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League of Legends World Championship
LOL Worlds logo.svg
GameLeague of Legends
Founded2011; 10 years ago (2011)
FounderRiot Games
No. of teams(2011), 12 (2012), 14 (2013), 16 (2014–2016), 24 (2017–2019), 22 (2020)[a]
Venue(s)Rotating locations
Most recent
champion(s)
Damwon Gaming (1st title)
Most titles T1 (3 titles)
QualificationRegional leagues (list)
Related
competitions
Mid-Season Invitational
Tournament formatRound-robin groups
Single elimination
Official websitelolesports.com Edit this at Wikidata

The League of Legends World Championship (commonly abbreviated as Worlds) is the annual professional League of Legends world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games and is the culmination of each season. Teams compete for the champion title, the 70-pound (32-kilogram) Summoner's Cup, and a multi-million-dollar championship prize. In 2018, the final was watched by 99.6 million people, breaking 2017's final's viewer record.[1] The tournament has been praised for its ceremonial performances,[2][3] while receiving attention worldwide due to its dramatic and emotional nature.[4][5][6]

The League of Legends World Championships has gained tremendous success and popularity, making it among the world's most prestigious and watched tournaments, as well as the most watched video game in the world. Due to its success, esports scenes became prominent and widely seen as a potential Olympics event, already being included as a medal event in 2022 Asian Games.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

The tournament rotates its venues across different major countries and regions each year. South Korea's T1 is the most successful team in the tournament's history, having won three world championships.[13]

Trophy[edit]

Riot Games, which owns League of Legends, commissioned the winner's trophy known as the Summoner's Cup. Riot specified that it should weigh 70 pounds, though the actual weight of the finished cup was reduced so it would not be too heavy to lift in victory. Thomas Lyte, having already created the Season Two World Championship Cup in 2012, crafted the winners' trophy for the 2014 games.[14]

Overview[edit]

Results[edit]

Year Final location Final 3rd–4th
Champion Score Runner-up
2011 Sweden Jönköping Fnatic 2 1 Europe against All authority United States Team SoloMid (3rd) United States Epik Gamer (4th)
2012 United States Los Angeles Taipei Assassins 3 1 Azubu Frost CLG Europe Moscow Five
2013 United States Los Angeles SK Telecom T1 3 0 Royal Club Fnatic NaJin Black Sword
2014 South Korea Seoul Samsung White 3 1 Star Horn Royal Club OMG Samsung Blue
2015 Germany Berlin SK Telecom T1 3 1 KOO Tigers Fnatic Origen
2016 United States Los Angeles SK Telecom T1 3 2 Samsung Galaxy H2k-Gaming ROX Tigers
2017 China Beijing Samsung Galaxy 3 0 SK Telecom T1 Royal Never Give Up Team WE
2018 South Korea Incheon Invictus Gaming 3 0 Fnatic Cloud9 G2 Esports
2019 France Paris FunPlus Phoenix 3 0 G2 Esports Invictus Gaming SK Telecom T1
2020 China Shanghai South Korea Damwon Gaming 3 1 Suning G2 Esports China Top Esports
2021 China Shenzhen TBD TBD TBD TBD
2022 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Regions which have reached the top four[edit]

(*): The region had two teams that finished in 3rd–4th place that year.

Region Titles Runner-up 3rd–4th
South Korea South Korea (LCK) 6 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020) 4 (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017) 4 (2013, 2014, 2016, 2019)
China China (LPL) 2 (2018, 2019) 3 (2013, 2014, 2020) 5 (2014, 2017*, 2019, 2020)
Europe Europe (LEC) 1 (2011) 3 (2011, 2018, 2019) 8 (2012*, 2013, 2015*, 2016, 2018, 2020)
TaiwanHong KongMacauAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations TW/HK/MO/SEA (PCS)[b] 1 (2012)
United StatesCanada North America (LCS) 3 (2011*, 2018)

Teams which have reached the top four[edit]

  *   Background shading indicates a team/organization has been disbanded, acquired or no longer participates in the regional league.

