LGD Gaming, Team WE, and Invictus Gaming.

The 2018 Season will feature an expanded league of 14 teams, coming from 12 teams in the previous season. Similar to the previous season, the teams were drawn into two groups this time based location of their respective home venues, separating the teams between East and West. Because of the change in format and the separation based on location, the league will have a home and away format similar to that of most traditional sports leagues like the NBA or football leagues.

Each team will go through a double round robin within the teams in their region and a single round robin against teams from the other region. Similar to the previous season, teams will be facing each other in a best-of-three format and the top four team per region continues on to the Playoffs.

The East region has the respective teams: Royal Never Give Up, Suning Gaming, Invictus Gaming, JD Gaming, LGD Gaming, Topsports Gaming, and Rogue Warriors. While the West regoin has Edward Gaming, Oh My God, Team WE, Snake Esports, Bilibili Gaming, Vici Gaming, and FunPlus Phoenix.

Two teams to keep an eye are of course the giants Royal Never Give Up and EDward Gaming. Both have shown to be pretty consistent locally having topped their respective groups in the Summer Split. Royal Never Give Up has since added in the All-Star Taiwanese jungler, Karsa. While Summer Split champions EDward Gaming retained their main roster and will look to defend their title.

The LPL begins on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 5 PM (GMT+8) with Invictus Gaming facing Royal Never Give Up. Watch the English broadcast on Twitch.

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