Fans of European League of Legends will have to adjust their schedules for 2023. Riot Games has announced that the LEC is shifting its schedule. Starting with the 2023 Winter Split, the LEC will broadcast three days per week. The competitive weekend starts on Saturday and ends on Monday, going forward.
The changes are part of a larger overhaul by Riot Games. Across all League of Legends’ highest leagues, ERLs, and Valorant’s competitions, the publisher is making tweaks. The LEC is conceding its Friday spot for prominent ERLs to get more attention from fans. Valorant’s EMEA league will also play on Fridays.
In addition to the schedule changes, the LEC has announced its starting dates for the 2023 Winter Split. The competition kicks off on Jan. 21st. The playoffs start on Feb. 20th, and the grand final of the Winter Split concludes on Feb. 26th.
A brand new LEC format
Although the specific broadcast days are new information, it was confirmed earlier that the LEC would shift to a three-day broadcast weekend. The league is introducing a new competitive format for its next season. After each team has played against all other teams in a best-of-one, single Round Robin format, the bottom two teams drop out of the race.
The remaining eight teams are drawn into two groups, where they’ll play in best-of-threes to determine which four teams advance to the playoffs. The playoffs use a best-of-five system to determine the winner of the respective LEC split.