The UKEL occupies a unique position in the UK League of Legends scene- a structured, competitive tournament format in which young players can take their first steps towards proving themselves on the big stage. We enable players to begin the leap from talented rookies to disciplined, experienced professionals, backed by organisations who share our core values.
After the success of our first split, we had pretty big shoes to fill coming into Spring 2020- expectation was on us to up our game, and deliver a tournament worthy of the players participating in it. With incredible production, new organisations hungry for victory, and a cash prize pool, we believe we did just that.
However, now is no time to rest on our laurels. With announcements to the change in the UK League of Legends Championship (or UKLC, to all our industry veterans) format, we saw an opportunity: a progressive format, whereby the UKEL’s top teams were offered the chance to promote into the UKLC. With our Summer Split beginning on the 11th of June, we are perfectly positioned to allow our players a once in a lifetime opportunity to play amongst some of the UK’s most storied players and organisations. With that being said, we are proud to announce our partnership with Dreamhack’s UKLC for the 2020 Summer Split.
With the introduction of the NLC, the battle to promote into the UK’s top tier is fiercer than ever- and with the possibility for UKLC teams to move up to the NLC on a promotion/relegation system, the time was right to introduce this idea at a lower tier. Dependent on promotion into the NLC (with both the Nordic and UK regions feeding into the NLC tournament), we will be offering our top teams the chance to compete against tournament veterans- with the end goal of claiming their rightful spot amongst the UKLC’s ranks.
When emperors move on, kings must take their place, and our UKEL kings are more than equipped to deal with anything the higher tiers of competition can throw their way. Offers have been extended to all our participating organisations from the Spring Split to retain their spots- and with our official team announcements coming at a later date, keep your eyes peeled on our socials to spot who you’ll be rooting for.
To our viewers, players, teams and staff: from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. It is you that has made all of this possible- the weeks of scrimming, the behind the scenes administration, the spamming of Twitch chat, all culminating in this moment. The UKEL would be nothing without you, and this is only the first step in what we hope to be a historic moment in the UK amateur scene.
UKLC Promotion / Relegation
The top two teams from the UKEL will face off against the two bottom teams from the UKLC in a best of five series to determine who stays, who advances and who is relegated. The UKLC Relegation Serie is scheduled to take place on August 23rd and 24th.
UKEL Promotion / Relegation
Going forward, to enter the UKEL, an open tournament will take place. The top two teams will then enter a playoff best of three series against the two bottom teams from the UKEL to determine who stays, who advances and who is relegated. The first tournament will take place after the summer split.
Teams that enter this tournament will be required to fulfil all UKEL criteria prior the next split starting.