Scouting Grounds looked a bit different this year, taking place entirely online thanks to COVID-19's restrictions. The teams met on Discord, rather than in person at the Riot Games Studios, but they still were separated into teams and received coaching throughout the event, leveling up until the last day of the season.
Team Ocean won the Scouting Grounds event, defeating Infernal 2-1 in the Finals earlier on the day, sparking the beginning of the Scouting Grounds Draft. The draft allows each team to pick up one Scouting Grounds talent for exclusive negotiation rights for that player for ten days after getting drafted. This allows them a decent period of time to negotiate a contract with that player before they hit free agency (which starts Monday, November 16 otherwise).
Teams get draft picks in the opposite order of LCS Summer Split finishing placements, including playoffs. The order was Immortals, CLG, Dignitas, 100 Theives (who sold their slot to Golden Guardians), Evil Geniuses, Golden Guardians, Cloud9, Team Liquid, FlyQuest, and finally, TSM.
With the first pick, Immortals drafted Zheng "Tony Top" Fen who played top lane for Infernal.
With the second pick, CLG drafted Sean "Yeon" Sung who played bot lane for Ocean.
With the third pick, Dignitas drafted Jouhan "Copy" Pathmanathan who played mid lane for Infernal.
With the fourth pick, Golden Guardians (in place of 100 Thieves) drafted Aiden "Niles" Tidwell who played top lane for Cloud.
With the fifth pick, Evil Geniuses drafted Tomio "Tomio" Chan who played jungle for Infernal.
With the sixth pick, Golden Guardians drafted Jong-yun "Jay" "Yunbee" Choi who played mid lane for Ocean.
With the seventh pick, Cloud9 drafted Jordan "Shady" Robison who played support for Infernal.
With the eighth pick, Team Liquid drafted Trevor "Spawn" Kerr-Taylor who played bot lane for Infernal.
With the ninth pick, FlyQuest drafted Xin "nxi" Dinh who played jungle for Ocean.
With the tenth and final pick, TSM drafted Quentin "Shoryu" Pereira who played bot lane for Infernal.
This completes the 2020 Scouting Grounds event, these ten players have a short exclusivity time to be signed by their respective team, while the other non-drafted players will be open for negotiations with all teams.
Stay tuned for updated information on these players as well as news on the LCS and Academy rosters Monday evening when free agency begins.
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