Team Titles Runner-up 3rd–4th
South Korea T1[c] 3 (2013, 2015, 2016) 1 (2017) 1 (2019)
South Korea Gen.G[d] 2 (2014, 2017) 1 (2016) 1 (2014)
Europe Fnatic 1 (2011) 1 (2018) 2 (2013, 2015)
China Invictus Gaming 1 (2018) 1 (2019)
Taiwan J Team[e] 1 (2012)
China FunPlus Phoenix 1 (2019)
South Korea DWG KIA[f] 1 (2020)
China Royal Never Give Up[g] 2 (2013, 2014) 1 (2017)
Europe G2 Esports 1 (2019) 2 (2018, 2020)
South Korea Hanwha Life Esports[h] 1 (2015) 1 (2016)
Europe against All authority 1 (2011)
South Korea CJ Entus 1 (2012)
China Suning 1 (2020)
United States Epik Gamer 1 (2011)
United States Team SoloMid 1 (2011)
Europe CLG Europe 1 (2012)
Russia Moscow Five 1 (2012)
South Korea Fredit Brion[i] 1 (2013)
China Oh My God 1 (2014)
Europe Astralis[j] 1 (2015)
Europe H2k-Gaming 1 (2016)
China Team WE 1 (2017)
United States Cloud9 1 (2018)
China Top Esports 1 (2020)

Players who have reached the top four[edit]

Players who have reached the top four three times or more by playing at least one game at the tournament.

Player Titles Runner-up 3rd–4th
South Korea Faker 3 (2013, 2015, 2016) 1 (2017) 1 (2019)
South Korea Bengi 3 (2013, 2015, 2016)
South Korea Bang 2 (2015, 2016) 1 (2017)
South Korea Wolf 2 (2015, 2016) 1 (2017)
Spain xPeke 1 (2011) 2 (2013, 2015)
China JackeyLove 1 (2018) 2 (2019, 2020)
France sOAZ 2 (2011, 2018) 2 (2013, 2015)
China Uzi 2 (2013, 2014) 1 (2017)
Denmark Caps 2 (2018, 2019) 1 (2020)
Poland Jankos 1 (2019) 3 (2016, 2018, 2020)
France YellOwStaR 1 (2011) 2 (2013, 2015)
South Korea PraY 1 (2015) 2 (2013, 2016)
Croatia Perkz 1 (2019) 2 (2018, 2020)
Denmark Wunder 1 (2019) 2 (2018, 2020)

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

The Season 1 Championship[15] was held in June 2011 at Dreamhack Summer 2011, and featured a US$100,000 tournament prize pool.[16] 8 teams from Europe, North America, Southeast Asia[k] participated in the championship.[17] Over 1.6 million viewers watched the streaming broadcast of the event, with a peak of over 210,069 simultaneous viewers in the final.[18] Maciej "Shushei" Ratuszniak of the winning team Fnatic was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the tournament.[19]

Top Four[edit]

Place Team Players[20] Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st Fnatic Spain xPeke
(Enrique Cedeño Martinez)
Finland CyanideFI
(Lauri Happonen)
Poland Shushei
(Maciej Ratuszniak)
Germany LaMiaZeaLoT
(Manuel Mildenberger)
Germany Mellisan
(Peter Meisrimel)
$50,000
2nd against All authority France sOAZ
(Paul Boyer)
France Linak
(Damien Lorthios)
Germany MoMa
(Maik Wallus)
France YellOwStaR
(Bora Kim)
France Kujaa
(Jérôme Negretti)
$25,000
3rd–4th Team SoloMid United States TheRainMan
(Christian Kahmann)
Canada TheOddOne
(Brian Wyllie)
United States Reginald
(Andy Dinh)
Canada Chaox
(Shan Huang)
United States Xpecial
(Alex Chu)
$10,000
4th United States Epik Gamer United States Westrice
(Jonathan Nguyen)
United States Dan Dinh
(Daniel Dinh)
United States Salce
(Trevor Salce)
United States Dyrus
(Marcus Hill)
United States Doublelift
(Yiliang Peng)
$7,000

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

A group picture of the Taipei Assassins, the champions of season 2.

After Season 1, Riot announced that US$5,000,000 would be paid out over Season 2. Of this $5 million, $2 million went to Riot's partners including the IGN Pro League and other major esports associations. Another $2 million went to Riot's Season 2 qualifiers and championship. The final $1 million went to other organizers who applied to Riot to host independent League of Legends tournaments.[21]

The Season 2 World Championship was held in early October 2012 in Los Angeles, California to conclude the US$5 million season. Twelve qualifying teams from around the world participated in the championship, which boasted the largest prize pool in the history of esports tournaments at the time at US$2 million, with US$1 million going to the champions. The group stage, quarterfinal, and semifinal matches took place between 4 and 6 October. The grand final took place a week after, on 13 October in the University of Southern California's Galen Center in front of 10,000 fans, and were broadcast in 13 different languages.[22] In the grand final, Taiwan's professional team Taipei Assassins triumphed over South Korea's Azubu Frost 3 to 1 and claimed the US$1 million in prize money.[23]

