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LPL, LDL Indefinitely Postponed

Mike Plant  | 

The coronavirus outbreak has forced China to postpone the LPL and LDL. (Photo courtesy Michal Konkol-Riot Games)

The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) and League of Legends Development League (LDL) have indefinitely postponed week two of the 2020 Spring Split amid concerns of China’s coronavirus outbreak. 

 

 

This postponement comes during the annual break for the Lunar New Year. Several players had traveled home to celebrate the holiday with their families. Travel has been severely restricted in China and it’s unclear how many players are unable to return to their teams.  

Assuming their players still have access to suitable computers and internet, LPL and LDL teams should be able to continue with online scrims in the meantime. However, it’s too early to say how this disruption in the schedule will affect the region who has claimed the last two World Championship titles

Invictus Gaming were never quite the same after Song “Rookie” Eui-jin was forced to take a leave of absence for family reasons in 2019 Summer. On the flip side, Royal Never Give Up’s Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao regularly takes off the beginning of the season to rest up for the more important games down the stretch.

The LPL has not announced how they will alter their schedule to accommodate the delay. The last match day of the regular season was scheduled to be Sunday, April 5th. The LPL then plays a four round playoff. 

This calls into question the LPL’s availability for the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational. While dates have not been announced for this year’s tournament, MSI typically spans two weeks at the beginning of May. If China has to cut down on their season and miss MSI, they will lose valuable stage time and international experience.

Mike Plant
Mike Plant
Michael Plant has been playing League of Legends since 2010 and analyzing it nearly as long. More recently, he's been interested in the developing PUBG and Fortnite scenes. When he's not playing or watching video games, he's more than likely following one of his Houston sports teams.