All You Need to Know Before LPL Summer 2020

by Phirex

LPL Summer 2020 is just a few days ago now with the action set to get underway this week.

One of the biggest dates on the League of Legends annual calendar, LPL Summer 2020 sees some of the top names from the esport facing off against each other.

Following on from LPL Spring 2020 earlier in the year, anticipation for LPL Summer 2020 is reaching sky-high levels.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming LPL Summer 2020 esports event.

When and where is LPL Summer 2020 taking part?

Tencent Games is the organiser of the LPL Summer 2020, which is the latest edition of the top League of Legends event.

Hosted in China, the tournament is mainly entered by Asian teams and players, but the standard is so high that there is a lot of global interest in the LPL Summer 2020 as well.

Action gets under way on June 6 for the LPL Summer 2020 with 17 teams set to take part.

What is the format for LPL Summer 2020?

LPL Summer 2020 is highly anticipated – Credit: Riot Games

LPL Summer 2020 sees Asia’s top esports organisations face off in a round robin format with a total prize pool of ¥ 3,500,000 CNY (about $500,000) up for grabs at the event.

All 17 of the teams that enter will play each other over the course of the tournament’s first phase. Matches take place over a best of three format.

At the end of the round robin phase, the top eight teams will progress through to the playoffs. The two teams that finish at the top of the table will be seeded and go straight through to the semi-finals as a result. 

The LPL Summer 2020 entrants that finish third and fourth are guaranteed to play in the quarter-finals, while the rest of the esports teams will play in the first knockout round.

Matches in the playoff stage of LPL Summer 2020 are best of three rather than best of five, with the winning team going on to secure a place at the 2020 World Championship.

Such a top prize is sure to focus minds over the course of this year’s LPL Summer 2020 event.

Who are the top teams and players at LPL Summer 2020?

Here are the 17 teams who are booked in to compete at LPL Summer 2020 this month: 

  • Bilibili Gaming
  • Dominus Esports
  • Edward Gaming
  • eStar
  • FunPlus Phoenix
  • Invictus Gaming
  • JD Gaming
  • LGD Gaming
  • LNG Esports
  • Oh My God
  • Rogue Warriors
  • Rogue Warriors
  • Royal Never Give Up
  • Suning Gaming
  • Team WE
  • Top Esports
  • Vici Gaming
  • Victory Five

Clues as to what might happen at LPL Summer 2020 were seen at the recent LPL Spring 2020.

Despite only having joined the LPL earlier this year, eSar performed brilliantly at LPL Spring 2020. Among the teams they beat in a stunning start to the event were FunPlus Phoenix and Invictus Gaming – both former world champions – though their form then slipped away. Huang “Fenfen” Chen has joined eStar as a replacement for Yuan “Cryin” Cheng.

It was not eStar who won the tournament, though. JD Gaming – led by Zhang “Zoom” Xing-Ran – knocked out FunPlus Phoenix in the semi-finals before beating Top Esports 3-2 in the final. JD Gaming’s MVP jungler Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok is expected to star at LPL Summer 2020 again.

Top Esports will again look towards Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo – a former League of Legends world champion – while substitute ADC Ying “Photic” Qi-Shen has dropped out of the team.

Royal Never Give Up have also left Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao out of their team for LPL Spring 2020. Uzi missed the 2020 Spring Split due to wrist pains and it is unclear whether he will play on or retire.

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