Over 8 million viewers tuned in to the Season 2 World Championship broadcast, with a maximum of 1.1 million concurrent viewers during the grand final, making the Season 2 World Championship the most watched esports event in history at the time.[24]

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players[25] Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st Taipei Assassins Taiwan Stanley
(Wang June-tsan)
Taiwan Lilballz
(Alex Sung Kuan-po)
Hong Kong Toyz
(Kurtis Lau Wai Kin)
Taiwan bebe
(Cheng Bo-wei)
Taiwan MiSTakE
(Chen Hui-chung)
$1,000,000
2nd Azubu Frost South Korea Shy
(Park Sang-myeon)
South Korea CloudTemplar
(Lee Hyun-woo)
South Korea RapidStar
(Jung Min-sung)
South Korea Woong
(Jang Gun-woong)
South Korea MadLife
(Hong Min-gi)
$250,000
3rd–4th CLG Europe Denmark Wickd
(Mike Petersen)
United Kingdom Snoopeh
(Stephen Ellis)
Denmark Froggen
(Henrik Hansen)
Germany yellowpete
(Peter Wüppen)
Belgium Krepo
(Mitch Voorspoels)
$150,000
Moscow Five Russia Darien
(Evgeny Mazaev)
Russia Diamondprox
(Danil Reshetnikov)
Russia Alex Ich
(Alexey Ichetovkin)
Russia Genja
(Evgeny Andryushin)
Armenia GoSu Pepper
(Edward Abgaryan)

Season 3 (2013)[edit]

A group picture of SK Telecom T1, the champions of season 3.

The Season 3 World Championship was held in late 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 14 teams from North America, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and one of the emerging League of Legends territories measured up at the World Playoffs after having qualified through their regional competitions.[26] The grand final was held in the Staples Center on 4 October 2013, where Korean team SK Telecom T1 defeated the Chinese team Royal Club,[27] granting them the title of the Season 3 world champions, the Summoner's Cup and the $1 million prize.

The Season 3 World Championship grand final broadcast on 4 October was watched by 32 million people with a peak concurrent viewership of 8.5 million.[28] The numbers once again beat the previous records for esports viewership.

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players[29] Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st SK Telecom T1 South Korea Impact
(Jung Eon-yeong)
South Korea Bengi
(Bae Seong-woong)
South Korea Faker
(Lee Sang-hyeok)
South Korea Piglet
(Chae Gwang-jin)
South Korea PoohManDu
(Lee Jeong-hyeon)
$1,000,000
2nd Royal Club China GoDlike
(Xiao Wang)
China Lucky
(Liu Junjie)
Hong Kong Wh1t3zZ
(Lo Pun Wai)
China Uzi
(Jian Zihao)
Hong Kong Tabe
(Wong Pak Kan)
$250,000
3rd–4th Fnatic France sOAZ
(Paul Boyer)
Finland Cyanide
(Lauri Happonen)
Spain xPeke
(Enrique Cedeño
Martinez)
Estonia puszu
(Johannes Uibos)
France YellOwStaR
(Bora Kim)
$150,000
NaJin Black Sword South Korea Expession
(Gu Bon-taek)
South Korea watch
(Cho Jae-geol)
South Korea Nagne
(Kim Sang-moon)
South Korea PraY
(Kim Jong-in)
South Korea Cain
(Jang Nu-ri)

Season 2014[edit]

The 2014 World Championship featured 16 teams competing for a $2.13 million prize pool, with 14 teams qualifying from the primary League of Legends regions (China, Europe, North America, Korea and Taiwan/SEA) and two international wildcard teams.

The group stage began 18 September in Taipei and concluded 28 September in Singapore with eight teams advancing to the bracket stage.[30] The bracket stage started on 3 October in Busan, South Korea, and concluded on 19 October with the grand final hosted at the 45,000-seats Seoul World Cup Stadium,[31][32] where South Korean team Samsung Galaxy White beat the Chinese team Star Horn Royal Club to become the 2014 League of Legends world champions.[33][34][35]

American band Imagine Dragons contributed the theme song "Warriors" for the tournament,[36] and performed live on the grand final stage in South Korea.[37] All games were made available for free via live streaming.[38]

The 2014 World Championship games were streamed live by 40 broadcast partners, and cast in 19 languages. The grand final was watched by 27 million people, with concurrent viewership peaking at over 11 million viewers.[39][40]

Top four[edit]

The name and player ID in bold letters refer to the player who received the final MVP award. This is same in the tournaments below.

