Over the weekend Riot Games, the developers of League of Legends, announced the North American Scouting Grounds, an offseason program and tournament set to scope talent from the region’s ranked solo queue ladder.
The top four players from each position: Top, Jungle, Mid, ADC and Support will be invited to the event which will run from November 13 to 19 at the NA LCS Studios located in Los Angeles, California. While the twenty players are there they will be covered for travel and accommodation expenses by Riot Games. After settling in they will be drafted into makeshift teams by pros, coaches and other staff associated with LCS teams. After a few days of workshopping with the veterans and staff, the amateur players will play a round robin to demonstrate their skill.
It is unclear if these games will be broadcasted to the public at this point in time, however, it has been confirmed that the footage will be sent to teams internationally after the event has concluded. Implying that the VODs may well get to some, if not all, of the teams here in Oceania. Though depending on how quickly the footage gets delivered it is likely the NA LCS and CS teams will make the first contact with their local emerging amateurs.