Vietnam Championship Series

The Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) is the name of a professional League of Legends esports league run by Riot Games and Garena. From 2013 to 2017, the VCS was a tier below Garena Premier League (GPL). In 2018, the VCS broke away from the GPL and became a separate tier one league. The Vietnamese teams have the opportunity to participate directly in international events of League of Legends organized by Riot Games without having to participate in the GPL.[1]

Vietnam Championship Series
Vietnam Championship Series logo.png
GameLeague of Legends
No. of teams8
Countries Vietnam
Most recent
GAM Esports (5 title)
Most titlesGAM Esports (5 titles)
QualificationPromotion and relegation
Relegation toVietnam Championship Series B
International cup(s)Mid Season Invitational
World Championship
Garena Premier League
Official websiteFacebook



Before changing the name to the Vietnam Championship Series tournament that once named the Glorious Arena. Over 4 seasons from mid 2012 to the end of 2013 the tournament saw the dominance of Saigon Jokers with 3 times of champion and once champion of Full Louis. By the end of 2013, it was changed to Vietnam Championship Series.


The first tournament was held in 2013 with the name Vietnam Championship Series without qualifying, the participating teams were invited by Vietnam Esports and the total prize value of the first tournament was VND 200,000,000. From the third season, the tournament starts with qualifiers and names are also changed to Vietnam Championship Series (VCS A) to distinguish them from the qualifying tournament of Vietnam Championship Series B (VCS B). In 2014, sponsored by Dell, the name of the prize was named Dell Championship Serie A (DCS A).

In 2015, the number of teams participating in VCS A was increased to 16 teams, playing in a round robin format with two turns (first and second round) scoring according to the Bo1 format. The team with the most points will be crowned champion. Saigon Fantastic Five has won the VCS A championship in spring 2015 and then the GPL spring 2015, becoming the first Vietnamese team to win the GPL.


In 2016, VCS A made a big step when the tournament was officially part of the Riot Games tournament system, marking the official VCS A step up professionally. The organizing committee reduced the number of participating teams to 10, in return it will give 2 million VND / month to the coaches and athletes. The tournament format also changes accordingly: 10 rounds of 2 rounds count Bo1 points, 4 teams with the highest score will participate in play-offs to find champions. VCS A was also renamed Coca-Cola Championship Series (CCCS) under the sponsorship of Coca-Cola. By the summer of 2016, the Coca-Cola Championship Series was renamed the MountainDew Championship Series (MDCS) under the sponsorship of the Mountain Dew drinking water label.


The number of teams participating in the competition continues to be reduced to 8, in return for the coach and athletes' salary increased to 3 million VND / month. The format of the tournament is also changed: 8 rounds of 2 rounds count Bo3 points, 4 teams with the highest score will participate in play-offs to find the champion.[2]


Riot Games directly participated in the tour operation, the tournament returned with the name Vietnam Championship Series, the total prize pool increased to 1 billion VND 200 million, the salary of coach and athletes increased to VND 4 million / month . In addition, VCS matches are held at GG Stadium - 6th Floor, Crescent Mall, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City built by Riot Games, instead of being organized online as before. Teams not based in Ho Chi Minh City will be supported by the organizers during the VCS Spring 2018.[3] On 21 February 2018, VCS separated from GPL. This is a result based on the fact that in recent years VCS has always been the dominant force of the GPL. Especially at the two spring and summer events in 2017. Impressive competitions at MSI 2017 and World Championship 2017. Riot Games believes that this is a very appropriate time to get Vietnam away from the GPL to become a separate area. Changes in Vietnam's participatory international tournaments are as follows:

VCS Championship team Spring Spring 2018 will increase to 100 million VND, bringing the total value to 500 million VND will be separated from GPL's reward Spring 2018 (The expected prize that the Vietnamese champion team attends GPL Spring) . However, this only applies to Spring, and from Summer onwards Vietnam will no longer relate to the GPL tournament.[4]

Current participantsEdit

Burst The Sky CERBERUS Esports GAM Esports GMedia Luxury
Saigon Buffalo SBTC Esports Team Flash Team Secret

Competition formatEdit

Group stageEdit

This period will have the participation of 8 teams, playing rounds of 2 rounds to find out the 4 strongest teams participating in the qualifying rounds. Matches of the Group Stage will take place in the Best of 3 format (3 games maximum), each game is played according to the Prohibition mode and Choose 5vs5 on the map Summoner's Rift.[5]

Round knockoutEdit

4 teams will compete against each other in a ladder mode to find the champion: the 3rd and 4th teams will fight each other in the first match, the winning team will go on to meet the 2nd team and whoever wins this match will be competing Finalists meet the top team. Matches of this stage will take place in the form of Best of 5 (5 games maximum), each game is played according to the ban and Select 5vs5 on the map Summoner's Rift.[5]

