Our guide to all League of Legends (LoL) world champions provides you with details on the team and their victory.
The League of Legends Worlds Championship is the biggest event in the LoL competitive scene and perhaps in all of esports. Each championship event crowns a team as LoL World Champion, which means they are the game’s best players.
In anticipation of this year’s League of Legends Worlds Championship, scheduled to start on the 25th of September, let’s look at past LoL Worlds Champions.
Past League of Legends Worlds Champions
|LoL Worlds Champions||Year|
|SK Telecom T1||2013|
|SK Telecom T1||2015|
|SK Telecom T1||2016|
Fnatic is technically the first League of Legends Worlds Champions, having won the Season 1 event. The event took place from June 18, 2011, and ran until June 20, 2011.
The Season 1 Championship was not on the same scale as later seasons were, nor was it marketed as such. Nevertheless, fans and pundits consider Fnatic an honorary world champion. Fnatic defeated Against All Authority in the final with a 2-1 score. Fnatic got to take home a $99,500 prize pool. The MVP of the game was Shushei.
The Taipei Assassins were the second LoL World Champions crowned when they won the Season 2 championship. The event took place on October 4, 2012, and ran until October 13, 2012.
The Taipei Assassins are the only team from what is now considered a minor or wild card region to win a World Championship. Their victory is the biggest underdog success story at any Worlds event. They defeated Azubu Frost in the final with a 3-1 score. The team was rewarded with a $2,000,000 prize pool. No MVP was officially signed.
SK Telecom T1
SK Telecom T1 (SKT) was crowned LoL Worlds Champions the most times out of any team in the scene. They won the Season 3, 2015, and 2016 World Champions. They defeated Royal Club, KOO Tigers, and Samsung Galaxy to become champions for those three years.
For all three titles, SKT fielded the same mid-laner and jungler: Sang-hyeok “Faker” Lee, heralded as the greatest of all time, and Seong-woong “Bengi” Bae, Faker’s longtime sidekick. The 2013 bottom-lane duo was bot-laner Gwang-jin “Piglet” Chae and support Jeong-hyeon “PoohManDu” Lee. For 2015-2016, the more familiar Jun-sik “Bang” Bae and Jae-wan “Wolf” Lee competed in the bottom lane.
Each championship line-up featured a different top laner. For 2013, it was Eon-young “Impact” Jung. For 2015, it was Gyeong-hwan “MaRin” Jang. For 2016, it was Ho-seong “Duke” Lee.
SK Telecom T1 took home a $2,050,000, $2,130,000, and $5,070,000 prize pool respectively, making them the top-earning team at worlds. At the 2015 and 2016 matches, the MVPs were MaRin and Faker; there was no MVP at Season 3.
Samsung White are the winners of the 2014 World Championship. The event ran from September 18, 2014, to October 19, 2014.
Samsung White (SSW) and sister team Samsung Blue (SSB) was the World Championship’s heavy favorites. 2014 was the height of the Korean dominance in the LoL professional scene.
For most pundits, Samsung Blue was the stronger team and the more likely team to win. It was thus a massive surprise when SSW upset SSB in the semi-finals. This came mainly from the two teams’ constant practice against each other, allowing SSW to craft specific strategies tailored to overcoming what most considered the superior Samsung team.
Samsung White defeated Star Horn Royal Club in the final with a 3-1 score. The team took home a $2,130,000 prize pool. The MVP of the event was Mata.
Samsung Galaxy (SSG) are the winners of the 2017 World Championship. The event ran from September 23, 2017, to November 4, 2017.
SSG was not expected to succeed as much as they did. Considered the weakest of the three LCK representative teams going into Worlds, SSG benefited greatly from the balance changes around the Ardent Censer support item. This pushed the metagame towards slow, bottom-lane-focused compositions that relied on scaling and late-game teamfighting: a perfect fit for SSG’s playstyle.
SSG defeated SK Telecom T1 with a 3-0 score in the final. The team took home a $4,596,591 prize pool. The MVP of the event was Ruler.
