TSM, Cloud9, CLG and Team Liquid reportedly rejoin NA LCS

18 October 2017


Copyright – ESL | Helena Kristiansson

Team SoloMidCloud9CounterLogic Gaming and Team Liquid have all succeeded in their applications to rejoin the North American League of Legends Championship Series, according to a report by ESPN.

Just hours after news broke that OpTic Gaming were reportedly successful in their bid for a franchise spot, the four North American esports powerhouses seem to have joined them in securing a place at the NA LCS table. Riot Games supposedly notified each franchise’s owners last week via individual calls.

A reformatting of the NA LCS will see the league swap to a franchise-based model next season. The revenue-sharing model is so popular that Riot has apparently had to narrow down from over a hundred applications – including from beleaguered EU LCS teams – to the teams which have been successful thus far.

As it stands, the current franchises which have reportedly had their fate in the league decided are as follows:


  1. Team SoloMid
  2. Cloud9
  3. CounterLogic Gaming
  4. Team Liquid
  5. OpTic Gaming
  6. Joe Lacob, majority stake owner of the NBA team Golden State Warriors


  1. Team Dignitas
  2. Team EnVyUs
  3. Pheonix1


  1. FlyQuest
  2. Echo Fox
  3. Immortals

Each successful team will have to pay a $10 million (£7.61m) buy-in fee, with half of that up-front and the rest in delayed installments. Existing teams who are denied entry will be receive compensation from a pool of funding provided by new teams entering the league, who will have to supply an addition $3m (£2.77m) each. With three teams seemingly already out, there will be at least one more as-yet unannounced franchise to enter and complete the ten-team league in 2018.

Esports Insider says: No real surprise here – these four are titans of the North American League of Legends scene, and it would’ve been a real shock if any didn’t make the cut. CLG supposedly came the closest, with a last-minute investment from the Madison Square Garden Company coming at just the right time.