Given today's IMTA roster victory over Golden Guardians, there has been a bit more discussion on NA's native talent and how likely it is that players who are currently in NA Academy/lower could be LCS players right now. To expand on that discussion, here is a guide to the current NA Scouting Grounds Circuit. I'll check comments and answer questions as they come up.
Current format has 6 different tournaments. Most points: Legends Weekend League (LWL) Next most points: Upsurge Premier League, Challengers Uprising, and BIG League Lastly: Risen and Focus Leagues
Each tournament awards a certain number of "points" to the teams who place highest in each league. After all 6 leagues conclude, the 8 teams with the most points will play in an 8 team tournament. There are cash rewards with placing, but the most important reward goes to the top 2 teams, where their players will be 10 of the 20 players at the Scouting Grounds later this year.
There are games nearly every weekday with one of these leagues. For example, you can find Upsurge games on Tuesday, and Challengers Uprising games on Wednesdays. Now that you know the format, who are some of the teams to watch for?