League of Legends World Championship

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League of Legends World Championship
League of Legends Season 2 World Championship finals panorama (8095444017).jpg
Tournament information
LocationRotating locations
Month playedOctober-November
Established2011
Number of
tournaments
8
Administrator(s) Riot Games
Format Round-robin (group stage)
Single-elimination (bracket stage)
Teams8 (2011), 12 (2012), 14 (2013), 16 (2014–2016), 24 (2017–)
Website Official website
Current champion
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Invictus Gaming

The League of Legends World Championship is the annual professional League of Legends world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games and is the culmination of each season. Teams compete for the champion title, the 70 pounds (32 kg) Summoner's Cup, and a US$1 million championship prize. [1] In 2018, the finals were watched by 99.6 million people, breaking 2017's finals' viewer record. [2] The tournament has been widely praised for its ceremonial performances, [3] [4] while receiving attention worldwide due to its multiple dramatic and emotional series. [5] [6] [7] A donation of US$2 million was raised through the sales of the Worlds 2017 Championship Ashe skin. [8]

<i>League of Legends</i> Multiplayer online battle arena video game

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and macOS. The game follows a freemium model and is supported by microtransactions, and was inspired by the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients.

Riot Games Video game developer

Riot Games, Inc. is an American video game developer and esports tournament organizer based in West Los Angeles, California. The company was founded in September 2006 by University of Southern California roommates Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, as they sought to create a company that continuously improves on an already released game, instead of commencing development on a new one. Riot Games was majority-acquired by Tencent in February 2011 and fully acquired in December 2015. As of May 2018, Riot Games operates 24 offices around the world, in which it employs 2,500 staff members.

The 2017 League of Legends World Championship was the seventh world championship for League of Legends, a video game developed by Riot Games. It was held from September 23 – November 2017, in cities across China. Twenty four teams qualified for the tournament based on their placement in regional circuits such as those in North America, Europe, South Korea, and China, with twelve of those teams having to reach the group stage via a play-in round.

Contents

LA 2024, which is overseeing the Los Angeles bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics was inspired by the growing success of League of Legends World Championship and is considering to plan and include esports in the Olympic Games if they win the bid. Casey Wasserman, the chairman of LA 2024, suggested using technology used in certain segments of League of Legends Worlds such as augmented reality and virtual reality to make the Olympics more accessible to a younger demographic.

Olympic Games Major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

The League of Legends World Championships has gained tremendous success and popularity, making it among the world's most prestigious and watched tournaments, as well as the most watched video game in the world. Due to its success, esports scenes became prominent and widely seen as a potential Olympics event, already being included as a medal event in 2022 Asian Games. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

2022 Asian Games 19th edition of Asian games to be held in Hangzhou, China. This is the 3rd time China will host the games.

The 2022 Asian Games, also known as XIX Asiad, will be a multi-sport event celebrated in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from 10 to 25 September 2022. Hangzhou will be the third Chinese city to host the Asian Games, after Beijing 1990 and Guangzhou 2010.

The tournament is known to rotate its venues across different major countries and regions each year in a rotating manner, particularly in East Asia, Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia. South Korea's SK Telecom T1 currently holds the highest record of wins, with three world championship wins (2013, 2015, and 2016). [15]

East Asia Subregion of Asia

East Asia is the eastern subregion of Asia, defined in both geographical and ethno-cultural terms. The region includes China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan. People indigenous to the region are known as East Asians. China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam belong to the East Asian cultural sphere.

Europe Continent in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere

Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Asia to the east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.

North America Continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere

North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

Trophy

Riot Games, which owns League of Legends, commissioned the winner's trophy known as the Summoner’s Cup. Riot specified that it should weigh 70 pounds, though the actual weight of the finished cup was reduced so it would not be too heavy to lift in victory. MacTavish, having already created the Season Two World Championship Cup in 2012, crafted the winners' trophy for the 2014 games. [16]

