League Of Legends Worlds: A Handbook To The Qualification Process

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For League of Legends enthusiasts, there is but one truly premier event. It’s the Christmas of esports.

Of course, we’re talking about the World Championship later this month. This is where the very best 16 teams in League of Legends gather from around the world and spend more than a month battling it out on the Rift until one team is left standing.

This year is especially exciting for the North American LoL fanatics. Worlds is returning to the United States, with games featured on the West Coast in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and then spanning all the way to the East Coast with stops in New York and Chicago.

How to punch your ticket to Worlds

The qualifying process for Worlds started what seems like eons ago. NRG and Immortals were set to start their inaugural rookie split, with one team immediately finding success and the other team now out of the NA LCS in less than one year. This is the final culmination of two long, and sometimes heart-wrenching, splits.

After the end of two splits (a full season), the team with the most points gains an automatic qualifying spot to Worlds. The team that wins its region’s Summer Split Playoff tournament also gets an automatic qualifying spot and that respective region’s number one seed.

Most premier leagues will be bringing three teams to Worlds. With most first and second seeds now decided, the regional qualifiers is the only road left for teams to find a path to Worlds.

This regional gauntlet (as its often referred to) pits the top four remaining teams in each region (determined by points from that season) against each in other in a do-or-die showdown.

Breaking it down by region

Each region slightly differs in how they can accrue championship points.

Bottom line is, do well in Spring Split and Summer Split and your chances will be really good. Here’s quick rundown of where each region stands as of today.

North America (NA LCS)

  • Qualifiers: Three teams
  • Placements: Summer Champion (#1 seed), Championship Points (#2 seed), and the Regional Finals (#3 seed)
  • Current standings: #1 seed – Team SoloMid, #2 seed – Counter Logic Gaming, #3 seed – TBD
  • In contention: Cloud9, Immortals, Team Liquid, Team Envy
  • Already out: Apex Gaming, Phoenix1, NRG Esports, Echo Fox
  • Current points: 1. TSM 160 2. CLG 130 3. Cloud9 100 4. Immortals 90 5. Team Liquid 50 6. Team Envy 20

Europe (EU LCS)

  • Qualifiers: Three teams
  • Placements: Summer Champion (#1 seed), Championship Points (#2 seed), and the Regional Finals (#3 seed)
  • Current standings: #1 seed – G2 eSports, #2 seed – H2K, #3 seed – TBD
  • In contention: Splyce, Fnatic, Unicorns of Love, Giants Gaming
  • Already out: Vitality, Origen, FC Schalke 04, Team ROCCAT
  • Current points: 1. G2 180 2. H2K 100 3. Splyce 90 4. Fnatic 70 5. UOL 50 6. Giants 20

Korea (LCK)

  • Qualifiers: Three teams
  • Placements: Summer Champion (#1 seed), Championship Points (#2 seed), and the Regional Finals (#3 seed)
  • Current standings: #1 seed – ROX Tigers, #2 seed – SK Telecom T1, #3 seed – TBD
  • In contention: KT Rolster, Samsung Galaxy, Afreeca Freecs
  • Already out: Jin Air Green Wings, Longzhu Gaming, CJ Entus, MVP, ESC Ever
  • Current points: 1. ROX Tigers AQ 2. SK Telecom T1 160 3. KT Rolster 140 4. Samsung Galaxy 50, 5. Afreeca Freecs 30 6. Jin Air 30

China (LPL)

  • Qualifiers: Three teams
  • Placements: Summer Champion (#1 seed), Championship Points (#2 seed), and the Regional Finals (#3 seed)
  • Current standings: #1 seed – EDward Gaming, #2 seed – Royal Never Give Up, #3 seed – I May
  • Already out: Invictus Gaming, LGD Gaming, Newbee, Saint Gaming, Oh My God, Game Talents, Snake eSports, Team WE, Vici Gaming
  • Current points: 1. Royal Never Give Up 600 2. EDward Gaming 500 3. I May 200 4. Team WE 190 5. Snake eSports 130 6. Vici Gaming 130

Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau (LMS)

  • Qualifiers: Two teams
  • Placements: Summer Champion (#1 seed) and the Regional Finals (#3 seed)
  • Current standings: #1 seed – Flash Wolves, #2 seed – TBD
  • In contention: J Team, ahq e-Sports club, Hong Kong Esports, Machi E-Sports
  • Already out: Midnight Sun Esports, eXtreme Gamers, Team Mist

Oceania/Wildcard (IWC)

  • Qualifiers: two teams
  • Placements: International wildcard qualifiers
  • Current standings: Still TBD
  • In contention: Japan’s Rampage, Brazil’s INTZ e-sports, Oceania’s Chiefs, Turkey’s Dark Passage, Russia’s Albux NoX Luna, Southeast Asia’s Saigon Jokers, Latin America North’s Lyon and Latin America South’s Kaos Latin Gamers are playing in the wildcard qualifiers

What you need to know about Group Stage

The first step for Worlds was finding out for what group each team qualifies. This took place live from Riot’s studios, where 16 teams were sorted into four separate groups. The Group Draw Show was on Saturday, Sept. 4.

After our 16 teams are placed (teams are broken up by seed before being randomly drawn for each group), the group stage of Worlds will commence. Each team will play in a double round robin-style format (best-of-one matchup). Essentially this means each team will play the other three teams in the their respective group twice.

After the conclusion of the group stage, the top two teams from each group (based on record and tiebreakers, if needed) will move on to the knockout stage. Matchups will then transition to best-of-five (Bo5) formats.

The formatting schedule from Worlds 2015 will also be used in 2016. Expect three out of four groups to compete daily in the first week of group stage. In the second week, Riot will showcase each group daily.

Rachel Perry

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Rachel is an avid gamer whose insatiable desire for all things gaming related has been augmented by the inconceivable growth of eSports and how competitive gaming is viewed. When she’s not busy writing about her favorite games, Rachel can be found playing League of Legends, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, or watching too much Twitch.tv.