Over the past few months, League of Legends fans around the world have experienced thrilling matches and exciting developments within the competitive scene. With Season Two coming to a close, the World Championship is set to deliver the most electrifying experience yet. The top twelve teams from five regions will battle it out in Los Angeles, California from October 4-6 and October 13 to determine the best League of Legends team in the world and to decide who will take home the lion’s share of the $2,000,000 prize pool.
For the World Championship, we’ve chosen a format that both rewards the Regional victors while also providing fair opportunity for any of the twelve teams to be immortalized in League of Legends history as the Season Two World Champion.
Two distinct stages initially divide the competition: four of the five seeded teams which won in their regions automatically advance to the quarterfinal stage*, while the other eight unseeded teams will compete in the group stage to determine which four will advance to the quarterfinals.
The eight unseeded teams, divided into Group A and Group B, go head-to-head in a best-of-one Round Robin format in the group stage. Each group was randomly selected, and will not compete against teams within their own region during the group stage.
After twelve games have been played in the first stage, the top two teams in each group will advance to play the Regional winners in a best-of-three Single-Elimination quarterfinals. These do-or-die matches will lead to explosive semi-finals games, after which only the two best teams will remain standing for the ultimate face-off on October 13 in the best-of-five World Finals.
All teams which compete in the Season Two World Championship will not only have the opportunity to represent their countries and compete on a global scale, but will also receive a cash prize based upon their performances at the tournament:
*Five regions are represented in the World Championship, but only four can automatically advance to the quarterfinal stage, so a random drawing was televised during the OGN Regionals.