The LoL Master Tour (LMS) — the highest form of League of Legends competition in the Taiwan/Macao/Hong Kong region — will be merging with its Southeast Asian counterpart LoL SEA Tour (LST) in 2020, announced regional publisher Garena via social media on September 25th.
According to the press release, the LMS and LST (comprised of Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore) will be merged to form the Pacific Championship Series (PCS), a new 10-team event to “increase competitiveness in the region”.
The PCS is essentially a revert to the original structure Southeast Asian League of Legends had pre-2015 with the Garena Pro League minus Vietnam, who recently became a standalone region with the introduction of the Vietnam Championship series.
“We believe that the formation of the new league, which brings the best of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Southeast Asia to a common stage, will allow participating teams to reach a broader audience and increase the competitiveness of the region while expanding the talent pool,” said Garena’s announcement. “Centralizing the competitive ecosystem will also increase business and media opportunities for teams.”
The LST and LMS combined hold four seeds (three for the LMS, one for LST) at the League of Legends World Championship. Since no region has more than three Worlds seeds, it is currently unknown how the excess seed will be distributed or how many seeds the PCS will have in general.
Full details about the PCS such as structure, prizing, format and teams will be revealed during the 2020 pre-season.