League of Legends LCS players will return to the studio in a hybrid format

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As the massive spike in COVID-19 cases in the US continues to decline, more good news is on the way for NA League of Legends fans, as Riot has announced that LCS players are finally returning to the studio of the league in Los Angeles.

Taking to Twitter to share the news, eSports manager for NA and OCE Chris Greeley said the teams will return in a “hybrid model”. As Greeley explains, teams deemed “eligible” will be brought back to the venue, where they can play their LCS Spring Split 2022 matches in person.

However, if a team does not meet the eligibility requirements and must play online, their opponents will also have the option of playing remotely or continuing to compete from the studio. The 2022 LCS Lock-In tournament was played online in its entirety, so it’s undoubtedly a big step towards, as Greeley puts it, “a return to ‘normal’.”

The new measure is similar to the hybrid model used by the European LEC for chunks of last season, although the schedule alternated teams between playing online and offline throughout each game day.

While fans are eager to find out when they too can return to the LCS studio, there is currently no news on that. Hopefully 2022 will be the year the crowds return – regulations and fan safety permitting.

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