Overview

Result

YearFinals locationFinalSemi-finals
ChampionScoreRunner-up
2011 Flag of Sweden.svg Jönköping Flag of Europe.svg Fnatic 21Flag of Europe.svg against All authorityCanada and USA Flag.png Team SoloMid
2012 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Taipei Assassins 31Flag of South Korea.svg Azubu Frost Flag of Europe.svg Counter Logic Gaming Europe Flag of Russia.svg Moscow Five
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1 30Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Royal Club Flag of Europe.svg Fnatic Flag of South Korea.svg NaJin Black Sword
2014 Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul Flag of South Korea.svg Samsung Galaxy White 31Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Star Horn Royal Club Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg OMG Flag of South Korea.svg Samsung Galaxy Blue
2015 Flag of Germany.svg Berlin Flag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1 31Flag of South Korea.svg KOO Tigers Flag of Europe.svg Fnatic Flag of Europe.svg Origen
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1 32Flag of South Korea.svg Samsung Galaxy Flag of Europe.svg H2k-Gaming Flag of South Korea.svg ROX Tigers
2017 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Flag of South Korea.svg Samsung Galaxy 30Flag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Royal Never Give Up Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Team WE
2018 Flag of South Korea.svg Incheon Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Invictus Gaming 30Flag of Europe.svg Fnatic Flag of Europe.svg G2 Esports Canada and USA Flag.png Cloud9
2019 Flag of France.svg Paris ---TBDTBDTBD
2020 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai TBD--TBDTBDTBD
2021Canada and USA Flag.png TBDTBD--TBDTBDTBD

Teams reaching the top four

  *   Teams/Organization had been disbanded, acquired or no longer participating in the regional league.

TeamTitlesRunner-up3rd-4th
Flag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T13 (2013, 2015, 2016)1 (2017)
Flag of South Korea.svg Generation Gaming2 (2014, 2017)1 (2016)1 (2014)
Flag of Europe.svg Fnatic1 (2011)1 (2018)2 (2013, 2015)
Flag of the Republic of China.svg J Team1 (2012)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Invictus Gaming1 (2018)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg (Star Horn) Royal Club/Royal Never Give Up2 (2013, 2014)1 (2017)
Flag of South Korea.svg KOO Tigers/ROX Tigers1 (2015)1 (2016)
Flag of Europe.svg against All authority1 (2011)
Flag of South Korea.svg Azubu Frost1 (2012)
Canada and USA Flag.png Team SoloMid1 (2011)
Flag of Europe.svg Counter Logic Gaming Europe1 (2012)
Flag of Russia.svg Moscow Five1 (2012)
Flag of South Korea.svg NaJin Black Sword1 (2013)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg OMG1 (2014)
Flag of Europe.svg Origen1 (2015)
Flag of Europe.svg H2k-Gaming1 (2016)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Team WE1 (2017)
Canada and USA Flag.png Cloud91 (2018)
Flag of Europe.svg G2 Esports1 (2018)

Regions reaching the top four

(*): Region has 2 teams finished at 3rd-4th place in this year.

TeamTitlesRunner-up3rd-4th
Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea (LCK)5 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)4 (2012 2015 2016 2017)3 (2013, 2014, 2016)
Flag of Europe.svg Europe (LEC)1 (2011)2 (2011, 2018)6 (2012, 2013, 2015*, 2016, 2018)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China (LPL)1 (2018)2 (2013, 2014)3 (2014, 2017*)
Flag of the Republic of China.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svgFlag of Macau.svg TW/HK/MO (LMS)1 (2012)
Flag of the United States.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg North America (LCS)3 (2011*, 2018)
Flag of the CIS.svg CIS (LCL)1 (2012 [upper-alpha 1] )
Notes
  1. Moscow Five from Russia of CIS qualified 2012 Worlds via Europe regional finals. Because now CIS is separated of Europe (EU LCS) and become an independent region that has own league (LCL), Moscow Five's achievement in 2012 will be counted for CIS region.

Season 1

The Season 1 Championship [17] in June 2011, held at Dreamhack Summer 2011, featured a US$100,000 tournament prize pool. [18] 8 teams from North America, Southeast Asia and Europe participated in the championship. [19] Over 1.6 million viewers watched the streaming broadcast of the event, with a peak of over 210,069 simultaneous viewers in the final matches. [20]

