LoL Worlds 2018 | League of Legends World Championship

League of Legends Worlds 2018 LogoThe LoL World Championship is the most awaited event of the year. Last year, some changes were made to the format of both tournaments, which meant that instead of the annual Wildcard qualifier, the MSI and LoL World Championship are now divided into two stages, the Play-In Stage and the main event.

Riot has already published details about the international tournaments in 2018 and has confirmed, that the format will stay the same. It is also appropriate to go so far to predict that a South Korean team will once again win the World Championship title this year, and probably both participants of the LoL World Cup final will come from the LCK as well. Triple world champion SK Telecom T1 has a lot to make up for after the lost final at LoL Worlds 2017. The team, however, lost some of the top performers and, despite good performances by Faker, has big problems in the Korean league at the moment. It is also interesting to see whether the gap between western teams and those from China and South Korea has narrowed or widened further. The LCS first seed candidate Fnatic seems in top-form and and stands out between the other teams with its dynamic Roaster handling.

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League of Legends Icon LoL Worlds 2018 Facts (World Championship Season 8):

League of Legends Icon Format

There are 24 teams in the World Tournament, placement and qualifying is quite different according to the region:

14 places go to all summer split winners: from China (LPL), Europe (EU LCS), Korea (LCK), North America (NA LCS), Taiwan/Hong Kong/ Macau (LMS) and since 2018 also Vietnam (VCS) qualify directly for the group phase. While the split winners from Brazil (CBLOL), CIN (LCL), Oceania (OPL), Southeast Asia (SEA TOUR), Latin America North (LLN), Latin America Sur (CLS), Japan (LJL) and Turkey (TCL) qualify for the play in event and only a selection gets the ticket to the group phase.

  • 5 places will be awarded based on the Championship points: The points are given for performance and good table placement in the respective Spring and Summer Splits. So all independent regions also send another team to the Worlds: China (LPL), Korea (LCK), Europe (EU LCS), Taiwan/Hong Kong/ Macau (LMS), North America (NA LCS).
  • 5 places will be awarded for the Regional Finals Tournament: Here, the winner of the Regional of Korea (LCK) also qualifies directly for the group stage. The regional winners of China (LPL), Europe (EU LCS), Taiwan/Hong Kong/ Macau (LMS) and North America (NA LCS) must also qualify through the play-in event.

The actual tournament consists of Play-In Stage 1 and Play-In Stage 2, followed by the group stage and then the playoffs. In the Play-In Stage 1 all 12 teams are divided into four groups and they play against each other in the Double Round Robin format in Bo1. The top two in each group qualify for the Play-In Stage 2, where a random matching of the 8 teams takes place. Each match in Stage 2 will then be played in Bo5 – the winner qualifies direct for the group stage.

The group phase will then consist of 16 teams; 12 direct candidates from the independent regions and 4 teams that have made it trough the play-in stage 2. Also here there will be 4 groups and it will be played in Double Round Robin Bo1. Best 2 of each group will qualify for the Playoffs. Finally the playoffs take place – as always in a single elimination bracket and in Bo5 mode.

League of Legends Icon How can teams qualify

  • First seed goes to the winner's team of the Summer Split playoffs of the respective region.
  • Second seed goes to the team with the most Championship Points throughout the year 2018. These points will be distributed based on the placements in both splits.
  • Third seed goes to the team that wins the regional qualification tournament.

League of Legends Icon Worlds Championship Schedule

Worlds 2018 Championship Schedule
Play-In-Stage #1
Dates: 10/01/2018 – 10/04/2018
City: Seoul, South Korea
Live Stream Start: 10.00 CEST
Play-In-Stage #2
Dates: 10/06/2018 – 10/07/2018
City: Seoul, South Korea
Live Stream Start: TBA
Group Stage #1
Dates: 10/10/2018 – 10/17/2018
City: Busan, South Korea
Live Stream Start: TBA
Quarter-Finals
Dates: 10/20/2018 – 10/21/2018
City: Busan, South Korea
Live Stream Start: TBA
Semi-Finals
Dates: 10/27/2018 – 10/28/2018
City: Gwangju, South Korea
Live Stream Start: TBA
LoL World Championship Finals 2018
Date: 11/03/2018
City: Incheon, South Korea
Live Stream Start: TBA

Groupstage – Standings | LoL Worlds 2018

Group A
1. Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs 4-2
1. G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports 3-3
3.  Flash Wolves 3-3
3. Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhon Vü Buffalo 2-4
Group B
1. Royal Never Give Up League of Legends LoL Team Logo Royal Never Give Up 5-2
2. Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo Cloud9 4-2
2. Team Vitality League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Vitality 3-3
2. Gen.G League of Legends LoL Team Logo Gen.G 1-5
Group C
1. KT Rolster League of Legends LoL Team Logo KT Rolster 5-1
1. EDward Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo EDward Gaming 4-2
2. Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Liquid 3-3
2. MAD Team League of Legends LoL Team Logo MAD Team 0-6
Group D
1. Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo Fnatic 6-1
2. Invictus Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Invictus Gaming 5-2
2. 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo 100 Thieves 1-5
4.  G-Rex 0-6

League of Legends Icon Schedule and Results | Grand Final:

Grand Final #1: Invictus Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Invictus Gaming vs. Fnatic Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo   0 :
Start Time: November 3, 01:00 AM PDT  / 04:00 AM EDT / 10:00 CEST

-> Full Schedule and Results LoL Worlds 2018

League of Legends Icon LoL Betting and Odds for Worlds 2018

Already around February 20th the first betting markets for the World Championship have popped up. Bet365 and Pinnacle are the first eSports betting operators to offer odds for Worlds 2018, and this more than 7 months before the tournament. You can read more about the first betting odds for LoL Worlds 2018 here.

