Some time ago it was announced that the most important League of Legends competition in South Korea, League of Legends Champions Korea, will change to a franchise model, which is also used in Europe, North America and China. Today we found out who is most likely to be in the LCK franchise and who is on the “reserve list”.
The number of participating teams will not change and will still be ten. Therefore, the organizer of the competition faces the difficult task of making the right choice, after all, it is obvious that there are more interested parties. Of all the formations competing in LCK 2020 Summer, as many as nine were on the list of main candidates. The exception is SeolHaeOne Prince, who only spent two splits at the highest level in South Korea. In spring, they won six of their eighteen matches, and in the summer they only won one.
Instead of SP in LCK, we can see the team exhibited by BRION Esports. A few months ago, this company was on the lips of many in Korea, due to the investment it received from, among others, Kim Hee-Chul, a K-Pop star.
If rumors are to be believed, BRION and other teams will have to pay between $10 million and $12 million to enter the LCK, the entrance being more expensive for a team that does not currently hold a place in the league.
List of ten main candidates for the LCK franchise:
- Afreeca Freecs,
- BRION E-Sports,
- DAMWON Gaming,
- Gen. G,
- Hanwha Life Esports,
- KT Rolster,
- SANDBOX Gaming,
- Team Dynamics,
The reserve list contains the names of six teams. These are what will be taken into account if Riot fails to come to an agreement with any of the ten previously mentioned formations. Here we can find the already mentioned SeolHaeOne Prince, Element Mystic, Awesome Spear, OZ Gaming or the undoubted legend of the Korean League of Legends scene — Jin Air Greenwings.
Negotiations will take place in the near future, the result of which will probably be known before the end of 2020. Then the full list of League of Legends Champions Korea 2021 participants will be presented.