Forge of Champions returns for Summer 2019 with a new qualification format

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Riot and LVP have announced some changes to how qualifying works for the UK League of Legends tournament Forge of Champions.
As with the Spring Forge of Champions, the Summer 2019 competition will once again include a £10,000 prize pool and give teams the chance to qualify for the UK League Championship (UKLC, the latest of which was won by Fnatic Rising last weekend).
But this time, the qualification format for Forge of Champions is changing.
There are now four qualification slots available, two of which have been taken: Bulldog Esports (for being Insomnia Masters i65 runners-up – Nox weren’t eligible despite winning) and ChampionClub (University of Exeter, for winning the NSE Summer League).

“It is our hope that by partnering with local grassroots competition, we can help unify the fragmented local player base and provide multiple clear routes for teams to make the climb to semi-professional competition.”
LVP UK

The other two slots will be taken by the Belong Arena Clash SU19 champion and the Arena.GG online qualifier winner. The latter is also changing from a best-of-one to a best-of-three format ‘to help ensure that teams competing online aren’t punished too harshly for a bad game’, according to organisers LVP.
The final four teams will join the nine UKLC sides for the Forge of Champions. Then, the four amateur teams will take part in the promotion tournament with the bottom two UKLC sides, fighting for a place in the next UKLC.

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LVP said: “Previously, all four qualifying teams were decided through two online open tournaments held in the same fortnight, which limited the pool of players available to play.
“In addition, it is our hope that by partnering with local grassroots competition, we can help unify the fragmented local player base and provide multiple clear routes for teams to make the climb to semi-professional competition.”
There’s more info on scheduling and rules in this announcement post on the UKLC/LVP website.

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