Spring Split 2021 is upon us! We hope you’re pumped for new storylines, new rosters, a new game, and of course, a new year of fantasy. In this article, we’re going to talk about changes to the LCS format and how that affects DraftBuff fantasy leagues. If you want to a deep dive on how fantasy leagues work in general, check out our article here.
To kick things off, there are some considerable changes to the LCS with its new Lock-In Tournament which affects both the LCS and the LCS+LEC combined fantasy league formats, detailed in this article. If you are playing an LEC or LCK league, the format is pretty straightforward with weekly matches during the regular season.
LCS Fantasy League Format
The LCS is starting with a Lock-In Tournament going from 1/15 that lasts 3 weeks. After that, the regular Spring Split season starts on 2/5 and lasts 6 weeks. For an LCS only league, both the Lock-In tournament and the Spring Split are counted in the fantasy season and starts on 1/15, totaling a 9 week fantasy season during Spring. For the second half of the season, which starts after the MSI in June, you will have to create a new fantasy league – or you can simply renew your Spring league.
LCS+LEC Combined Fantasy League Format
The LEC starts on 1/22 while the LCS (as mentioned above) starts on 1/15. Because of this, the LCS+LEC combined leagues will skip week 1 of the LCS Lock-In tournament. The first week of the combined leagues will start on 1/22, for week 2 of the LCS and week 1 of the LEC. As the final 2 weeks of the Lock-In tournament are counted in the LCS+LEC fantasy season, to handle differences in matches played per week, all stats will be averaged based on the number of games played.
LEC Fantasy League Format
Starting on 1/22, LEC Fantasy leagues will consist of 8 weeks of matches, lasting until the end of the regular season. For the Summer Split, you will have the chance to renew your Spring Split league, so you can quickly jump back in the action with your friends!
LCK Fantasy League Format
Starting on 1/13, LEC Fantasy leagues will consist of 10 weeks of matches, lasting until the end of the regular season. For the Summer Split, you will have the chance to renew your Spring Split league as well!
Note: This is our default settings and commissioners can edit their schedule to remove certain weeks if they desire (for example the entire LCS Lock-In tournament). To do this, go to your League Settings, Commissioner Settings, and hit Edit Schedule.