Season 2024, complete schedule of the restart

The kickoff of the competitive 2024 season will be in a few days! The entire League of Legends planet is preparing for the return of hostilities: LEC, LCS, LCK, LPL, LFL… Discover the full schedule right here the Kheys.

GOAL: THE 2024 LEAGUE OF LEGENDS WORLDS AND EMEA MASTERS

It’s time now to look ahead to the 2024 season and to know the dates of the resumption of the different regional championships all over the world. Over 100 teams spread across 10 regional leagues will start their race for the Summoner’s Cup and the title of World Champion, or for the EMEA Masters. The teams that win the first segment (Spring Split) (the second in the case of the LEC) will qualify for the 2024 Mid-Season Invitational, an international tournament which will take place – normally in May and will bring together the best teams from each regional league. As for the second major international event of the year, the 2024 League of Legends Worlds, it will take place next fall in Europe and will bring together, as usual, the two to four best teams from each major region and the champions of each minor region.

2024 season calendar

Here is the calendar for the start of the leagues of the 2024 season:

International leagues

ERL leagues


LEC – EMEA

Riot Games has unveiled some minor changes to the LEC starting from the 2024 season, which is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, January 13 with the first day of the Winter Split. One of the most important changes made to the format next year will be the merger of the group stage and the playoffs for each split into a single bracket. The aim with this adjustment is to make it easier to understand and follow the competition as it progresses. These brackets will have the same number of best-of-3 (Bo3) and best-of-5 (Bo5) series as before, with additional protection against repeated matchups for the Lower Bracket. This means that teams that faced each other in Upper Round 1 will no longer face each other in Lower Round 2.

The breaks between the Winter and Spring splits, as well as between the Spring split and the MSI, will be extended by one week. On the other hand, the break between the Summer Split and the LEC Season Finals will be reduced by one week. The matches will now start at 5:00 p.m.

The Championship Points will be changed to balance the value of each split. Teams finishing in 5th/6th and 7th/8th places will now receive the same number of points, and the stakes and points for each split will be increased.

Performance in the Summer Split is more valued. The Summer Split champion will automatically qualify for Worlds as the lowest seed (seed 4). The 2nd and 3rd placed teams in the Summer will also qualify for the LEC Season Finals, regardless of their championship points or past results. In addition, if two teams finish the year with the same number of championship points before qualifying for the LEC Season Finals, the team with the most championship points earned in the Summer will qualify. If they had the same number of championship points during the Summer, their head-to-head record from the regular season of the Summer Split will determine who qualifies.

LCS – North America

The American studio took the opportunity to announce changes in the scheduling of the LCS starting in 2024. One of the most notable changes is the reduction of the number of participating teams. For the first time since 2014, the league will have only eight teams instead of the usual ten. This change follows the departure of Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses from the LCS and the sale of TSM’s slot to Shopify Rebellion. The league will operate with the remaining eight teams due to the short deadline to fill the two vacancies after these departures​​​​.

Riot Games has confirmed that the matches of the North American league will again be played on the weekends, as was the case in 2022. This means that the LCS will be played on Saturdays and Sundays. This decision was made in response to the many feedbacks from the North American League of Legends community that found the weekday schedule of the previous year difficult to follow. The return to weekends should increase viewership and engagement, making it more convenient for fans to follow the tournament​​. Secondly, Riot Games has confirmed that the start of the new competition season will take place on the weekend of January 20th and 21st, 2024.

ERL – EMEA Masters

The accreditations for the ERL have been reviewed as they are each year to ensure that tournament organizers (TOs) meet Riot Games’ criteria and can operate sustainably at this level. This may have resulted in the granting or revocation of accredited status, depending on the region’s performance. As for the EMEA Masters, the final details for this tournament are being finalized and an update will be provided at the beginning of the new year. Here is the breakdown of accreditations for the 2024 season:

Accredited ERLs include:

Non-accredited ERLs include:

LJL & PCS & LCO – Oceania and Pacific

Riot Games made a significant announcement regarding the expansion of the Pacific Championship Series (PCS) ecosystem in League of Legends. Starting next year, this ecosystem will include the League of Legends Japan League (LJL). Although the LJL will continue to organize its own national championship in Japan, the road to international tournaments such as the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) and the Worlds is changing. Instead of direct qualifications, the top three teams in each split of the LJL will now be offered the opportunity to participate in the PCS playoffs. There, they will not only compete against the six PCS teams but also the two teams from the League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO), for a chance to represent their region on the international stage.

Furthermore, with this change, LJL players will be treated as members of the PCS league and will therefore not be considered foreign players when they play for teams within the PCS ecosystem. However, LJL teams still must include at least three Japanese players on their roster.

League of Legends Worlds 2024

Riot Games announced on November 19th that the grand finals of the 2024 League of Legends Worlds, scheduled for November 2, 2024, will be held in the UK, specifically at the O2 Arena in London. Subsequently, Riot Games announced that France, and specifically the city of Paris, will host a stage of this prestigious tournament. It is the brand new Adidas Arena in Paris (a venue of around 8000 seats located in the 18th arrondissement, in northeastern Paris, and scheduled to open in February) that will host the quarterfinals and the semi-final. The team that wins the MSI 2024 will automatically be awarded a place for the League of Legends World Championship, a novelty in the tournament’s history. This place will also count as an additional slot for its region. Additionally, the region with the best performance after the winning MSI team will receive an additional place for the World Championship. To ensure that the team that qualifies early for the World Championship remains committed to succeeding in its league, it must qualify for the playoffs of its region’s Summer Split to confirm its qualification, except for the LEC, where the team must qualify for the LEC Season Finals.

Additional details regarding tickets, specific venues for the different stages of the tournament, and other information will be announced in the coming months.

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