With the summer over, hundreds of professional players and millions of fans from around the world are anticipating the 2019 League of Legends World Championship or simply, Worlds. Worlds is the biggest event of the year for League of Legends.
With millions of dollars in prize money on the line as well as the coveted Summoner’s Cup, many will tune in to watch the event. Last year, almost 100 million fans tuned in to watch the finals of 2018’s World Championship. Many more could tune in this year as well.
Worlds: The Where
While the details are scarce, many things are for certain. Riot Games, the developer behind League of Legends and the overseer of the League of Legends eSports scene announced this year’s Worlds will take place in Europe. The 20,000-seat Parisian Accors Hotel Arena will the host of the finals. Other cities that will host venues for other stages of Worlds are Berlin, Germany and Madrid, Spain.
World’s: The Who
This will be a homecoming for the current European champions, G2 Esports. They have dominated the European League Championships. They also won the Mid-Season Invitational, a tournament earlier this year with the strongest teams from around the world. G2 Esports will be looking to win the first Worlds for Europe. In fact, no European team has won one since the first Worlds held in 2011.
They will have to face teams from around the world, including North America, China, and South Korea. The current World Champions, Invictus Gaming, will be looking to avenge their loss at the Mid-Season Invitational, although they beat G2 Esports at that event.
Worlds: One Big Change
A total of 24 teams will compete at Worlds. There will be an elaborate system to ensure a fair distribution of teams from every respective major region. One notable change is that the Korean league, which once dominated Worlds, will have to send one team through the play-in stage. Strong regions like Europe or China get to skip the play-in stage.
But, the weaker regions will have to send some teams through the play-in stage. This is notable because Korea hasn’t had to do this for years. Unfortunately, there was a downgrading of their strength as a region due to their defeat at the 2018 World Championships.
The entire tournament will last from October 2 to November 10, with the finals happening on November 10. This is all the pertinent information currently available about this year’s Worlds. But for now, Worlds 2019 remains the most anticipated eSports event in the year around the world.