Start Times shown in: GMT or GMT +1 during Summer Time
Betting Odds presented by bet365. The listed odds are intended as a guide only and are subject to change. Please check current LoL odds on the bet365 website before placing any bets. Read more about esports betting at Bet365

Qualified Teams

24 Teams qualified for the LoL Worlds and Riot announced that every Team that qualified, regardless of the achievement in the tournament itself receive 12,5% of Championship skins+wards revenues (more to read in chapter prize money). The qualification itself is a big individual achievement for the team! For more detailled information and overall season performance about the qualified teams we provide an exclusive article about all Teams and Players World Championship.

NA LCS | North America (3 Teams)

  • Team Liquid League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Liquid – Winner NA LCS Summer Playoffs 2018
  • 100 Thieves League of Legends LoL Team Logo 100 Thieves – Most Championship Points
  • Cloud9 League of Legends LoL Team Logo Cloud9 – Winner NA Regional Qualifiers 2018

EU LCS | Europe (3 Teams)

  • Fnatic League of Legends LoL Team Logo Fnatic – Winner EU LCS Summer Playoffs 2018
  • Team Vitality League of Legends LoL Team Logo Team Vitality – Most Championship Points
  • G2 Esports League of Legends LoL Team Logo G2 Esports – Winner EU Regional Qualifiers 2018

LCK | South Korea (3 Teams)

  • KT Rolster League of Legends LoL Team Logo kt Rolster – Winner LCK Summer Playoffs 2018
  • Afreeca Freecs League of Legends LoL Team Logo Afreeca Freecs – Most Championship Points
  • Gen.G League of Legends LoL Team Logo Gen.G – Winner LCK Regional Qualifiers 2018

LPL | China  (3 Teams)

  • Royal Never Give Up League of Legends LoL Team Logo Royal Never Give Up – Winner LPL Summer Playoffs 2018
  • Invictus Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Invitus Gaming – Most Championship Points
  • EDward Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo EDward Gaming – Winner LPL Regional Qualifiers 2018

LMS | Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao (3 Teams)

  •  Flash Wolves – Winner LMS Summer Playoffs 2018
  • MAD Team League of Legends LoL Team Logo MAD Team – Most Championship Points
  •  G-Rex – Winner LMS Regional Qualifiers 2018

VCS | Vietnam (1 Teams)

  •   Phong Vü Buffalo League of Legends LoL Team LogoPhon Vü Buffalo – VCS Summer Champion 2018

Play-In Teams (8 teams)

  • Kabum eSports League of Legends LoL Team Logo KaBum! e-Sports – CBLOL Winter Champion 2018
  • Gambit eSports League of Legends LoL Team Logo Gambit Esports – LCL Summer Champion 2018
  • Dire Wolves League of Legends LoL Team Logo Dire Wolves – OPL Split 2 Champion 2018
  • Infinity eSports League of Legends LoL Team Logo Infinity Esports – LLN Closing Champion 2018
  • Kaos Latin Gamers League of Legends LoL Team Logo Kaos Latin Gamers – CLS Closing Champion 2018
  • Detonation FocusMe League of Legends LoL Team Logo DetonatioN FocusMe – LJL Summer Champion 2018
  • SuperMassive eSports League of Legends LoL Team Logo Super Massive eSports – TCL Summer Champion 2018
  • Ascension Gaming League of Legends LoL Team Logo Ascension Gaming – Globe Conquerors Manila Champion 2018

 Prize Money

In addition to the honor of being the world champion, there is also a lot of money to win for the participating teams. The initial prize pool of the tournament is already released with a humble amount of $2,225,000 USD. Though 12,5% of all revenue from the Championship skins (Kha'Zix and Wards) will added to the prize pool. Previous year the total prize pool were added by 25% of all skins revenues, but Riot honorably decided to split it and distribute 12,5% equally to all qualified teams for the World Championship, because the Qualification itself is a huge achievement. 

In the previous year, the prize pool reached a total of $4,596,591 and thus did not exceed the $5 million mark, as opposed to 2016, when prize money of $5,070 million was distributed.

League of Legends World Championship 2018 Livestreams

All matches of Season’s 8 World Championship will be streamed live in various languages and on several platforms. You can watch every game of the event for free! You will be provided with information regarding casters, analysts and hosts of Worlds 2018 as well as a complete streaming schedule with starting times and results as soon as they are announced. The link to the official Twitch.tv stream of Riot Games will also be found here.

Main Live Stream by Riot Games (Twitch.tv)

 

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