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayers [21] Prize money
IDName
1stFlag of Europe.svg Fnatic Flag of Spain.svg xPeke Enrique Cedeño Martinez$50,000
Flag of Poland.svg ShusheiMaciej Ratuszniak
Flag of Finland.svg CyanideFI Lauri Happonen
Flag of Germany.svg LaMiaZeaLoTManuel Mildenberger
Flag of Germany.svg MellisanPeter Meisrimel
2ndFlag of Europe.svg against All authority Flag of France.svg sOAZ Paul Boyer$25,000
Flag of France.svg LinakDamien Lorthios
Flag of Germany.svg MoMaMaik Wallus
Flag of France.svg YellOwStaR Bora Kim
Flag of France.svg KujaaJerome Negretti
3rdCanada and USA Flag.png Team SoloMid Flag of the United States.svg TheRainManChristian Kahmann$10,000
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg TheOddOneBrian Wyllie
Flag of the United States.svg Reginald Andy Dinh
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg ChaoxShan Huang
Flag of the United States.svg Xpecial Alex Chu
4thCanada and USA Flag.png Epik Gamer Flag of the United States.svg WestriceJonathan Nguyen$7,000
Flag of the United States.svg Dan Dinh Daniel Dinh
Flag of the United States.svg SalceTrevor Salce
Flag of the United States.svg Dyrus Marcus Hill
Flag of the United States.svg Doublelift Yiliang Peter Peng

Season 2

A group picture of the Taipei Assassins, the champions of season 2. Taipei Assassins at LoL World Championship (2) 2012.jpg
A group picture of the Taipei Assassins, the champions of season 2.

After Season 1, Riot announced that US$5,000,000 would be paid out over Season 2. Of this $5 million, $2 million went to Riot's partners including the IGN Pro League and other major esports associations. Another $2 million went to Riot's Season 2 qualifiers and championship. The final $1 million went to other organizers who applied to Riot to host independent League of Legends tournaments. [22]

The Season 2 World Championship was held in early October 2012 in Los Angeles, California to conclude the US$5 million season. Twelve qualifying teams from around the world participated in the championship, which boasted the largest prize pool in the history of e-sports tournaments at the time at US$2 million, with US$1 million going to the champions. The group stage, quarter-final, and semi-final matches took place between October 4 and 6. The grand final took place a week after, on October 13 in the University of Southern California's Galen Center in front of 10,000 fans, and were broadcast in 13 different languages. [23] In the grand final, Taiwan's professional team Taipei Assassins triumphed over South Korea's Azubu Frost 3-to-1 and claimed the US$1 million in prize money. [24]

Over 8 million viewers tuned in to the Season 2 World Championship broadcast, with a maximum of 1.1 million concurrent viewers during the grand final, making the Season 2 World Championship the most watched esports event in history at the time. [25]

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayers [26] Prize money
IDName
1stFlag of the Republic of China.svg Taipei Assassins

Flag of the Republic of China.svg Stanley
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lilballz
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Toyz
Flag of the Republic of China.svg bebe
Flag of the Republic of China.svg MiSTakE

Wang June-tsan
Alex Sung Kuan-po
Kurtis Lau Wai Kin
Cheng Bo-wei
Chen Hui-chung

$1,000,000
2ndFlag of South Korea.svg Azubu Frost

Flag of South Korea.svg Shy
Flag of South Korea.svg CloudTemplar
Flag of South Korea.svg RapidStar
Flag of South Korea.svg Woong
Flag of South Korea.svg MadLife

Park Sang-myeon
Lee Hyun-woo
Jung Min-sung
Jang Gun-woong
Hong Min-gi

$250,000
3rd–4thFlag of Europe.svg Counter Logic Gaming Europe

Flag of Denmark.svg Wickd
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Snoopeh
Flag of Denmark.svg Froggen
Flag of Germany.svg yellowpete
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Krepo

Mike Petersen
Stephen Ellis
Henrik Hansen
Peter Wüppen
Mitch Voorspoels

$150,000
Flag of Russia.svg Moscow Five

Flag of Russia.svg Darien
Flag of Russia.svg Diamondprox
Flag of Russia.svg Alex Ich
Flag of Russia.svg Genja
Flag of Armenia.svg GoSu Pepper

Evgeny Mazaev
Danil Reshetnikov
Alexey Ichetovkin
Evgeny Andryushin
Edward Abgaryan

Season 3

A group picture of SK Telecom T1, the champions of season 3. SK Telecom T1 at LoL World Championship 2013.jpg
A group picture of SK Telecom T1, the champions of season 3.

The Season 3 World Championship was held in late 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 14 teams from North America, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and one of the emerging League of Legends territories measured up at the World Playoffs after having qualified through their regional competitions. [27] The grand final were held in the Staples Center on October 4, 2013, where Korean team SK Telecom T1 defeated the Chinese team Royal Club, [28] granting them the title of the Season 3 world champions, the Summoner’s Cup and the $1 million prize.

