With the imminent kicking off of the 2023 LEC season, Riot Games has released a new primer with new details on specifics like side selection, tiebreakers, and, crucially, how the second seed for May’s Mid-Season Invitational event in London will be decided. It also confirms how the League of Legends World Championship qualification will be decided.
According to the primer, the winner of the inaugural LEC Winter Split will take the second seeding for MSI. This certainly raises the stakes of the split dramatically, as only Championship Points were initially available. However, points still mean prizes. Should a team win both Winter and Spring Splits, then the team with the most points from the first two splits will take the second seed spot instead.
On January 18, LEC Commissioner Artem Bykov told The Loadout as part of an upcoming interview that the league was “very close to figuring out” what the MSI 2023 second seed criteria would be. Evidently, this final decision was made within the past 48 hours or so of the primer going out.
While MSI is still several months away, it’s great to know that every LEC game is now equally valuable across those first two splits for getting a seat at the table. Needless to say, teams hoping to make the cut will most likely pull together those synergies and work on those meta reads with renewed vigour.
Ahead of the new LEC season, we sat down with Vitality star Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, which you should absolutely check out before the action kicks off.