Invictus Gaming (IG) are the winners of the 2018 World Championships. The event ran from October 1, 2018, to November 3, 2018.
IG was a wild card team in the most real sense. The team was famously aggressive with top mechanical talent in all three lanes. The team’s relentless need to fight was a double-edged sword and often cost the team as often as they succeeded.
The metagame at Worlds 2018 favored strong solo laners; IG had the best mid-laner and top-laner in Eui-jin “Rookie” Song and Seung-lok “TheShy” Kang. Coupled with the talented bot-laner Wen-bo “JackeyLove” Yu and an unusually strong performance from jungler Zhen-ning “Ning” Gao, IG took the playoffs by storm.
After an intense best-of-five series against tournament favorite kt Rolster in the quarter-finals, IG summarily stomped all opposition to the trophy. IG defeated Fnatic with a 3-0 score in the final. Thus, substitute top-laner Duke became the fifth player to win two World Championships (after former SKT teammates Faker, Bengi, Bang, and Wolf), although Duke did not play for IG in most of their games.
Invictus Gaming took home a $6,450,000 prize pool. The MVP of the game was Ning.
FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) are the winners of the 2019 World Champions. The event ran from October 2, 2019, to November 10, 2019.
FPX is similar to Samsung Galaxy in that they won with a particular style that happened to fit the metagame. The metagame for Worlds 2019 favored strong team-fighting and objective control to secure victories.
FPX star mid-laner Tae-sang “Doinb” Kim is famous for his unconventional approach to the game. Comparatively lackluster in mechanical skill, Doinb instead relied on his in-depth game knowledge to gain lane pressure with unconventional picks and strategies. These tactics, nicknamed Doinb’s “dark technology,” allowed him to roam around the map and bolster his more mechanically talented teammates to get ahead. In the case of 2019 Worlds, Doinb operated alongside jungler Tian-liang “Tian” Gao.
FPX defeated G2 Esports with a 3-0 score in the final. The team took home a $2,200,000 prize pool. The MVP of the game was Tian.
After two consecutive Chinese Worlds Champions, everyone was expecting an era of LPL dominance for the following years. This, however, did not happen. DWG, the rising stars from the LCK, showed that Korea is still hungry for victory. Following a dominant season in the domestic regions, DWG easily swept through their group, outperforming the other big favorite JDG Gaming.
Not only that, but throughout the whole tournament, they felt unstoppable: first defeating DRX lead by Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, then eliminating EU’s representative G2 Esports. In the final, they dominated the LPL representative Suning and took their first Worlds Championship of the organization.
With most people expecting DAMWON Gaming to win a consecutive Worlds Championship, Edward Gaming made a surprising upset in the finals. They turned the series around, winning Game 4 and 5 to become World Champions. Edward Gaming broke their long-lasting curse at the tournament: prior to this year, EDG never made it past the quarterfinals. They participated in many editions of Worlds but never looked like a strong contender… this was their best chance.
After winning the LPL Summer Split, EDG slightly hid their strength in groups, as they finished 2nd behind T1. However, EDG really stepped it up in the elimination bracket. First taking down their domestic opponent RNG then beat the Korean 3rd seed Gen.G, and then overcame the World Champions. The organization has been dreaming of this success for so many years, as they’ve always encountered various hurdles along the way.
Now that they’ve become the second team ever in League History to have won two different international tournaments (Mid-Season Invitational and Worlds), EDG will be the team to watch out for next year. Their players are in their peak form and there might not be changes to the roster. We expect them to perform well back in the LPL, as they will want to defend their title next year. For the 3rd time in 4 years, the Worlds Championship has been won by an LPL team. Is this the new era of Chinese dominance? Not really, since Korea had 3 teams in the semifinals. However, China was able to bring the title back in the country… and that’s all it matters for them.
You should now better understand the history of previous editions of the LoL Worlds and how the winning teams managed to claim their victories. If, on the other hand, you are also looking for more information about the latest LoL Standings for the 2020 LoL Worlds edition, then we’ve got you covered with our LoL Worlds Power Rankings.