The Season 3 World Championship grand final broadcast on October 4 was watched by 32 million people with a peak concurrent viewership of 8.5 million. [29] The numbers once again beat the previous records for esports viewership.

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayers [30] Prize money
IDName
1stFlag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1

Flag of South Korea.svg Impact
Flag of South Korea.svg Bengi
Flag of South Korea.svg Faker
Flag of South Korea.svg Piglet
Flag of South Korea.svg PoohManDu

Jung Eon-yeong
Bae Seong-ung
Lee Sang-hyeok
Chae Gwang-jin
Lee Jeong-hyeon

$1,000,000
2ndFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg Royal Club

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg GoDlike
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Lucky
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Wh1t3zZ
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Uzi
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Tabe

Xiao Wang
Liu Junjie
Lo Pun Wai
Jian Zihao
Wong Pak Kan

$250,000
3rd–4thFlag of Europe.svg Fnatic

Flag of France.svg sOAZ
Flag of Finland.svg Cyanide
Flag of Spain.svg xPeke
Flag of Estonia.svg puszu
Flag of France.svg YellOwStaR

Paul Boyer
Lauri Happonen
Enrique Cedeño Martinez
Johannes Uibos
Bora Kim

$150,000
Flag of South Korea.svg NaJin Black Sword

Flag of South Korea.svg Expession
Flag of South Korea.svg watch
Flag of South Korea.svg Nagne
Flag of South Korea.svg PraY
Flag of South Korea.svg Cain

Koo Bon-taek
Cho Jae-geol
Kim Sang-moon
Kim Jong-in
Jang Nu-ri

Season 4

The 2014 World Championship featured 16 teams competing for a $2.13 million prize pool, with 14 teams qualifying from the primary League of Legends regions (China, Europe, North America, Korea and Taiwan/SEA) and two international wildcard teams.

The group stage began September 18 in Taipei and concluded September 28 in Singapore with eight teams advancing to the bracket stage. [31] The bracket stage started on October 3 in Busan, South Korea, and concluded on October 19 with the grand final hosted at the 45,000-seats Seoul World Cup Stadium, [32] [33] where South Korean team Samsung Galaxy White beat the Chinese team Star Horn Royal Club to become the 2014 League of Legends world champions. [34] [35] [36]

American band Imagine Dragons contributed the theme song "Warriors" for the tournament, [37] and performed live on the grand final stage in South Korea. [38] All games were made available for free via live streaming. [39]

The 2014 World Championship games were streamed live by 40 broadcast partners, and cast in 19 languages. The grand final was watched by 27 million people, with concurrent viewership peaking at over 11 million viewers. [40] [41]

Top Four

The name and player ID in bold letters refer to the player who received the final MVP award. This is same in the tournaments below.

PlaceTeamPlayers [34] [35] [36] Prize money
IDName
1stFlag of South Korea.svg Samsung White

Flag of South Korea.svg Looper
Flag of South Korea.svg DanDy
Flag of South Korea.svg PawN
Flag of South Korea.svg imp
Flag of South Korea.svg Mata

Jang Hyeong-seok
Choi In-kyu
Heo Won-seok
Gu Seung-bin
Cho Se-hyeong

$1,000,000
2ndFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg Star Horn Royal Club

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Cola
Flag of South Korea.svg inSec
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg corn
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Uzi
Flag of South Korea.svg Zero

Jiang Nan
Choi In-seok
Lei Wen
Jian Zihao
Yoon Kyung-sup

$250,000
3rd–4thFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg OMG

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Gogoing
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg LoveLing
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg cool
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg san
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Cloud

Gao Diping
Yin Le
Yu Jiajun
Guo Junliang
Hu Zhenwei

$150,000
Flag of South Korea.svg Samsung Blue

Flag of South Korea.svg Acorn
Flag of South Korea.svg Spirit
Flag of South Korea.svg dade
Flag of South Korea.svg Deft
Flag of South Korea.svg Heart

