Pro League of Legends “Kicks off” this Week

Riot Games and League of Legends fans prepare for another year of competition, starting first with an All-Stars-packed “Kickoff”.

Fans of all Pro League of Legends regions rejoice as the offseason comes to a close, with Riot Games starting its 13th Season of professional League of Legends play this week with a new two-day event, the Season Kickoff. The Kickoff will start January 10th from 1 AM PT – 2 PM PT before resuming at 11 PM PT that night and running until 2 PM the following day with re-airings of the day’s events following the end of each live broadcast. 

Unfortunately, if you’re hoping to see your favorite team in action, you’re going to have to wait just a little longer, as this all-star event is for nothing more than pride and emotes. The Kickoff is serving as a way to drum up some hype for the upcoming 2023 season of play, which is just around the corner.

Format and Schedule

The Kickoff consists of the nine best Pro Leagues holding, each holding their own all-star event, one right after another, showcasing the best that Korea’s LCK, Vietnam’s VCS, North America’s LCS, Japan’s LJL, China’s LPL, South East Asia’s PCS, Europe’s LEC, and Latin America’s LLA all have to offer. Though each region will only be playing for a few hours, it should still give plenty of insight into how the new season changes will affect play in each league. The schedule released by Riot Games is as follows.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

1-5 am PT: LCK

5-8 am PT: VCS

8-11 am PT: CBLOL

11 am-2 pm PT: LCS

2-9 pm PT: Select Rebroadcasts

11 pm-2 am PT: LJL

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

2-5 am PT: LPL

5-8 am PT: PCS

8-11 am PT: LEC

11 am-2 pm PT: LLA

2-8 pm PT: Select Rebroadcasts

The ruleset promises excitement allowing the best players to have the best champions, with no teams being able to select bans and champions getting banned after their first appearance at each event. Each league will have its own way of selecting teams making each of these all-star events must-watch League of Legends.  

Leagues Starting Soon

Do not fret. League play will start soon, kicking off everyone’s journey to the Summoner’s Cup. The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) in China starts its regular season play on January 14th when FunPlus Pheonix and Team WE take to the rift.

Korea’s LCK 2023 begins with defending World Champions DRX taking on Dplus KIA on January 18th. That match will be followed by Worlds Runners Up T1 taking on Gen.G to close out what should be an excellent opening day for the LCK. 

Europe’s League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) gets going on the 21st of January. With every team playing a game three days in a row, the action is sure to start with a bang. Perennial fan favorites G2 will start the season with their match against XL.

The 21st also happens to be the opening day for Brazil’s Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends (CBLOL). Though Brazil’s 10-team league is often overlooked, you won’t want to miss the opening match as the defending CBLOL champions, LOUD, take on paiN Gaming, a mainstay in the Brazilian Esports scene.  

Finally, North America’s very own LCS or League Championship Series will start its year on January 26th. Two fan favorites will start off the season when 100 Thieves and defending LCS champions Cloud9 take to the rift to kick off a day that will see all 10 North American teams compete.