Past seasonsEdit

Year Split Times 1st 2nd 3rd
2013 Winter 11 February 2013 – 17 December 2013 XGame Hanoi Dragons Beautiful Life Gaming
2014 Spring 22 February 2014 – 13 April 2014 Team Ozone Cutie Monsters Hanoi Dragons Hanoi Fate
Summer 14 June 2014 – 24 September 2014 G5 E-Sports Fate Team HoL Elements Hanoi Phoenix
2015 Spring 15 November 2014 – 4 June 2015 Saigon Fantastic Five Saigon Jokers Boba Marines
Summer 17 May 2015 – 24 August 2015 Boba Marines Full Louis Saigon Jokers
2016 Spring 15 January 2016 – 3 June 2016 Saigon Jokers Full Louis 269 Gaming
Boba Marines
Summer 20 May 2016 – 18 July 2016 Saigon Jokers Saigon Mongaming An Phát Ultimate
Boba Marines
2017 Spring 2 August 2017 – 4 February 2017 GIGABYTE Marines Young Generation UTM Esports
Summer 7 June 2017 – 13 August 2017 GIGABYTE Marines Young Generation ROG Friends
2018 Spring 18 January 2018 – 4 July 2018 EVOS Esports GIGABYTE Marines UTM Esports
Summer 21 June 2018 – 22 September 2018 Phong Vũ Buffalo Adonis Esports Friends Forever
2019 Spring 17 January 2019 – 13 April 2019 Phong Vũ Buffalo EVOS Esports Sky Gaming
Summer 20 June 2019 – 15 September 2019 GAM Esports Lowkey Esports Team Flash
2020 Spring 31 January 2020 – 18 April 2020 Team Flash GAM Esports EVOS Esports
Summer 19 June 2020 – 5 September 2020 Team Flash GAM Esports EVOS Esports
2021 Spring 22 January 2021 – 18 April 2021 GAM Esports Saigon Buffalo ⁠Team Secret


Top-performing teamsEdit

Team(s) 1st 2nd 3rd
GAM Esports 5 3 3
Saigon Buffalo 2 3 0
Saigon Jokers 2 1 1
Team Flash 2 1 1
EVOS Esports 1 1 2
Hanoi Fate 1 0 1
Saigon Fantastic Five 1 0 0
XGame 1 0 0
Team Ozone Cutie Monsters 1 0 0
Full Louis 0 2 0

Foreign players/Foreign coachEdit

ID Name Team(s) Role/Position
Lee   Lee In-cheol Saigon Fantastic Five, Saigon Jokers, CERBERUS Esports Coach
Irean   Heo Yeong-cheol Saigon Fantastic Five, Saigon Jokers Analyst, Coach
Jensen   Jensen Goh EVOS Esports Coach
Chupper   Kenny Marcelino EVOS Esports Bot laner
Kane   Michal Majkl Le Hanoi Fate, Hanoi SnowBall Bot laner
Humble   Hwang Sin-woong EVOS Esports Strategy Coach
Fixer   Jeong Jae-woo EVOS Esports Assistant Coach
ELAN   Elan Ehrhardt Percent Esports Head Coach
Profit   Kim Jun-hyung Team Flash Assistant Coach
Poss   Kim Min-cheol CERBERUS Top Laner

Players who have competed abroadEdit

ID Name Team(s) Times Role
Navy   Chướng Viễn Long   Bangkok Titans 08/2013 - 09/2013 Mid
Noway   Nguyễn Vũ Long   Ascension Gaming 10/2016 - 05/2017 Bot
SofM [6]   Lê Quang Duy   Snake Esports
  LNG Esports
2017 - 2019
2020 - present
Beyond   Trương Vĩnh Thanh   Fortius 06/2016 - 05/2017 Mid
MeoCon   Trần Thanh Lâm   Fortius 01/2017 - 04/2017 Jungle
Sunny   Nguyễn Thanh Phong   Headhunters 11/2016 - 05/2017 Support
Calm   Đinh Trọng Quyết   Bangkok Titans 05/2017 - 09/2017 Top
Kriss   Nguyễn Hữu Phúc   Headhunters 12/2016 - 11/2017 Jungle
Petland[7]   Võ Huỳnh Quang Huy   Headhunters 05/2017 - 02/2018 Mid
Tom   Nguyên Nàng Hiểu   Headhunters 02/2018 - 05/2018 Jungle
Biob   Nguyễn Lâm Việt Sinh   Headhunters 02/2018 - 05/2018 Mid
Pot   Văn Hữu Bảo   MEGA 6/2018 - 12/2018 Jungle
Secr3t   Ông Gia Nguyên   MEGA 6/2018 - 12/2018 Mid
Levi[8][9]   Đỗ Duy Khánh   100 Thieves
  JD Gaming
12/2017 - 12/2018
12/2018 - 5/2019
Minky   Đỗ Đức Minh   Bigetron E-Sports 12/2017 – 08/2018 Top
MT   Nguyễn Minh Trí   Bigetron E-Sports 03/2018 – 08/2018 Mid


Individual AwardsEdit

Season MVP StandingsEdit

Year Split Player Team Time/Points
2017 Spring   Đỗ " Levi " Duy Khánh GIGABYTE Marines 400
2018 Spring   Nguyễn " YiJin " Lê Hải Đăng EVOS Esports 900
Summer   Phạm " Zeros " Minh Lộc Phong Vũ Buffalo 10
2019 Spring   Phạm " Zeros " Minh Lộc Phong Vũ Buffalo 1100
Summer   Đỗ " Levi " Duy Khánh
  Nguyễn " YiJin " Lê Hải Đăng
GAM Esport
Team Flash
2020 Spring   Lê " Dia1 " Phú Quý GAM Esport 1100
Summer   Lê " Dia1 " Phú Quý GAM Esport 1000
2021 Spring   Đỗ " Levi " Duy Khánh GAM Esport 1000

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Điều lệ DCSA". Liên Minh Huyền Thoại.
  3. ^ "Họp báo công bố giải đấu VCS Mùa Xuân 2018".
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  7. ^ admin (15 November 2017). "Siêu Sao Đại Chiến Indonesia có sự xuất hiện của game thủ Việt". Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Levi tâm trạng, chính thức lên máy bay sang Mỹ thi đấu ngay trước Tết Nguyên Đán". 13 February 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  9. ^ "CHÍNH THỨC: Levi gia nhập đội tuyển Hạng 3 LPL - JD Gaming, trở thành tuyển thủ Việt Nam thứ 2 thi đấu tại LPL sau SofM". 14 December 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2019.