League of Legends Masters Series is the premier tournament in Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao region and is considered to be one of the top tier regions in the world alongside KR, EU, NA , CN and arguably Brazil.
This is the final stretch toward Worlds from the LMS and this is where the teams prove that they deserve to play on the World stage. The tournament features four stages,
The promotion tournament, where the bottom two of the previous split will have to defend their spot against the ECS(Elite Challenger Series), the TW/HK/MO Challenger Series teams that are eager to join the league. Following the promotion is the regular season and after that comes the playoffs and finally the Regional Finals where the teams that have earned the most amount of points will fight for the last worlds seed for LMS.
The Worlds Seeds from LMS will be given out in three different ways. The first seed goes to the winner of the Summer Playoffs, the second seed goes to the team with the most amount of championship points (if that happens to be the winner of the playoffs, the seed goes to the second highest) and the third is given to the winner of the Regional finals.
Double elimination bracket with the first round of losers and winners bracket as Best-of-three, the winners and losers finales are Best-of-five.
Double round robin with best-of-three matches.
Top four teams move on to playoffs.
Bottom two falls to promotion.
Best-of-five gauntlet style bracket where the Winners of the regular season are seeded into the finals, the second place team in to the semis.
Teams are seeded into a gauntlet style bracket based on how many championship points they have acquired during the 2018 LMS Season.
All matches are best-of-five.