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World Championship

World Championship

World Championship

The World Championship is the most prestigious League of Legends Esports tournament in the world. It marks the conclusion of the regular League of Legends competitive season and is contested by teams from the 12 regional leagues. Held annually since 2011, the League of Legends World Championship is the most widely viewed and followed esport competition, and it is among the biggest gaming and sporting events in the world. Beyond the championship title, teams compete for the 70-pound Summoner’s Cup, a multi-million dollar prize pool, and in-game skins. 
 
The past nine World Championship tournaments have been won by four regions, once each by Europe (LEC) and Taiwan (LMS), twice by China (LPL), and five times by South Korea (LCK). Seven different teams from the respective regions have been awarded the Summoner’s Cup: Fnatic, Taipei Assassins, SK Telecom T1 (3 wins), Samsung Galaxy (2 wins), Invictus Gaming, and FunPlus Phoenix. Four regions -- Europe, North America, China and South Korea -- have all hosted the World Championship, and seven countries have hosted the Worlds finals, including Sweden, the United States, Korea, Germany, China and France, with the United States hosting three times and Korea twice. 

Qualifying, Play-In & Group Stages

A region’s seeds are based on past international performance. Consistently strong regions send some or all of their seeds straight to the Group Stage, whereas other regions receive fewer seeds and/or start in the Play-In Stage.

Twelve (12) teams receive direct invites to the Group Stage: 
  • The top three seeds from China (LPL)
  • The top two seeds from South Korea (LCK), Europe (LEC), North America (LCS), and East Asia - Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan (LMS) 
  • The top seed from Vietnam (VCS)
The top four (4) teams from the Play-In Stage, which includes the #3 seed from LCK, LEC, LCS, and LMK, the #2 seed from VCS, and the top team from Brazil (CBLoL), Commonwealth of Independent States (LCL), Japan (LJL), Latain America (LLA), Oceania (OPL), Southeast Asia (LST) and Turkey (TCL), will also move into the Group Stage.

Knock-Out Stage

The top 8 teams from Group Stage advance to the Knock-Out Stage, which encompasses Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals. For this stage, the tournament transitions to a single-elimination bracket with all matches played in a best-of-five format. The team that comes out on top will earn the coveted World Championship title.

Anthem & Opening Ceremony

The World Championship is widely known for its innovative Opening Ceremony, which combines the latest in entertainment, sports, and technology to create iconic, must-see experiences. Such experiences include the augmented reality dragon that flew over the sold-out stadium in Beijing during the 2017 Worlds Opening Ceremony and the creation of K/DA, a virtual K-POP group consisting of four themed League of Legends champions in 2018. The band debuted at the 2018 Worlds Opening Ceremony via an augmented reality performance with the real-life vocalists. K/DA’s leading single, POPSTARS, surpassed 100 million views in one month and topped the Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. True Damage, the "sequel" to K/DA, performed at the Opening Ceremony for the 2019 World Championship Final. 

Released annually since 2014, Riot Games produces a musical anthem leading into Worlds in collaboration with popular musical artists. Over the years, these have included Imagine Dragons, The Glitch Mob, and Against the Current.

Upcoming

  • 2020 - The 10th World Championship will be hosted in China
  • 2021 - The World Championship returns to North America in 2021 

Past 
2019
  • Host Country: Europe (Germany, Spain, France)
  • Top Placements: 1st - FunPlus Phoenix (LPL), 2nd - G2 Esports (LEC)
    • Finals: FunPlus Phoenix (LPL) defeated G2 Esports (LEC) 3-0
    • Semifinals:
      • FunPlus Phoenix (LPL) defeated Invictus Gaming (LPL)  3-1
      • G2 Esports (LEC) defeated SK Telecom T1 (LCK) 3-1
    • Quarterfinals:
      • Invictus Gaming (LPL) beat GRIFFIN (LCK) 3-1
      • FunPlus Phoenix (LPL) beat Fnatic (LEC) 3-1
      • SK Telecom T1 (LCK) beat Splyce (LEC) 3-1
      • G2 Esports (LEC) beat DAMWON Gaming (LCK) 3-1
  • Musical Anthem: Phoenix (ft. Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza)
  • Finals Viewership: 21.8 million AMA (average minute audience); 44 million PCV (peak concurrent viewers)


2018 
  • Host Country: South Korea 
  • Top Placements: 1st - Invictus Gaming (LPL), 2nd - Fnatic (LEC), 3rd - G2 Esports (LEC)
  • Musical Anthem: RISE (ft. The Glitch Mob, Mako, and The World Alive)
  • Finals Viewership: 19.6 million AMA; 44 million PCV



2017 
  • Host Country: China
  • Top Placements: 1st - Samsung Galaxy (LCK), 2nd - SK Telecom T1 (LCK), 3rd - RNG (LPL)
  • Musical Anthem: Legends Never Die (ft. Against the Current)


2016
  • Host Country: The United States
  • Top Placements: 1st - SK Telecom T1 (LCK), 2nd - Samsung Galaxy (LCK), 3rd - ROX Tigers (LCK)
  • Musical Anthem: Ignite (ft. Zedd)
  • Finals Viewership: 14.7 million PCV



2015
  • Host Countries: Europe - Paris, United Kingdom, Blegium, and Germany
  • Top Placements: 1st - SK Telecom T1 (LCK), 2nd - ROX Tigers (LCK), 3rd - Origen (LEC)
  • Musical Anthem: Worlds Collide (ft. Nicki Taylor)
  • Finals Viewership: 14 million PCV



2014
  • Host Country: South Korea 
  • Top Placements: 1st - Samsung White (LCK), 2nd - Star Horn Royal Club (LPL), 3rd - Samsung Blue (LCK)
  • Musical Anthem: Warriors (ft. Imagine Dragons)
  • Finals Viewership: 11.2 million PCV



2013
  • Host Country: The United States 
  • Top Placements: 1st - SK Telecom T1 (LCK), 2nd - Royal Club (LPL), 3rd - NaJin Black Sword (LCK)
  • Finals Viewership: 8.5 million PCV


2012
  • Host Country: The United States 
  • Top Placements: 1st - Taipei Assassins (LMS), 2nd - Azubu Frost (LCK), 3rd - Moscow Five (LCL)
  • Finals Viewership: 1.1 million PCV
2011
  • Host Country: Sweden 
  • Top Placements: 1st - Fnatic (LEC), 2nd - Against All Authority (LEC), 3rd - Team SoloMid (LCS)
  • Finals Viewership: 210,000 PCV