8 Changes LCS Teams Can Make to Improve the League in 2021

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After another failure on the international stage, LCS organizations need to make some changes if they hope to improve in 2021.

4. Hold Your Org’s Streamers Accountable

The other big class of League of Legends player who can impact the behavior of the NA player base is the streamers. These big streamers may have larger fanbases than some pro players, so they have that high level of influence as well. However, unlike the pro players, they are playing the game more often and are therefore more visible to the community.

Which is why organizations need to hold their streamers to a higher standard if they want to see the player base in NA improve, which would ultimately improve the LCS.

Issues like raging and griefing, smurfing and trolling on unranked to challenger climbs, and general toxicity are all prevalent from some of the biggest streamers on Twitch. Orgs that partner with these streamers should make it clear that those types of behaviors are unacceptable. Put it down, in writing, that the expectation is that the streamer will represent the organization properly in all ranked games, give his best effort at all times, and maintain a positive attitude.

Taking a look at some of the top streamers on Twitch for League of Legends, we have Yassuo (100 Thieves), Gosu (TSM), Sneaky (Cloud9), TF Blade (Team Liquid), IWillDominate (Cloud9), Midbeast (Team Liquid), and SirhcEz (Team Liquid) all signed with LCS orgs. If those orgs use their relationship to get those streamers to help elevate the level of play in solo queue, that will go a long way towards developing the domestic talent pool.