LoL Academy 104: Leagues and Team Breakdown: LCS, LPL, LCK, LEC

League of Legends is a premier Esport that has leagues located around the world, that culminate and compete in an annual World Championship. There is great talent located around the world, and the World Championship is the main way for that talent to compete against one another.

In this article, I will go through and talk about the 4 major leagues for League of Legends around the world, and introduce you to each of the teams. League of Legends was developed in the United States by Riot Games but is most popular in Asia, and the Asian region as a whole has had the most success in League of Legends. South Korea and China have the best teams in the world and have taken the World Championship title a majority of the time since it began in 2012.

LECLCSLPLLCK
G2 EsportsCounter Logic GamingVici GamingT1
FnaticTSMBilibili GamingGen.G
Misfits GamingCloud9Dominus EsportsDragonX
SK GamingTeam LiquidEdward GamingAfreeca Freecs
Team VitalityFlyQuesteStarDamwon Gaming
Origen100 ThievesFunPlus PhoenixDRX
Schalke 04Golden GuardiansInvictus GamingHanwha Life Esports
Excel EsportsDignitasJD GamingKT Rolster
MAD LionsEvil GeniusesLGD GamingSandbox Gaming
RogueImmortalsLNG EsportsTeam Dynamics
OMGSeolHaeOne Prince
Royal Never Give Up
Suning
Team WE
Top Esports
Victory 5

Top 4 Leagues

1. League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK)

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The LCK is the top LEague of Legends league in South Korea and is widely regarded as the best and most competitive league in the world. The League has 10 teams and sends 2 to the World Championship each year. South Korean teams have the most World Championship victories as well and boast the most talented national team. The game is widely played in South Korea competitively and boasts a healthy amount of lower leagues as well.

Afreeca Freecs

LCK Titles- 0
Roster- Kiin, Spirit, Fly, Mystic, Ben
Best Finish @ Worlds- 5th-8th, 2018

Damwon Gaming

LCK Titles- 0
Roster- Nuguri, Canyon, Showmaker, Ghost, BeryL
Best Finish @ Worlds- 5th-8th, 2019

DRX

LCK Titles- 0
Roster- Doran, Pyosik, Chovy, Deft, Keria
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Gen.G

LCK Titles- 2
Roster- Rascal, Clid, Bdd, Ruler, Kellin
Best Finish @ Worlds- 13th-16th, 2018

Hanwha Life Esports

LCK Titles- 1
Roster- CuVee, CaD, Lava, Viper, Lehends
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

KT Rolster

LCK Titles- 2
Roster- Ray, BonO, Kuro, Aiming, TusiN
Best Finish @ Worlds- 5th-8th, 2018

Sandbox Gaming

LCK Titles- 0
Roster- Lonely, OnFleek, Dove, Leo, Gorilla
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

SeolHaeOne Prince

LCK Titles- 0
Roster- ikssu, Cover, HyBriD, Flawless, Secret
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

SK Telecom T1

LCK Titles- 9
Roster- Canna, Cuzz, Faker, Teddy, Effort
Best Finish @ Worlds- 1st, 2013, 2015, 2016

Team Dynamics

LCK Titles- 0
Roster- Rich, Beyond, Kuzan, deokdam, GuGer
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

League of Legends Pro League (LPL)

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The League of Legends Pro League is the top league for Chinese competition in League of Legends. The top three finishers in the league get an automatic bid to the World Championships each year. The top 8 teams compete in a tournament at the end of the year to see who can go.
The LPL has had its share of winners and has some of the best League teams in the world, including the defending World Champions, and one of the best leagues overall.

Vici Gaming

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- Cube, Aix, Forge, iBoy, Hang
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Bilibili Gaming

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- Kingen, Meteor, FoFo, Wings, Jinjiao
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Dominus Esports

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- Chelizi, Xiaopeng, Twila, xubin, Yui
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Edward Gaming

LPL Titles- 5
Roster- Aodi, JunJia, Scout, Hope, Meiko
Best Finish @ Worlds- 5th-8th, 2018

eStar

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- Xiaobai, Wei, FenFen, Wink, ShaiuC
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

FunPlus Pheonix

LPL Titles- 1
Roster- GinGoon, Tian, DoinB, Lwx, Crisp
Best Finish @ Worlds- 1st, 2019

Invictus Gaming

LPL Titles- 1
Roster- TheShy, Ning, Rookie, Puff, Baolan
Best Finish @ Worlds- 1st, 2018

JD Gaming

LPL Titles- 1
Roster- Zoom, Kanavi, Yagao, LoKen, LvMao
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

LGD Gaming

LPL Titles- 1
Roster- Garvey, Peanut, xiye, Kramer, Mark
Best Finish @ Worlds- 9th-11th, 2015

