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LoL 2019 World Championship: All You Need to Know

Nick Ray  | 
League of Legends 2019 World Championships

The League of Legends 2019 World Championships unfolds over multiple stages in October and November. (Image via Riot)

The stage is set in Europe for the League of Legends 2019 World Championship. 24 teams from around the globe will compete for the Summoner’s Cup, prize money and the right to have their legacy immortalized within the game in the form of team skins. The tournament kicks off in Berlin, Germany on October 2, and will cap off in Paris, France on November 10.

The format for Worlds will consist of four different stages: the Play-In Stage, Main Group Stage, Knock-Out Stage and Finals.

Play-In Stage

The Play-In Group Stage spans from October 2-5 at the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Studio in Berlin, Germany. Competing teams will be drawn into four groups of three and play a double round-robin within their group. The top two finishing teams in each group will then advance to the Play-In Knockout Stage.

Placement into Play-Ins is based on a region’s performance at past international events. Since China won both the Mid-Season Invitational and the World Championship in 2018, for example, no teams from the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) will participate in Play-Ins this year. Seeds from the following regions go through Play-Ins in the 2019 World Championship.

Third seed team: League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK), LEC, League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), League of Legends Masters Series (LMS).

Second seed team: Vietnam Championship Series (VCS).

First seed team (only): Circuit Brazilian League of Legends (CBLOL), League of Legends Continental League (LCL), League of Legends Japan League (LJL), Liga Latinoamérica (LLA), Oceanic Pro League (OPL), League of Legends SEA Tour (LST), Turkish Championship League (TCL).

After the Play-In Group Stage concludes, the Play-In Knockout Stage will run from October 7-October 8. Here, the four first-place teams from each Play-In Group will face off in a best-of-five series against a second-place team from another group. The four teams that come out on top will move on to the Main Group Stage.

Main Group Stage

The Main Group Stage takes place October 12-20 at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin. 16 teams will be randomly sorted into four groups of four based off of seeding in the Group Draw Show on September 23.

For the sake of ensuring balance, teams will be divided into pools once again based on their region’s past international success. Each group will consist of one “pool one” team, two “pool two” teams, and one “pool three” (Play-In) team no matter what. Just like the Play-In Group Stage, this stage will also use a double round-robin format. The following teams will auto-qualify for the Main Group Stage.

Pool one: First seed teams from LPL (FunPlus Phoenix), LCK (SK Telecom T1), LCS (Team Liquid), and LEC (TBD).

Pool two: First seed team from LMS (J Team) and VCS (TBD); second seed teams from LMS (ahq e-Sports Club), LCS (Cloud 9), LCK (Griffin), LPL (Royal Never Give Up),  and LEC (TBD); third seed team from LPL (TBD).

The third pool for groups will be made up of whichever four teams make it out of the Play-In Stage.

Knock-Out Stage

Following groups, the show will pack up and head over to the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain from October 26-November 3 for the Knock-Out Stage. This section of the tournament is broken into two parts: Quarterfinals (October 26-27) and Semifinals (November 2-3). The bracket is single-elimination, and no teams from the same group can end up on the same side of the bracket.

In Quarterfinals, the top eight teams from the tournament will play in four best-of-five matches. First-place teams from the Group Stage will face off against a random second-place team from a different group. The two winners from a given side of the bracket will go on to play each other in the Semifinals.

Finals

The journey ends in Paris, France, where the Finals will take place on November 10 at the AccorHotels Arena. The last two teams standing will play in a best-of-five series for a shot at being the title. The winning team will be crowned world champions and hoist the Summoner’s Cup.

The victors will also win prize money and have the honor of collaborating with Riot to create a line of team skins for their preferred champions that will go on sale sometime in 2020. The official prize pool has yet to be announced.

How to Watch 

You’ll be able to follow League of Legends 2019 World Championship at home via streaming services on YouTube, Twitch, and the official LoL Esports website.

If you’d rather watch in person, you can learn where and how to purchase tickets here. Tickets for the majority of Worlds went on sale August 30 and sold out the same day, but tickets for Finals will be available for purchase on September 15.

Nick Ray
Nick Ray
Nick is a Richmond based writer and pianist with a passion for League of Legends and esports dating back just far enough to say he was into it before it was cool. When he's not consuming massive amounts of League content, grinding out ranked games, or walking his dog, he's quite possibly asleep.