E-sports is becoming more and more competitive day by day and gamers are trying to find their place in the gaming world. It’s not fair if they don’t have a playing field to determine the winner and loser and, more broadly, regional tournaments around the world.
This is the reason why Riot Games has launched game-specific awards, notably the LOL world championship. From the very beginning, it was one of the biggest esports tournaments worldwide. And so far, with fierce battles, the LOL world championship returns to North America in 2022!
First, let’s learn about What is LOL world championship? before coming to the information about the 2022 tournament!
1. What is LOL world championship?
LOL World Championship (abbreviated as Worlds) is a professional tournament of the game League of Legends held annually by Riot Games. This is a game that is no stranger to gamers, especially professional gamers. More than anyone else, they are the ones who pay special attention to this tournament every season. The tournament changes venues across different major countries and regions each year.
LOL Worlds attracts attention with fierce matches with top-notch gaming manipulations of professional gamers. Due to its dramatic and emotional nature, it has attracted a large number of game fans around the world. It has been a huge success and has grown in popularity, becoming the most prestigious and watched tournament in the world.
The first LOL Worlds was held in 2011 at DreamHack (Sweden) and team Fnatic was the first League of Legends world champion to win. After that, different teams took turns winning the trophy, in which SKT T1 (Korea) was the only team to hold three crowns in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
The company that owns League of Legends, Riot Games, has placed the winner’s trophy with the name Summoner’s Cup. Riot stipulates that this trophy must weigh 70 pounds, although its actual weight has been reduced so that gamers can easily lift in their victory. Additionally, the World Championship offers a grand prize pool of more than $10,000,000 USD.
2. When and where will Worlds 2022 be held?
The LOL World Championship has been taking place all over the world in different regions of the world since 2011. And starting from Sweden, it has grown to other countries like Korea, China, UK, Germany, France and USA. So far, this tournament has truly become a global phenomenon for Esports fans and players.
In 2021, Edward Gaming (China) brought home the Summoner’s Cup during the season held in Reykjavik (Iceland). This year, Riot announced that LOL World Championship 2022 will take place in North America with 4 cities hosting this event. However, Riot has slightly changed the semi-final location but we will show you the revised decisions.
Worlds 2022 will be divided into phases with the following 4 locations:
- Play-Ins at the Arena Esports Stadium in Artz Pedregal (Mexico City) September 29 to October 4.
- Groups at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden (New York City) on October 7-10 and October 13-16.
- Quarterfinals at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden (New York City) on October 20-23.
- Semifinals at State Farm Arena (Atlanta, Georgia) on October 29-30.
- Finals at Chase Center (San Francisco, California) on November 5.
On September 29, the awards will kick off with a Play-Ins match in Mexico, while the group stage and quarter-finals will be held in New York City. The semifinals will be held in Atlanta and the finals will be played in California on November 5. Thus, Worlds 2022 will only take place in cities in Mexico and the US, in which the final will be held in San Francisco, promising to bring an explosive LOL World Championship.
Notably, the match was played at the Chase Center arena, which is the home ground of the Golden State Warriors basketball club. It is a new $1.4 billion stadium that is hailed as meeting the standards for a new generation of gymnasiums in the US, built on the trend of new stadiums. The capacity of Chase Center can be up to 18,000 seats.
This is the 12th time LOL World Championship is held. The cities that have hosted this tournament in the past are Jonkoping (Sweden), Los Angeles (USA), Seoul, Incheon (Korea), Berlin (Germany), Beijing, Shanghai (China), Paris (France) and Reykjavik (Iceland).
3. What is the Format and Prize of the LOL World Championship 2022?
The number of participating teams is almost unchanged from previous years. Of the 24 qualified teams to Worlds 2022, 12 will advance to the group stage, 12 will compete in the warm-up round.
However, this year there is no participation from the LCL region. Instead, the LEC will get one more spot at the LOL World Championship 2022 because they have had the best record in the global arena in the past two years. This is to bring their total number of participating teams to the same level as the LPL and LCK.
- 12 teams will be divided into 2 groups, playing a round-robin game.
- The 5th and 6th place teams of each group will be eliminated and the group winners will go directly to the group stage.
- The 3rd and 4th teams of each group will play a pair of Bo5 matches, the winning team will continue to play the second place team of the other group to win the remaining tickets to the group stage.
- Each group will play in a round-robin format of 2 points (each team will face other teams twice), matches will be determined by Bo1.
- The top two teams from each group will move on to the tournament’s championship round.
The bonus structure of the LOL World Championship 2022 is likely to remain the same. The total prize money of the tournament will be determined about 2,225,000 USD. However, that is only the initial reward, the champion of LOL World Championship 2022 will receive additional revenue from the sale of champion skins.
LOL World Championship 2022 can be viewed on multiple platforms. Most choose to watch through the official YouTube or Twitch sports accounts. But fans can also earn free rewards by logging into their Riot Account and watching on the official sports website.
LOL World Championship 2022 is one of the most popular tournaments in the world. The intense and fiery battles make viewers feel nervous and full of emotions. For gamers, this is a very meaningful playground, they watch tournaments to gain gaming experience and have the opportunity to find the gaming champion in the world. If you are a fan or a gamer, don’t miss watching these matches!