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Rift Rivals format change for NA vs. EU tournament

Riot Games adjusted the format for the Rift Rivals event between teams from the NA LCS and EU LCS.
Riot Games adjusted the format for the Rift Rivals event between teams from the NA LCS and EU LCS. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

After community and professional player feedback, the Rift Rivals format for the NA vs. EU tournament has been adjusted.

Riot Games announced Wednesday the NA/EU matchup for the upcoming Rift Rivals competition will change. The tournament will now expand to include a double-round robin, best-of-one group stage with a best-of-five final between the top team from each region based on group stage results. The change will make the tournament four days long.

Riot removed the last-man-standing finals, as the best-of-three format is expected to go too long in the first day, making the start of the broadcast at an inconvenient time for NA viewers.

“When we announced the format for NA vs. EU in late May, we heard feedback that you were disappointed not to see more individual games and a longer series (Bo3 or Bo5) between the top NA and EU teams,” the announcement read. “This echoes feedback we’ve heard from pros in the run-up to this event.”

The event will now last from July 5-8, and tickets will go on sale June 23. The NA/EU tournament, one of five events in the series of mini international tournaments Riot announced last month, will take place at the EU LCS studios in Berlin, Germany.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

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