LNG Esports

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- Flandre, Xx, Maple, Light, Duan
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

OMG

LPL Titles- 1
Roster- Curse, Icon, Smlz, cold, H4cker
Best Finish @ Worlds- 3rd-4th, 2014

Royal Never Give Up

LPL Titles- 3
Roster- 705, XLB, Cryin, Betty, Ming
Best Finish @ Worlds- 3rd-4th, 2017

Suning

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- Bin, SofM, Angel, huanfeng, Owo
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Team WE

LPL Titles- 1
Roster- Morgan, beishang, Plex, Missing, Juimeng
Best Finish @ Worlds- 3rd-4th, 2017

Top Esports

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- 369, Karsa, knight, JackeyLove, QiuQiu
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Victory 5

LPL Titles- 0
Roster- biubiu, ping, clx, Samd, ppgod
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

3. League of Legends European Championship (LEC)

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The LEC is the top flight division for the European League of Legends teams. The season for the LEC is split into two parts, spring and summer. They compete for a chance to make it to the World Championship as the representatives of their region. Only the top two teams make it from the LEC each year. Traditionally, G2 Esports and Fnatic have been the most successful teams out of Europe year in and year out, and are the teams to watch that could win it all from Europe.

G2 Esports

LEC Titles- 6
Roster- Wunder, Jankos, Caps, Perkz, Mikyx
Best Finish @ Worlds- 2nd, 2019

Fnatic

LEC Titles- 5
Roster- Bwipo, Dan, Nemesis, Rekkles, Hylisang
Best Finish @ Worlds- 3rd/4th, 2015

SK Gaming

LEC Titles- 2
Roster- Sacre, Tricks, Jenax, CROWNSHOT, Limit
Best Finish @ Worlds- 9th, 2015

Origen

LEC Titles- 0
Roster- Alphari, Xerxe, Nukeduck, Upset, Destiny
Best Finish @ Worlds- 3rd/4th, 2015

Team Vitality

LEC Titles- 0
Roster- Cabochard, Skeanz, Milica, Comp, Jactroll
Best Finish @ Worlds- 9th-12th, 2018

Schalke 04
LEC Titles- 0
Roster- Odoamne, Gilius, Abbedagge, Innaxe, Dreams
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Misfits Gaming

LEC Titles- 0
Roster- Dan Dan, Razork, Kobbe, Denyk, Febiven
Best Finish @ Worlds- 5th-8th, 2017

Excel Esports

LEC Titles- 0
Roster- Kryze, Special, Kore, Caedrel, Patrik
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Mad Lions

LEC Titles- 0
Roster- Orome, Shad0w, Humanoid, Kaiser, Carzzy
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Rogue

LEC Titles- 0
Roster- Finn, Inspired, Larsson, Vander, Hans Sama
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

4. League of Legends Championship Series (LCS)

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The Championship series is the top league for League of Legends for North American competition including the United States and Canada. The league is structured like the other major leagues around the world, and divide their season into a spring and summer seasons. All games played for the LCS are played in Los Angeles at Riot Games studios.

Counter Logic Gaming

LCS Titles- 2
Roster- Ruin, Wiggily, Potbelter, Stixxay, Smoothie
Best Finish @ Worlds- 5th, 2011

TSM

LCS Titles- 6
Roster- BrokenBlade, Spica, Doublelift, biofrost, Bjergsen
Best Finish @ Worlds- 5th-8th, 2014

Cloud9

LCS Titles- 3
Roster- Licorice, Blaber, Nisqy, Vulcan, Zven
Best Finish @ Worlds- 3rd-4th, 2018

Team Liquid

LCS Titles- 4
Roster- Impact, Broxah, Jensen, Tactical, CoreJJ
Best Finish @ Worlds- 9th-12th, 2019

FlyQuest

LCS Titles- 0
Roster- Solo, Santorin, PowerofEvil, Mash, IgNar
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

100 Thieves

LCS Titles- 0
Roster- Ssumday, Contractz, Ryoma, Cody Sun, Poome
Best Finish @ Worlds- 9th-12th, 2018

Golden Guardians

LCS Titles- 0
Roster- Hauntzer, Closer, Damonte, FBI, Huhi
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Dignitas

LCS Titles- 0
Roster- Laurio, Akaadian, Fenix, Johnsun, JayJ
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Evil Geniuses

LCS Titles- 0
Roster- Huni, Svenskeren, Jiizuke, Bang, Zeyzal
Best Finish @ Worlds- N/A

Immortals

LCS Titles- 0
Roster- Allorim, Potluck, Eika, Altec, Gate
Best Finish @ Worlds- 14th-16th, 2017

  
I am a journalism major at Michigan State entering my 3rd year. I aspire to be a sports writer covering college basketball or the NBA. In my free time, I watch as many sports as I can, play video games, and watch eSports.

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