Welcome to Worlds
If you watch the League of Legends 2014 World Championship, here’s what we can promise you. There will come a moment over the next couple of months that defies what you’ve come to expect from esports. It’s not entirely clear when this moment will come. Perhaps it will be during the Regional Qualifiers, when teams will make one last-bid effort to continue their season on the international stage. Or maybe it’ll come during the Group stage, where each region’s victors will test their mettle against a new set of international challengers. Then again, it could happen during Finals, where last year’s matches were viewed by more than 32 million fans.
Or more likely, it’ll happen during all of the above.
We don’t know when it will happen, but it will happen. And we know this because these types of eye-opening moments--moments defined by emotional intensity, where fans from around the globe cry out with one voice, in one common language, that what they have seen has risen to the level of true entertainment--they happen every year when League heads to the global stage. Welcome to Worlds 2014, where every moment counts.
What is Worlds?
OK, so what’s all the hype about? The League of Legends World Championship is a once-a-year tournament that can be broken down into three distinct phases. We begin with Regionals, which commence on August 7 and conclude on September 7. There are six Regional tournaments in total, one for each of the five major leagues as well as an International wildcard, and each region has its own specific way of advancing through this stage of the tournament. You can get the full answer to “What is Regionals?” from this handy guide.
The second phase of the Worlds tournament is referred to as Groups, and this year will be split between Taipei, Taiwan, and the city-state of Singapore. In this stage, the top two or three teams (depending on the region) compete in a Round Robin-style tournament. You can find the full Worlds 2014 Group stage selection results here, or consult the graphic below.
Worlds qualifying teams have been sorted into each pool according to their regional seeding. Pool 1 is a "protected" pool of No. 1 seeds from China, Europe, Korea, and North America. Pool 2 contains the #2 and #3 seeds from those regions, in addition to the GPL's top two teams. Pool 3 is composed of the No. 3 seeds from North America and Europe as well as the International Wildcard tournaments.
Each of the four groups contains one team from Pool 1, two teams from Pool 2, and one team from Pool 3. Teams have been drawn randomly from the pools into groups. There is a "region limit" governing the composition of the groups: No two teams from the same region can inhabit the same group. Still have questions? You can get a full rundown on the 2014 World Championship Groups stage here.
Sixteen teams enter the Group stage, but only eight advance. Refer to the above graphic for information on how teams will be placed coming out of Groups.
The preeminent phase of the Worlds tournament heads to Korea, the home of professional esports. The knockout-style bracket is slated to begin on October 3, and will culminate on October 19, when the two top teams in the world head to Sangam Stadium in Seoul to compete for the Summoner’s Cup and a $1 million purse. Expect more information on this stage of the tournament soon.
What’s on the line?
You mean, beyond proving one’s superiority in front of tens of millions of people? (Seriously--the 2013 Worlds final drew a viewership of more than 32 million people!)
There’s the money, of course. More than $2 million is up for grabs this year, with the tournament victors walking home with $1 million to split. Second place nets $250,000, while the third- and fourth-place finishers walk away with $150,000. In fact, all teams who make it to the Group phase will earn a cash prize--but let’s be real, everyone wants that cool million.
And then there’s the Summoner’s Cup. It’s large, it’s shiny, and on it are etched the names of all League of Legends World Championship winners. In short, it’s these players’ key to immortality.
How can I get involved?
Tickets! Tickets here! Seats are still available for the NA LCS Regional Qualifier and EU LCS Regional Qualifier, and you can grab them on our Tickets page.
Want to catch all the action online? Bookmarking Lolesports.com is your easiest bet (but expect spoilers!!), as we’ll have a newly upgraded streaming experience for Group stage and beyond. But you can also tune into your livestreaming service of choice--Twitch, Azubu, YouTube, telescope--for all the action. We have a spoiler-free VOD archive for every match. And if you’re looking for more of that live feel, we’ll also be rebroadcasting all of the matches at 10am PDT the following day. You can catch those rebroadcasts at lolesports.com. Lastly, you can find the schedule for each stage of the tournament, including match-ups and start times, on our aptly titled Schedule page!
World Championships: Group A and Group B
Group A and Group B will be played at:
NTU Sport Center
106 Luosifo Road Section 4 No. 1
World Championships: Group C and Group D
Group C and Group D will be played at:
1 Expo Drive
World Championships: Quarterfinals
The Quarterfinals will be played in Busan Buxco Auditorium at
55, APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
World Championships: Semifinals
|Date||Game Start Time (KST)||Matchups||Cost||Buy Link|
|October 11||5:00PM||TBD||16000-40000 KRW|
|October 12||5:00PM||TBD||16000-40000 KRW|
The Semifinals will be played in the Olympic Gymnastics Arena at
88-2 Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
World Championships: Finals
|Date||Game Start Time (KST)||Matchups||Cost||Buy Link|
|October 19||3:30PM||TBD||25000-55000 KRW|
The Finals will be played in Sangam World Cup Stadium at
240 Woldeukeom-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
If you have questions or concerns related to tickets or ticket sales, please call Lisa Neshanian at +1 (310) 925-2440 for NA or Lukas Peda at +49 (221) 250-3536 (Monday through Friday 11:00 - 19:00 CEST) for EU.
About the Leagues
LoL esports represents professional League of Legends on a global scale. Primarily it includes the five major professional leagues from around the globe:
• North America: NA LCS
• Europe: EU LCS
• Korea: OGN The Champions (OGN)
• China: League of Legends Pro League (LPL)
• South East Asia: Garena Premier League (GPL)
These leagues, plus international qualifiers from regions not represented above, feed into the World Championship that occurs annually between the best teams in the world.
The LCS is an 8-team league where teams will play 28 games - four single-game matches against each of the other seven teams in the league. At the end of the regular season split, the top two teams earn a bye into the playoffs. The 3rd through 6th seeded teams play in the wildcard round. The winners advance to play the top two seeds while the losers play in a 5th-place match. The loser of the 5th-place match drops to relegation matches along with the two teams that failed to make the playoffs where three challenger teams attempt to knock them out of the LCS in the Promotion Tournament.
After the first split of the season, the following split will follow the same outlines with the exception of the playoff format. Based on the playoff results, the top teams will earn a trip to the 2014 World Championships in South Korea.
The LPL is the premier league in China. It is an 8-team league that plays 21 games per season, three against each other team in the league. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams advance to the playoffs. The bottom two teams are relegated out of the league, where they will have to requalify through another national competition.
The GPL is the premier league in Southeast Asia. It is a 12 team league that plays 10 games per season in two groups. Each team plays each other team twice in the season. At the end of the regular season, the top four teams from each group advance to the knockout stages. Teams qualify into the GPL through regional competitions in their home countries.
The OGN Champions is the premier league in Korea. It is comprised of 16 teams that are separated into four groups. In the Group Stage, the four teams will play against each other in a set of 2 matches, earning three points for a win (2-0), one point for a split (1-1) and zero points for a loss (0-2). The bottom two teams are relegated to the NLB qualifiers while the top two teams from each group will advance to the playoff stage where they play in a best of 5 series against teams from other groups. Circuit points are earned based off where the teams finish and are carried over across each season of Champions.