Choi Cheon-ju
Lee Da-yoon
Bae Eo-jin
Kim Hyuk-kyu
Lee Gwan-hyung

Season 5

After the 2014 season, Riot Games introduced a number of changes to competitive League of Legends. The number of teams in the League Championship Series was increased from 8 to 10 in both the North America and Europe regions. [42] A second Riot Games official international tournament was announced, the Mid-Season Invitational, which took place in May 2015, and featured a single team from each major region and one international wildcard. [43] Additionally, starting from 2015, all teams are required to field a head coach in their competitive matches, who will stay on stage and speak with the team via voice-chat in the pick-ban phase of the game. This change makes the head coach an officially recognized member of the team. [44]

The 2015 World Championship concluded the 2015 season, and was held at several venues across Europe in October 2015. Like the 2014 World Championship, the 2015 World Championship was a multi-city, multi-country event. [45]

2015 Worlds was won by SK Telecom T1, their second title, as they won the 2013 Worlds too. SKT Top laner Jang "MaRin" Gyeong-Hwan was named the tournament most valuable player (MVP).

The finals were watched by 36 million people, with a peak concurrent viewership of 14 million viewers. [46]

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayers [47] Prize money
IDName
1stFlag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1

Flag of South Korea.svg MaRin
Flag of South Korea.svg Bengi
Flag of South Korea.svg Faker
Flag of South Korea.svg Bang
Flag of South Korea.svg Wolf
Flag of South Korea.svg kkOma (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg Easyhoon (Substitute)

Jang Gyeong-hwan
Bae Seong-woong
Lee Sang-hyeok
Bae Jun-sik
Lee Jae-wan
Kim Jeong-gyun
Lee Ji-hoon

$1,000,000
2ndFlag of South Korea.svg KOO Tigers

Flag of South Korea.svg Smeb
Flag of South Korea.svg Hojin
Flag of South Korea.svg Kuro
Flag of South Korea.svg PraY
Flag of South Korea.svg GorillA
Flag of South Korea.svg NoFe (Coach)

Song Kyung-ho
Lee Ho-jin
Lee Seo-haeng
Kim Jong-in
Kang Beom-hyeon
Jeong No-chul

$250,000
3rd–4thFlag of Europe.svg Fnatic

Flag of South Korea.svg Huni
Flag of South Korea.svg Reignover
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Febiven
Flag of Sweden.svg Rekkles
Flag of France.svg YellOwStaR
Flag of Spain.svg Deilor (Coach)

Heo Seung-hoon
Kim Yeu-jin
Fabian Diepstraten
Martin Larsson
Bora Kim
Luis Sevilla

$150,000
Flag of Europe.svg Origen

Flag of France.svg sOAZ
Flag of Germany.svg Amazing
Flag of Spain.svg xPeke
Flag of Denmark.svg Niels
Flag of Spain.svg Mithy
Flag of the United States.svg Hermit (Coach)

Paul Boyer
Maurice Stückenschneider
Enrique Cedeño Martínez
Jesper Svenningsen
Alfonso Aguirre Rodriguez
Tadayoshi Littleton

Season 6

The Staples Center in Los Angeles as used for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship finals LOL2016WorldsFinalsArena.jpg
The Staples Center in Los Angeles as used for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship finals

The various stages of the 2016 Worlds were held throughout the United States in Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, and the finals in Los Angeles.

The Groups of teams were decided through a live Group Draw Show on September 10. The games were played on the 6.18 patch of the game with Yorick disabled and Aurelion Sol was disabled for days 1-3. There were 16 teams and 4 groups that consisted of 4 teams. The group stage was Bo1 and the top two teams from each groups would advance to the Knockout Stage. The Knockout Stage was Bo5 and the #1 vs #2 teams from each group would face each other in the bracket. The total prize pool was $6,700,000 USD and it was spread among the teams. The first place (SK Telecom T1) took $2,680,000, the second team (Samsung Galaxy) took $1,005,000, the third place (ROX Tigers) took $502,500. The rest of the prize pool was distributed among the 5th-16th places. [48]

SKT won 3-2 vs. Samsung Galaxy in the 2016 World Championship Finals, with Faker winning the MVP award, and along with teammate Bengi captured their third world championship in four seasons (2013, 2015, 2016), cementing SKT's legacy as the most dominant League of Legends team in the world. [49]

The finals were watched by 43 million people, with a peak concurrent viewership of 14.7 million viewers, breaking 2015's finals' viewer records.

