In 2022, the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) will implement new mandatory guidelines for all competitions, thereby standardizing the league. The Portuguese League of Legends (LPLOL) had many of these guidelines already in place, but there are still some changes being made to the local ERL.
One of the most significant changes is the new prize pool distribution, which will feature yearly stipends that match the season relegation. Additionally, the second division will now abide by the same rulebook as the first division, including formats. The "Grand Final" will now become the "ProAm" segment, which is a national cup for all League of Legends teams, including professional and amateur teams. To avoid potential integrity issues, ERL Teams' Academies are now blocked from playing in ERL's.
The regular stages will still follow the traditional double round-robin format, with matches played as best-of-one. However, the playoffs have a new setup with a half-double elimination bracket, giving a clear advantage to the top two seeds.
Broadcast and sponsors also have new guidelines and mandatory requests, with ERLs now able to use Summoner Rift banners to activate brands inside the League of Legends map.
Overall, these changes will contribute to a more transparent and solid European ecosystem for League of Legends, creating a more level playing field across different regions. At Inygon, we look forward to seeing the impact these changes will have on the development of the sport, and we remain optimistic about the future.