Asia Pacific and Southeast Asian League of Legends fans rejoice! 2020 will be the start of something grand in the LoL esports scene for this region. Riot Games is working together with a few companies to organise a new LoL esports tournament.
The League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (PCS) begins next year on 8 February 2020. Both the LoL Master Series (LMS) and LoL Southeast Asia Tour (LST) will be merged into the PCS. The tournament covers Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.
Riot Games are working together with FunPlus Esports (owner of Worlds 2019 champion FunPlus Phoenix) and Garena to organise the tournament. The tournament will run in a best-of-one format and double-elimination playoffs. All the matches are planned to be hosted online due to the geographical diversity.
A total of ten teams will be taking part in the PCS. Here are the nine that have been revealed:
1. ahq eSports Club (Taipei)
Established in September 2012, ahq is one of the region’s most celebrated esports organizations, having achieved competitive success across a variety of esports titles, while representing the LMS region in multiple World Championships.
2. Alpha Esports (Taipei)
Alpha made its debut during Season 9 of the LMS. With a brand new team roster, Alpha is looking to make a name for itself in the PCS.
3. J Team (Taipei)
J Team debuted during the 2016 LMS Summer Split and has consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the region. They performed incredibly well in 2019, winning the LMS Summer Split and cementing a spot at the World Championship in Europe. J Team is owned by acclaimed musician Jay Chou.
4. G-Rex Gaming (Hong Kong)
Owned by Emperor Entertainment Group, G-Rex Gaming is one of Hong Kong’s most respected entertainment enterprises. Despite being a young esports organization, G-Rex represented the LMS at Worlds in 2018.
5. Hong Kong Attitude (Hong Kong)
Founded in 2013, Hong Kong Attitude is considered amongst the top esports organizations in the region and has competed at multiple World Championships, including this year’s event.
6. Resurgence (Singapore)
Established in 2017 with a vision to elevate the Southeast Asian esports scene, Resurgence (RSG) is the largest esports organization in Singapore.
7. Liyab Esports (Manila)
In just a short span of time, Liyab has become synonymous with Filipino esports. Having recently undergone a rebrand and name change (they were formerly known as Mineski), the heart and spirit of the team remain distinctly Filipino and they are hungry for recognition on the regional stage.
8. Nova Esports (Bangkok)
In mobile esports, Nova has won multiple world championships over the years and is committed to bringing their champion DNA to PCS. With their unique culture and play style, they are set to take on the old guard of professional LoL esports.
9. Talon (Hong Kong)
Talon is an esports organization that has clinched championships across multiple esports titles in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand. They are setting their sights on the PCS and are committed to delivering an exhilarating and competitive fan experience.
The tenth and final team has yet to be revealed. A PCS website will be launching soon, complete with details of broadcast platforms, match schedules, and more. For now, it’s advised that fans follow the PCS Facebook page for more news and updates.
You can read the official announcement by LoL Esports here.