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayers [50] Prize money
IDName
1stFlag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1

Flag of South Korea.svg Duke
Flag of South Korea.svg Bengi
Flag of South Korea.svg Faker
Flag of South Korea.svg Bang
Flag of South Korea.svg Wolf
Flag of South Korea.svg kkOma (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg Blank (Substitute)

Lee Ho-seong
Bae Seong-woong
Lee Sang-hyeok
Bae Jun-sik
Lee Jae-wan
Kim Jeong-gyun
Kang Sun-gu

$2,680,000
2ndFlag of South Korea.svg Samsung Galaxy

Flag of South Korea.svg CuVee
Flag of South Korea.svg Ambition
Flag of South Korea.svg Crown
Flag of South Korea.svg Ruler
Flag of South Korea.svg CoreJJ
Flag of South Korea.svg Edgar (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg Wraith (Substitute)

Lee Sung-jin
Kang Chan-yong
Lee Min-ho
Park Jae-hyeok
Jo Yon-gin
Choi Woo-bum
Kwon Ji-min

$1,005,000
3rd–4thFlag of Europe.svg H2k-Gaming

Flag of Romania.svg Odoamne
Flag of Poland.svg Jankos
Flag of South Korea.svg Ryu
Flag of Greece.svg FORG1VEN
Flag of Poland.svg Vander
Flag of the United States.svg Pr0lly (Coach)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Freeze (Substitute)

Andrei Pascu
Marcin Jankowski
Yoo Sang-wook
Konstantinos-Napoleon Tzortziou
Oskar Bogdan
Neil Hammad
Aleš Kněžínek

$502,500
Flag of South Korea.svg ROX Tigers

Flag of South Korea.svg Smeb
Flag of South Korea.svg Peanut
Flag of South Korea.svg Kuro
Flag of South Korea.svg PraY
Flag of South Korea.svg GorillA
Flag of South Korea.svg NoFe (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg Cry (Substitute)

Song Kyung-ho
Han Wang-ho
Lee Seo-haeng
Kim Jong-in
Kang Beom-hyeon
Jeong No-chul
Hae Seong-min

Season 7

The stage for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship finals between SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy in the Beijing National Stadium League of Legends World Championship 2017 Finals.jpg
The stage for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship finals between SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy in the Beijing National Stadium

The 2017 World Championship series started in September 2017, and concluded in November 2017. It was held in 4 different locations throughout China: Wuhan (Play-In and Groups), Guangzhou (Quarterfinals), Shanghai (Semifinals), and Beijing (Finals). [51] It was played on patch 7.18, with the newest champion Ornn being disabled. Patch 7.18 is slightly older than patches 7.19 and 7.20, which are the new standard for online matches during the September - November period. The most notable difference being the stronger Ardent Censer support meta with patch 7.18.

A total of 24 teams participated in the tournament: 3 teams from South Korea, China, North America, Europe and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau; 1 team from Brazil, Latin America North, Latin America South, Japan, Oceania, Turkey, Southeast Asia and CIS/Russia; and 1 team from the Wildcard region with the highest rank finish at the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational (GPL in Southeast Asia, due to Gigabyte Marines from Vietnam prevailing there, and Vietnam received 1 more slot for VCS's second seed to participate GPL 2017 summer split).

Samsung Galaxy reversed the previous year's result and defeated SK Telecom T1 3-0 in the 2017 World Championship Finals. Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk, the AD carry of Samsung, was named MVP.

The finals were watched by 60 million people, breaking 2016's finals' viewer records. The tournament is widely praised for its high quality of plays and amazing ceremonial performances, while receiving worldwide attention for its dramatic and emotional series. It is currently the most watched tournament in League of Legends' history, and is lauded as one of the best. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [52] [53] [8]

Prize Pool: $2,350,000 (Riot) + ~$2,650,000 Fan Contribution = ~5 million as of October 7. [54]

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayersPrize money
IDName
1stFlag of South Korea.svg Samsung Galaxy

Flag of South Korea.svg CuVee
Flag of South Korea.svg Ambition
Flag of South Korea.svg Crown
Flag of South Korea.svg Ruler
Flag of South Korea.svg CoreJJ
Flag of South Korea.svg Edgar (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg Haru (Substitute)

Lee Sung-jin
Kang Chan-yong
Lee Min-ho
Park Jae-hyeok
Jo Yon-gin
Choi Woo-bum
Kang Min-seung

