The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) has rebranded with a new logo. TJ Sports, a joint venture of League of Legends game developer Riot Games and Tencent Holdings, also announced that the summer split of the LPL will begin on June 5.
The top four teams at the end of the summer split will advance to the LoL World Championship, scheduled to take place in China in October.
The Mid-Season Cup preceded the start of the summer split, a four-day event won by LPL team Top Esports. That competition would have helped the best teams in the Pro League find their fluency after a few weeks off between the spring and summer splits.
There have been several moves in the LPL during this period.
ADC Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao’s contract has not been renewed. RNG announced their new roster on Twitter, with a few additions: top laners He “705” Yu-Long, Tian “New” Zhi-Peng and mid laner Yuan “Cryin” Cheng-Wei. Betty will now be the solitary AD Carry in RNG’s roster. Uzi made his debut for RNG (then called Royal Club) in 2012. He had short stints with Oh My God and Qiao Gu Reapers before returning to RNG in 2016.
It will be interesting to see how RNG shape up this split. Betty had solid numbers as ADC although he was playing primarily behind Uzi. Cryin also returns to the franchise after a terrific spring split that saw him combine well with Wink with eStar. His form should bode well as RNG look to rebuild after a middling spring split. He will have to compete with Xiaohu for the starting mid laner in RNG.
Here is RNG’s new-look roster: