Potential rising: Riot replaces LCS Academy and Proving Grounds with new NA Challengers League for 2023

For many years, the North American League of Legends scene has stuck with the same path for aspiring pro players to take from getting discovered in solo queue and trying out for amateur teams, all the way to finally making their debut for a major esports organization—which has, historically, been a re occasion until recent years.

With a rise in younger, newer talent cropping up with multiple League teams in the LCS, Riot Games has shaken up the path to pro by replacing both the Academy and Proving Grounds leagues and consolidating them into the NA Challengers League in 2023.