The LPL will host an online scrims league to counter coronavirus delays

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The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) in China is still postponed due to safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. After almost a month since the original delays, the league is broadcasting scrims online in a temporary league to give fans something to watch.

The online league will commence on February 26, 2020 with the five teams who have signed up so far: Top Esports, JD Gaming, Suning, eStar, and Victory Five. With no end to the LPL’s postponement in sight, this could be a good test to see if the obstacle of playing over the internet rather than LAN can be overcome in order to progress with the regular season.

It’s not known whether there will be any English commentary provided for the broadcast.  The LPL’s English speaking team of Joe ‘Munchables’ Fenny, Oisín ‘Penguin’ Molloy, Robert ‘Dagda’ Price and Jake ‘Hysterics’ Osypenko all returned home following the outbreak of the virus, which has so far killed more than 2,000 people worldwide.

It’s not known how the setback to the LPL will affect the annual Mid Season Invitational tournament (MSI) which invites the champions from the Spring Split of every league to compete. MSI is usually held in May every year but no details, including the tournament’s location, have been revealed by Riot Games so far.

And there are even bigger questions surrounding this year’s World Championships as the prestigious competition is scheduled to take place in China later this year with the final booked for Shanghai.

Reigning LPL and world champions FunPlus Phoenix will be keen to defend their titles and the organisation has already donated 2 million yuan (approximately $288,000) to help fight against the coronavirus

The LPL isn’t the only league to be affected by coronavirus either. The LoL Champions Korea (LCK) has continued as normal at the LoL Park arena but all the games have been played behind closed doors and all members of the media are required to wear face masks.