The League of Legends World Championship is the crowning event on all of LOL esports every year where 24 of the best teams in the world will compete in a month-long tournament comprised of different stages.
This year, Worlds was supposed to take place in China, where the different stages will be held in various cities of the country. Though it was just this week that Riot decided to move the venue of the competition to Europe instead.
With that being said, here’s everything we know so far about the League of Legends World Championship 2021.
4th October 2021 - With less than 24 hours to go before the first play-in round kicks off for LOL Worlds 2021, all the teams are gearing up for the annual global celebration of the game. Additionally, the entire community is eagerly waiting for the lights that will get the celebration started. Also, the World Championship is going to be played on LOL patch 11.20, so make sure to check out the patch notes and know what each team is up to during the draft.
Apart from these, players should also note that both Akshan and Vex will be unavailable in the champion pool owing to Riot Games' "New Champions and VGUs must be enabled for playoffs in all four of the top regions in order to be playable at the next international tournament." policy
League of Legends World Championship 2021 Date and Place
The exact start date of the LOL Worlds 2021 is still not yet announced. Though it is safe to assume that the tournament will begin sometime in the coming months of 2021. But do not worry and we will surely update this article once the official start date of the competition will be announced.
Also as mentioned above, the competition will now be held in Europe, though there is still no specific place where it will take place in the region.
Similar to the usual format, the LOL World Championship 2021 will feature four separate rounds that will begin on 5th October 2021 and run through 6th November 2021. Let's dive in and check out the schedule for each of these rounds.
Play-In First Round
The first play-in round begins on 5th October and will run until 7th October.
Play-In Second Round
The second play-in round will be played on 8th and 9th October.
The group stage for LOL Worlds 2021 will feature the first round of matches from 11th October to 13th October while the final round of group stage matches will be played from 15th October to 18th October.
The Playoff stage will be broken up into three parts to extend the global celebration of LOL. The first stage of the playoffs will be played between 22nd and 25th October while the second stage will be conducted on 30th and 31st October. Following this, the final day for the LOL World Championship 2021 will be hosted on 6th November when a new champion will be crowned.
League of Legends World Championship 2021 Teams
A total of 12 teams have earned a direct invite to the Group Stage of the LOL World Championship 2021. These teams include:
- Team Liquid
- 100 Thieves
- EDward Gaming
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Royal Never Give Up
- DAMWON Gaming
- MAD Lions
- PSG Talon
Prior to the group stage, the World Championship will also feature two Play-In rounds that will allow four more teams to qualify for the Group Stage. The Play-In Rounds will feature a total of 10 teams instead of the usual 12. This is on account of the two VCS representative teams failing to make it to the championship owing to delays caused in the VCS 2021 Summer Season.
Having said that, the 10 teams that will fight it out have already been placed in their specific groups. Here are the lineups of the two groups for the first round of the play-ins.
- Hanwha Life Esports
- LNG Esports
- RED Canids
- Beyond Gaming
- Unicorns Of Love
- Galatasaray Esports
- DetonatioN FocusMe
It will be interesting to see which four teams make it into the Group Stage after the two rounds of Play-In.
League of Legends World Championship 2021 Teams Prize Pool
The prize pool for the League of Legends World Championship 2021 is still not announced. But if we review last year’s prize pool, it was $2,225,000 (£1,576,379.12). The champions, DAMWON Gaming from South Korea, received a share of $556,250 (£394,019.69).
Thus, we can assume that this could also be or even close to this one would be the amount of year’s prize pool, but we’ll wait for Riot Games’ official announcement, of course.
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