The League of Legends World Championship (or just Worlds) is the largest competition in LoL esports. It takes place towards the end of the year and involves the strongest teams from all over the globe fighting each other for fame, glory, and gargantuan prize pools. Additionally, Worlds winners get in-game skins modeled after them as well as the bragging rights of being the best team in League of Legends.
League of Legends Worlds Live Streaming:
Worlds Play-In Stage
The World Championship kicks off with the Play-In Stage. There, the best teams from emerging regions battle each other through a Bo1 double round robin group stage. As is the case with most Worlds matches, the competition is incredibly stiff, so only a third of emerging regions make it into the playoffs.
There’s no time to rest either, as every one of them has to play a Bo5 series against the worst lineups from major region to decide who’s going to advance further. Once the knockout stage concludes, the losers exit the tournament. As for the victors, they qualify for the Main Event.
Worlds Main Event
Worlds Group Stage
The competition reaches its peak at the World Championship Main Event. First, all 16 teams are split into four groups. No region can have more than one representative in a single group, so it’s common to end up with highly volatile combinations of Chinese, European, North American, Taiwanese, and South Korean lineups with a few emerging regions thrown in on top of that.
Much like in the Play-In, the Main Event group stage follows a Bo1 double round robin format, but the matches are much more competitive here. After all, every team here has proven its ability to play the highest level of League of Legends. And now is the perfect opportunity to show it.
Only 8 strongest League of Legends teams can break into the Worlds playoffs. This makes it that much more exciting when they clash in Bo5 matches to determine who’s going to advance through the tournament bracket. There are no second chances here, and every series is a do-or-die scenario. With that, you get to see the explosive gameplay that comes from the best LoL teams fighting with their backs against the wall.
Making it through Worlds Quarterfinals is an excruciatingly tough feat to manage, but things get even more difficult in the Semifinals. And in the finals, you get to witness League of Legends titans playing at the highest stakes possible. Once the finals conclude, the winners raise the Worlds trophy, effectively becoming the #1 team in the game.
The first-ever Worlds was fairly modest. It only had 8 participants, and most of them hailed from Europe and North American. With that, it’s not exactly surprising that Season 1 World Championship was won by a European lineup in Fnatic. Even so, Europe had to take a step back in season 2, as the Taiwanese Taipei Assassins took the competition by storm.
And then came the era of South Korea. Every subsequent World Championship was conquered by LCK lineups. Teams like Samsung Galaxy White and Samsung Galaxy made League of Legends history by winning some of the most competitive World Championships to date. But the ultimate bragging rights still belong to the powerhouse SK Telecom T1 lineup that has three Worlds titles to its name.
Why watch Worlds
As the name implies, Worlds provides the highest level of League of Legends possible. Top-tier teams pull out all stops, so it’s a great opportunity to witness intricate team strategies and unrivaled displays of individual skill. Moreover, fans get to cheer for their home regions while seeing how they match up against international competition. And it’s exactly this combination of top-notch gameplay and sheer excitement that makes Worlds one of the most popular esports tournaments in the scene.