The 2022 LCS Summer Split starts this week. Esports.gg is here to bring the ultimate guide before the split kicks off.
With the 2022 League of Legends World Championship on the horizon, North America's best will be gearing up for what is set to be an action-packed LCS Summer Split. With the action kicking off on June 17, Esports.gg is here to bring you the ultimate fan guide. This guide will lay out the participating teams, the splits format, the prize pool and more.
Which teams will be competing in the 2022 LCS Summer Split?
The ten teams that competed in Spring will be returning for Summer. All eyes will be on the top four teams; Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, Team Liquid and Cloud9. Throughout Spring these four teams were jockeying to be the best team in North America.
Cloud9's swift departure from the playoffs made it a three-horse race and forced them into roster changes ahead of summer. With the likes of Jensen and Zven returning to the roster, C9 could make a case for themselves come the playoffs.
After a solid performance at MSI, Evil Geniuses will be looking to become the fifth team to win back-to-back championships. EG had plenty of close games against the major regions in South Korea, before finally taking down T1. All eyes will be on the young guns of EG, Danny and Jojopyun, two players that are expected to elevate to new heights in the Summer Split.
What is the format for the 2022 LCS Summer Split?
As is the standard in North America and leagues across the world, the LCS Summer Split will be divided into two parts. The first is the regular season and the second is the LCS Championship (playoffs). Starting with the regular season, the ten teams will compete in a double round-robin. Each match will be a best-of-one and the top eight teams qualify for the LCS Championship.
Although the team at the LCS has not confirmed its plans for the playoffs. It is highly expected to remain the same. The eight teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket. The teams that finish first and second in the regular season will start in the second round of the upper bracket. Teams that place third through sixth will start in round one of the upper bracket. Finally, teams seventh and eighth will start in round one of the lower bracket.
What is the prize pool for the 2022 LCS Summer Split?
The eight North American teams that qualified for the playoffs will be competing for a share of the $200,000 prize pool. Not only that, there will be three spots at the 2022 World Championship on the line. Here is how the prize pool will be distributed amongst the teams according to liquidpedia.
- 1st: $100,000 + NA's first seed at Worlds
- 2nd: $50,000 + NA's second seed at Worlds
- 3rd: $30,000 + NA's third seed at Worlds
- 4th: $20,000