LCS 2022 Championship: Format, Teams & Schedule

LCS 2022 Championship: Format, Teams & Schedule
Photo via Riot Games/LCS

Written by 

André González Rodríguez


19th Aug 2022 16:00

With the 2022 League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Summer Split completed following an entertaining Week 8, we can now focus on the LCS 2022 Championship.

Known as the portion of the LCS season that decides which three teams will represent North America at the League of Legends World Championship, this is where all of the hard work, and practice get put to use.

It’ll be the conclusion of a season that saw one of the most chaotic Spring Splits in recent memories, one that had Evil Geniuses take home the crown for the first time and left LCS big dogs Team Liquid, Cloud9, and 100 Thieves yearning for more.

LCS 2022 Championship Format

Following the end of Week 8, the top eight teams of the LCS 2022 Summer Split regular season will move on to the LCS Summer Playoffs. Here, teams will participate in the same format that was utilised in the Spring Split. 

The format houses the top eight teams from the regular season in a double-elimination bracket with the top two teams earning first-round byes. The top six teams will be placed in the upper bracket while seeds seventh and eighth will have to survive through the lower bracket from the get-go. Once an LCS Summer Split champion is crowned, they, alongside the second and third-place teams from the playoffs will represent North America and the LCS at the 2022 League of Legends World Championship.

LCS 2022 Championship Teams 

The eight teams participating in the LCS 2022 Championship as seeded:

  1. Evil Geniuses
  2. 100 Thieves
  3. Team Liquid
  4. Counter Logic Gaming
  5. Cloud9
  6. FlyQuest
  7. Team SoloMid
  8. Golden Guardians

Top dogs Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves have received first-round byes, while teams like Counter Logic Gaming, Cloud9, Team Liquid, and FlyQuest managed to grab themselves positions in the upper bracket. This means that teams like Team SoloMid and Golden Guardians have to play for their playoff lives, one best-of-series loss, and they’re out of both the running for the trophy and a World Championship spot.

Here is the full LCS 2022 Championship bracket.

LCS 2022 Championship Bracket
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Image via LCS

LCS 2022 Championship Schedule

The LCS 2022 Championship will be played across three weeks beginning this weekend, Saturday, August 20, and ending on September 11. 

Here are the matches and their dates.

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Team Liquid vs. FlyQuest

Sunday, Aug. 21

  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. Cloud9

Thursday, Aug. 25

  • TBD vs. Team SoloMid

Friday, Aug. 26

  • TBD vs. Golden Guardians

Monday, Aug. 27

  • TBD vs. 100 Thieves

Tuesday, Aug. 28

  • TBD vs. Evil Geniuses

Thursday, Sept. 1

  • TBD vs. TBD

Friday, Sept. 2

  • TBD vs. TBD

Saturday, Sept. 3

  • TBD vs. TBD

Sunday, Sept. 4

  • TBD vs. TBD

Saturday, Sept. 10

  • TBD vs. TBD

Sunday, Sept. 11

  • TBD vs. TBD

A match between North America’s Super Team, Team Liquid, and middle-of-the-pack mainstay, FlyQuest, will be kicking off the LCS Championship with the winner of this match taking on 100 Thieves the following week. This match will be followed up by surprise performers, Counter Logic Gaming, taking on a determined Cloud9 the next day with the winner facing off against Evil Geniuses.

The winners of Team Liquid/FlyQuest versus 100 Thieves and Counter Logic Gaming/Cloud9 versus Evil Geniuses will punch the first two tickets to Worlds while the losers will be relegated to the lower bracket where they’ll have to fight for the last remaining spot.

How To Watch The LCS 2022 Championship

The LCS 2022 Championship is set to kick off on Saturday, August 20, with the playoffs’ first match at 4 pm ET/12 pm BST. The matches in the subsequent weeks can be expected to be live at the same time.

The matches will be broadcasted live on the official LCS Twitch and YouTube accounts as well as the lolesports website. 

André González Rodríguez
About the author
André González Rodríguez
André is a Freelance League of Legends Journalist at GGRecon. He has written about his state’s local esports teams such as the Florida Mayhem and the Florida Mutineers on the Valencia Voice (Valencia College’s online newspaper). André has been watching esports since 2013 spanning different titles such as Call of Duty, League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Ultimate, as well as other FGC titles.
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