The 2023 LCK Spring, which begins on April 18, will feature a number of changes from previous seasons.
For starters, a unified roster will be piloted, giving teams a lot more freedom in roster construction, and the playoffs will be a double-elimination format.
We’ve also moved the most important game times for fans from 5:00 p.m. for Game 1 and 8:00 p.m. for Game 2 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to 7:30 p.m. for Game 2 on weekdays, so there’s less time between games if Game 1 ends early, and we’ve moved the start time to 3:00 p.m. on weekends to prevent people from having to take public transportation if Game 2 ends late.
We’ve also organized a special bracket for teams called the “Saturday Showdown,” which pairs high-profile matches with one game each Saturday. This puts them in a time slot where more fans can see them. Ten teams will appear in more than one special matchup, based on standings from the previous split, rivalries, and Stove League storylines.
We’ve also changed the price of tickets to the games. Instead of a single ticket per person, you can now buy up to two tickets per person, priced at 15,000 won on weekdays and 20,000 won on weekends. A portion of the ticket sales will be distributed to the 10 teams, while the rest will be used for operational expenses and the development of the LoL esports ecosystem. Tickets will go on sale on January 16 at 5pm for the opening match, with sales slots opening 48 hours before each match.
There are also changes to the platforms you can watch the LCK on, with Twitch being dropped from the mix, and live streams available on Naver and AfreecaTV starting this season. In addition, Lee Jung-hyun has been replaced by Bae Hye-ji and Ham Ye-jin, while Jung “Nope” No-cheol, Heo “Hoonie” Seung-hoon, Kang “Captain Jack” Hyung-woo, Shin “Helios” Dong-jin, Lim “Pony” Joo-wan, and Ko “Kokko-gat” Goo-jin will be joining the commentary team to make the LCK more interesting.
The aforementioned playoff double-elimination format means that the first and second place finishers in the regular league will go straight to the second round of the PO, while the third through sixth place finishers will play a team from the fifth and sixth place finishers in the first round of the PO. 토토사이트 The fourth place team will play the remaining teams, with the winner advancing to the second round and the loser being eliminated. The Spring Playoffs will begin on March 22, with the loser’s bracket finals on April 8, and the championship game the very next day on April 9. All matches are best-of-five, best-of-three.