Riot EU announced today, along with a schedule and details for the upcoming League of Legends EU CS Spring Split, that they would no longer allow organizations to run teams in both the CS and LCS leagues. The change will take effect as of the Summer Split.
League of Legends EU Sister Teams
Many major esports organizations operate both Championship Series and Challenger Series teams. This seasons EU Spring Split includes CS-level teams from organizations such as Misfits and Fnatic. Not long ago, adjustments were made to the rules that forbid one organization from having multiple teams in LCS, but still allowing them to run LCS teams and Challenger Series teams concurrently.
As of the Summer Split 2017, that will no longer be the case. Organizations will only be able to run one team in either the LCS or the CS, and not both. The post from Riot did not list any specific reasons for doing away with the so-called “farm teams.”
According to The Score Esports, a spokesperson from Riot North America confirmed that this change would not be taking place in the region for the Summer Split, and that organizations could continue to manage sister teams, at least through 2017.
North America and Europe issued tandem adjustments to their policies on sister teams before the 2017 season began. Back in December, both regions decided that sister teams could only compete in separate tiers, one in LCS and one in CS. That led to Cloud9 Challenger parting ways with Cloud9, after earning a spot in the LCS through the Spring Promotion. They underwent a total rebranding, becoming FlyQuest, and causing quite a stir in the early stages of the Spring Split, before finally losing their first match this past weekend. Currently the only sister team competing in the NA CS is Delta Fox, sister to Echo Fox in the LCS.