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For a while now I’ve been thinking that your average LCS player appears to have been around in the LCS for so much longer than your average LEC player. On creating a spreadsheet to investigate – the average NA LCS players has been in the pro scene nearly twice as long as your average LEC player.

Out of pure curiosity and boredom I finally decided to compare career lengths of players between the LEC and the LCS.

I noticed that the LCS talent pool appears to be stagnating. Players are being passed between teams with very little introduction of fresh talent. Watching the LEC develop saw new players come in to so many teams in comparrison to this.

Instead of just assuming I was right I wanted to investigate it however:

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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zsH1FiZMxLoO3BWz-dxMbayYve9RJLIevV73w8YEl34/edit?usp=sharing

This is the spreadsheet of data i collected from the lol esports wiki.

– I used starting rosters from this last week of play (2020 summer week 2).

– A players 'year of first tier 1 game' refers to the year in which they first had a starting spot on a tier 1 team (e.g LEC, LCS, LCK). Players who joined a major region from a minor region are still counted as having joined the scene when they played their first games in the minor region (e.g Caps, Destiny).

– Some starting dates may have slight innaccuracies since the wiki is unclear and I didn't want to literally spend years googling people's debut games.

– As a result of the formula recognising only whole years played, players who began their career in 2020 are listed as having 0 years played. The only way to avoid this was to use months and that was far too much extra work to warrant the effort. However, it is worth considering that 0 is not true 0 for this dataset.

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I also decided to find an overall 'average time spent in tier 1 scene' for the regions as a whole. It turns out that the average LCS player has played for 4.52 years compared to 2.32 years of the average LEC player.

This investigation came as a result of feeling mediocre veteran players were still being handed starting spots on LCS teams, where in the LEC rookies were being handed the reigns of teams and being successful. I wanted to see if this was true or if LEC players had in fact been around just as long as the LCS players.

As if happens, no, LEC players are far more fresh faced than those of the LCS. It would be interesting to see if there's a correlation between average career length of a team and their success in domestic leagues.

I think I'll call that work for another time though.

Thanks.

Source: reddit.com

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