The North American LCS reports that it will be adapting a Franchise modeling in the 2018 season, putting relegation to bed. No teams are being promised a spot based on performance in the 2017 season. Instead the buy in for the NA LCS Franchise model will be $10,000,000 (ten million dollars). The franchising model offers a wide variety of positive changes for teams and players, including a base line pay of $75,000 (seventy-five thousand dollars) for players. In addition, an Academy League is also being formed to serve as a minor league.