League of Legends NA LCS
When it comes to eSports betting in Canada and the rest of the world, League of Legends (LoL) is the most popular game to bet on. Developed by Riot Games in 2009, LoL dominates the eSports industry with the most number of leagues and some of the highest prize pools in the industry. For anyone interested in betting on a game or match, the North American League of Legends Championships Series (NA LCS) is the pre-eminent LoL League in North America.
About the NA LCS
The League of Legends Championship Series was first developed by Riot Games in 2012 and included 8 teams in North American and Europe. The idea was to develop a LoL League with a regular schedule and guaranteed salaries for the players. The success of the LCS was immediate, with the top teams automatically qualifying for the World Champs. Subsequent years have seen an increase in the number of teams and the allocation of championship points.
Today, the North American Championship Series comprises of 10 fully professional teams. During the regular season, each team plays every other team twice to make a total of 18 matches. The games are played in a best of 1 format with the entire competition stretching across two sections called splits. These include the spring and the summer split. All LoL eSports bookmakers will offer wagers on every game for both the spring and summer split. All of the matches are played at Riot’s studios in Los Angeles in front of a live audience. The games are also streamed live on Twitch and YouTube.
Championship Rules and Playoffs
The rules of the NA LCS North American Championship Series are no different to that of the international tournaments. If there is a tiebreaker in the regular season points, the team with the best head to head record will be rated higher. If the head to head record is the same, a tiebreaker match will be played. At the end of the regular season, the top 6 teams move through to the NA LCS playoffs. Playoff games are played as a best of five format with a single elimination round. Matches are also played for third and fourth place finishers.
How Championship Points Work
In order to qualify for the LOL World Championships, teams in the European and North American Championship series accrue points throughout the LoL season. Points are awarded for games won and for winning the LCS series. The team that wins the spring split gains maximum points while the team that wins the summer split automatically qualifies as top seed for their region.
What Happened in 2018?
The 2018 North American Champions Series summer split concluded in September. eSports betting in Canada reached its peak as the finals took place. The two teams competing in the finals were Cloud 9 and Team Liquid. Despite their good start, Cloud 9 fell to Team Liquid 3-0. The match for third place saw LCS defeat 100 thieves. The Spring split which took place in April saw much the same result with Team Liquid defeating 100 Thieves in the final.
LCS Betting Options
Putting money on the NA LCS is a great way to get into eSports betting in Canada. Whether you are putting money on the spring or summer split, wagers can be placed on each match or the tournament as a whole. Outright wagers are popular where you predict which team will win the split outright. Bets can also be placed on which 6 teams will qualify for the playoffs and which two teams will go through to the finals. Some sites also offer wagers where you predict which two teams will compete for third place.