2017 League of Legends World Championship
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|Dates||September 23–November 4|
|12 team double round-robin Play-in Stage |
16 team double round-robin Group Stage
8 team single-elimination bracket
|Champion|| Samsung Galaxy|
(2nd title, 1st title after Galaxy White)
|Runner-up||SK Telecom T1|
|MVP||Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk (Samsung Galaxy)|
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 4, 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.
Samsung Galaxy secured their second championship win after defeating the three-time world champion SK Telecom T1, 3-0 in a best of five final series. They previously won the 2014 League of Legends World Championship. Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk, the AD carry of Samsung, was named the MVP of the tournament for his outstanding performances.
Against the Current and Jay Chou collaborated with Riot Games to produce two exclusive songs titled "Legends Never Die" and "Heroes" respectively for the tournament, while Alan Walker also produced his own remix of "Legends Never Die".
The 2017 Worlds has been widely praised for its ceremonial performances, while receiving attention worldwide due to the high quality of the tournament, its multiple dramatic and emotional series, and SK Telecom T1's tributary moments. The finals gained a solid following of 60 million unique viewers, breaking 2016's viewer record. A donation of US$2 million was also raised through the sales of Worlds 2017 Championship Ashe skin, reaching out to different charities and receiving commendations.
Teams and qualifications
Based on the results of MSI and the World Championship in the previous two years, all teams from South Korea (LCK) were seeded directly into the group stage and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau (LMS) received an extra seed. With the ranking of the 2017 Mid Season Invitational, Southeast Asia (GPL) received a group stage seed for the summer champion team and one more slot in the play-in stage for the summer runner-up team, and the North American (NA LCS) summer split champion team was seeded to Pool 2 due to not qualifying for the top 4 at the MSI.
|China||LPL||Summer Champion||Group stage||1||Edward Gaming||EDG|
|Championship Points||2||Royal Never Give Up||RNG|
|Regional Finals||Play-in stage||3||Team WE||WE|
|Europe||EU LCS||Summer Champion||Group stage||1||G2 Esports||G2|
|Championship Points||2||Misfits Gaming||MSF|
|Regional Finals||Play-in stage||3||Fnatic||FNC|
|North America||NA LCS||Summer Champion||Group stage||2||Team SoloMid||TSM|
|Regional Finals||Play-in stage||3||Cloud9||C9|
|South Korea||LCK||Summer Champion||Group stage||1||Longzhu Gaming||LZ|
|Championship Points||2||SK Telecom T1||SKT|
|Regional Finals||Samsung Galaxy||SSG|
|LMS||Summer Champion||Group stage||1||Flash Wolves||FW|
|Championship Points||2||ahq e-Sports Club||AHQ|
|Regional Finals||Play-in stage||3||Hong Kong Attitude||HKA|
|VCS►GPL||Summer Champion||Group stage||2||GIGABYTE Marines||GAM|
|Summer Runner-up||Play-in stage||4||Young Generation||YG|
|Brazil||CBLOL||Summer Champion||Team oNe Esports||ONE|
|Turkey||TCL||1907 Fenerbahçe eSports||FB|
|Latin America North||LLN||Lyon Gaming||LYN|
|Latin America South||CLS||Kaos Latin Gamers||KLG|
|Wuhan, Hubei||Guangzhou, Guangdong|
|Play-in Stage & Main Group Stage||Quarterfinals|
|Wuhan Gymnasium||Guangzhou Gymnasium|
|Capacity: 7,000||Capacity: 10,000|
|Sep 23 – Oct 15||Oct 19 – Oct 22|
|Shanghai Oriental Sports Center||Beijing National Stadium|
|Capacity: 18,200||Capacity: 91,000|
|Oct 28 – Oct 29||Nov 4|
|2||Team oNe Esports||0–2||—||2–1||2||3||–1|
|3||Kaos Latin Gamers||0–2||1–1||—||1||3||–2|
|1||1907 Fenerbahçe eSports||—||2–1||2–0||4||1||3|
|2||Hong Kong Attitude||1–2||—||2–0||3||2||1|
|1||SK Telecom T1||—||2−0||1−1||2−0||5||1||4|
|3||ahq e-Sports Club||1−1||0−2||—||1−1||2||4||−2|
|1||Royal Never Give Up||—||2−0||1−1||2−0||5||1||4|
|4||1907 Fenerbahçe eSports||0−2||0−2||0−2||—||0||6||–6|
|1st||South Korea||LCK||Samsung Galaxy||$1,723,721|
|2nd||South Korea||LCK||SK Telecom T1||$620,539|
|3rd–4th||China||LPL||Royal Never Give Up||$321,761|
|5–8th||South Korea||LCK||Longzhu Gaming||$183,863|
|Europe||EU LCS||Misfits Gaming|
|North America||NA LCS||Cloud9|
|9–11th||North America||NA LCS||Team SoloMid||$103,423|
|Europe||EU LCS||G2 Esports|
|TW/HK/MO||LMS||ahq e-Sports Club|
|Turkey||TCL||1907 Fenerbahçe eSports|
|17–20th||Latin America North||LLN||Lyon Gaming||$34,474|
|TW/HK/MO||LMS||Hong Kong Attitude|
|Brazil||CBLOL||Team oNe Esports|
|Latin America South||CLS||Kaos Latin Gamers|
League of Legends Live
League of Legends Live was held on the eve of the finals, November 3, in Beijing National Aquatics Center (or known as the Water Cube) to commemorate the tournament, featuring international artists and League of Legends community musicians. It featured performances of a wide variety of music from League of Legends, including Get Jinxed, hits from Pentakill, DJ Sona, Warsongs, Star Guardian, The Curse Of The Sad Mummy, medleys of a wide variety of Worlds and Champion themes, DJ and music producer Alan Walker, and many other tracks over the course of the 90-minute show.
Reception of performances
During the opening ceremony of the finals, dancers were decked out in different masks, unified as the ground around them exploded with visual effects and colors. It was followed by Jay Chou's Worlds 2017 remix Hero performance, and a live version of Legends Never Die by Against the Current, with Chou playing the piano behind. An augmented reality dragon (modeled after the in-game Elder Drake) also flew and soared around the arena halfway through the performance, with a giant Summoner's Cup rising from the grounds of the stadium at the same time, catching the stadium's audience and global fans by surprise. The closing ceremony featured Alan Walker performing his own remix of Legends Never Die, with Chrissy Costanza on the vocals. The overall performances of the ceremony received widespread praises.
League of Legends fans raised over US$2 million for three different charities (BasicNeeds, Learning Equality and the Raspberry Pi Foundation) with the sales of the "Worlds 2017 Championship Ashe" skin.
The loss of SK Telecom T1 in a 0-3 defeat, as well as Faker's emotional moment resulted in one of the greatest upsets in League of Legends' history, and have noticeably caught the attention of League of Legends' fans throughout the world, with many support and tributes given to the team and Faker for their success.
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