$1,540,000
2ndFlag of South Korea.svg SK Telecom T1

Flag of South Korea.svg Huni
Flag of South Korea.svg Peanut
Flag of South Korea.svg Faker
Flag of South Korea.svg Bang
Flag of South Korea.svg Wolf
Flag of South Korea.svg kkOma (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg Blank (Substitute)

Heo Seung-hoon
Han Wang-ho
Lee Sang-hyeok
Bae Jun-sik
Lee Jae-wan
Kim Jeong-gyun
Kang Sun-gu

$554,000
3rd–4thFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg Royal Never Give Up

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Letme
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Mlxg
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xiaohu
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Uzi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ming
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Firefox (Coach)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Y1HAN (Substitute)

Yan Junze
Liu Shiyu
Li Yuanhao
Jian Zihao
Shi Senming
Huang Ting-hsiang
Hu Zhiwei

$287,000
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Team WE

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 957
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Condi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xiye
Flag of South Korea.svg Mystic
Flag of South Korea.svg Ben
Flag of South Korea.svg Homee (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg Zero (Substitute)

Ke Changyu
Xiang Renjie
Su Hanwei
Jin Sung-jun
Nam Dong-hyun
Yoon Sung-young
Yoon Kyung-sup

Season 8

The 2018 World Championship was held from October 1 to November 3, 2018, in cities across South Korea. Twenty four teams qualified for the tournament based on their placement in regional circuits such as those in North America, Europe, South Korea, and China, with twelve of those teams having to reach the group stage via a play-in round. [55]

The 2018 World Championship was played on Patch 8.19. Notably, champions Aatrox, Alistar and Urgot were extremely prevalent in the tournament, with the three characters being picked or banned in over 90% of the 78 games played. [56] The World Championship Finals were played between Invictus Gaming and Fnatic. Invictus Gaming won 3-0 against Fnatic, granting China and the LPL their first World Championship. Gao "Ning" Zhenning was named the MVP of the series in their victory.

The finals were watched by 99.6 million unique viewers, with concurrent viewership reaching a peak of 44 million viewers, breaking 2017's finals' viewership record. [57]

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayersPrize money
IDName
1st Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Invictus Gaming

Flag of South Korea.svg TheShy
Flag of South Korea.svg Duke (Substitute)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ning
Flag of South Korea.svg Rookie
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg JackeyLove
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Baolan
Flag of South Korea.svg Kim (coach)

Kang Seung-lok
Lee Ho-seong
Gao Zhenning
Song Eui-jin
Yu Wenbo
Wang Liuyi
Kim Jeong-soo

$ 2,418,750
2nd Flag of Europe.svg Fnatic

Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Bwipo
Flag of France.svg sOAZ (Substitute)
Flag of Denmark.svg Broxah
Flag of Denmark.svg Caps
Flag of Sweden.svg Rekkles
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Hylissang
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dylan (coach)

Gabriël Rau
Paul Boyer
Mads Brock-Pedersen
Rasmus Winther
Martin Larsson
Zdravets Galabov
Dylan Falco

$ 870,750
3rd–4thFlag of Europe.svg G2 Esports

Flag of Denmark.svg Wunder
Flag of Poland.svg Jankos
Flag of Croatia.svg Perkz
Flag of Sweden.svg Hjarnan
Flag of South Korea.svg Wadid
Flag of Germany.svg GrabbZ (Coach)

Martin Hansen
Marcin Jankowski
Luka Perkovic
Petter Freyschuss
Bae-in Kim
Fabian Lohmann

$ 451,500
Canada and USA Flag.png Cloud9

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Licorice
Flag of the United States.svg Blaber (Substitute)
Flag of Denmark.svg Svenskeren
Flag of Denmark.svg Jensen
Flag of the United States.svg Sneaky
Flag of the United States.svg Zeyzal
Flag of South Korea.svg Reapered (Coach)
Flag of South Korea.svg RapidStar (Assistant Coach)

Eric Ritchie
Robert Huang
Dennis Johnsen
Nicolaj Jensen
Zachary Scuderi
Tristan Stidam
Han-gyu Bok
Min-sung Jung

Season 9

The 2019 World Championship will be held from October 2 to November 10, 2019, in countries and cities all across Europe. Twenty-four teams qualified to participate at the World Championship based on placement within their own regional leagues and previous regional results in international play. [58]

The 2019 World Championship will be played on Patch 9.19 from start to finish.

Top Four

PlaceTeamPlayersPrize money
IDName
1st
2nd
3rd–4th

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