NA LCS Spring Split 2017 odds
The North American League of Legends Championship Series is a fully professional League of Legends tournament. Ten teams compete in a round robin stage, with the top 6 teams continuing to an offline playoffs. Winner of the Spring Split will represent North America in the Mid-Season Invitational.
The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split start date is scheduled for Friday, January 20.
With huge roster shifts such as Team Dignitas signing Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho and Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun, Gwang-jin “Piglet” Chae re-joining Team Liquid, Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin departing Immortals to join Team Liquid, Lee “Flame” Ho-jong signing with Immortals, and Jason “WildTurtle” Tran returning to Team SoloMid, it’s sure to be a rocker of a season.
Ten teams are confirmed to participate in the NA LCS 2017 Spring Split. Team Dignitas, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, Team EnVyUs, Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, Phoenix1, and Echo Fox will all be returning to compete. New team Milwaukee Bucks will be competing for the first time, although its roster is comprised of LCS veterans Hai “Hai” Du Lam, Daerek “LemonNation” Hart, An “BalIs” Le, and Johnny “Altec” Ru.
The NA LCS will bring on some changes in 2017. The biggest change is that the eighth place team will no longer be sent to the Promotion Tournament. The old format used to send the bottom three teams to the Promotion Tournament with two teams from the Challenger Series to duke it out to see who would come back to the LCS. Now it will just be two from the LCS as well as the top two teams from the CS.
Moreover, The Promotion Tournament will be based off of a double-elimination style bracket. The ninth place LCS squad will face the second place CS team while the tenth place LCS team squares off against the first place CS team. To get into LCS the teams has to obtain 2 wins, while 2 losses head down to the CS.
Riot has juiced up the prize pool up to $200,000 per split as well as giving teams a guarenteed minimum of $50,000 of new digital product revenue per split. Raising the LCS prize pool was something that isn't overly important but also provides teams with more opportunity to make money. "With rising salaries and minimum compensation requirements in the NA LCS, prize pools aren’t the main driver of competition. However, we want to continue to provide improved compensation as our League continues to grow and mature." The prize pool increase is the first in NA LCS history.
Cloud9 has made a roster move ahead of the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split, replacing starting jungler William “Meteos” Hartman with 17-year-old prospect Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia, the team announced. The team has also signed 18-year-old former Apex top laner Ji-won “Ray” Jeon, who will join the team as a substitute.
Rounding out the Team EnVyUs roster for the 2017 NA LCS league is Jungler lira and AD Carry Apollo. This is in addition to retaining, from the 2016 season, Top-laner Seraph, Mid-laner Ninja, and Support Hakuho.Of the newcomers to Team EnVyUs, Apollo shows more experience in competitive League of Legends tournaments. He has played in North America for both LCS and challenger teams, most recently as a member of Team Dignitas.