Place Team Players[33][34][35] Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st Samsung White South Korea Looper
(Jang Hyeong-seok)
South Korea DanDy
(Choi In-kyu)
South Korea PawN
(Heo Won-seok)
South Korea imp
(Gu Seung-bin)
South Korea Mata
(Cho Se-hyeong)
$1,000,000
2nd Star Horn Royal Club China Cola
(Jiang Nan)
South Korea inSec
(Choi In-seok)
China corn
(Lei Wen)
China Uzi
(Jian Zihao)
South Korea Zero
(Yoon Kyeong-seop)
$250,000
3rd–4th OMG China Gogoing
(Gao Diping)
China LoveLing
(Yin Le)
China cool
(Yu Jiajun)
China san
(Guo Junliang)
China Cloud
(Hu Zhenwei)
$150,000
Samsung Blue South Korea Acorn
(Choi Cheon-ju)
South Korea Spirit
(Lee Da-yoon)
South Korea dade
(Bae Eo-jin)
South Korea Deft
(Kim Hyeok-kyu)
South Korea Heart
(Lee Gwan-hyeong)

Season 2015[edit]

After the 2014 season, Riot Games introduced a number of changes to competitive League of Legends. The number of teams in the League Championship Series was increased from 8 to 10 in both the North America and Europe regions.[41] A second Riot Games official international tournament was announced, the Mid-Season Invitational, which took place in May 2015, and featured a single team from each major region and one international wildcard.[42] Additionally, starting from 2015, all teams are required to field a head coach in their competitive matches, who will stay on stage and speak with the team via voice-chat in the pick–ban phase of the game. This change makes the head coach an officially recognized member of the team.[43]

The 2015 World Championship concluded the 2015 season, and was held at several venues across Europe in October 2015. Like the 2014 World Championship, the 2015 World Championship was a multi-city, multi-country event.[44]

2015 Worlds was won by SK Telecom T1, their second title, as they won the 2013 Worlds too. SKT top laner Jang "MaRin" Gyeong-Hwan was named the tournament most valuable player (MVP).

The final was watched by 36 million people, with a peak concurrent viewership of 14 million viewers.[45]

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players[46] Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st SK Telecom T1 South Korea MaRin
(Jang Gyeong-hwan)
South Korea Bengi
(Bae Seong-woong)
South Korea Faker
(Lee Sang-hyeok)
South Korea Bang
(Bae Jun-sik)
South Korea Wolf
(Lee Jae-wan)
$1,000,000
South Korea Easyhoon
(Lee Ji-hoon)
2nd KOO Tigers South Korea Smeb
(Song Kyeong-ho)
South Korea Hojin
(Lee Ho-jin)
South Korea Kuro
(Lee Seo-haeng)
South Korea PraY
(Kim Jong-in)
South Korea GorillA
(Kang Beom-hyeon)
$250,000
3rd–4th Fnatic South Korea Huni
(Heo Seung-hoon)
South Korea Reignover
(Kim Eui-jin)
Netherlands Febiven
(Fabian Diepstraten)
Sweden Rekkles
(Martin Larsson)
France YellOwStaR
(Bora Kim)
$150,000
Origen France sOAZ
(Paul Boyer)
Germany Amazing
(Maurice Stückenschneider)
Spain xPeke
(Enrique Cedeño
Martinez)
Denmark Niels
(Jesper Svenningsen)
Spain Mithy
(Alfonso Aguirre
Rodriguez)

Season 2016[edit]

The Staples Center in Los Angeles as used for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship final

The various stages of the 2016 Worlds were held throughout the United States in Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, and the final in Los Angeles.

The groups of teams were decided through a live group draw show on 10 September. The games were played on the 6.18 patch of the game with Yorick disabled, and Aurelion Sol disabled for days 1–3. There were 16 teams and 4 groups that consisted of 4 teams. The group stage was Bo1 and the top two teams from each groups would advance to the Knockout Stage. The Knockout Stage was Bo5 and the #1 vs #2 teams from each group would face each other in the bracket. The total prize pool was US$6,700,000 and it was spread among the teams. The first place (SK Telecom T1) took $2,680,000, the second team (Samsung Galaxy) took $1,005,000, the third place (ROX Tigers) took $502,500. The rest of the prize pool was distributed among the 5th–16th places.[47]

SKT won 3–2 versus Samsung Galaxy in the 2016 World Championship final, with Faker winning the MVP award.

The final was watched by 43 million people, with a peak concurrent viewership of 14.7 million viewers, breaking 2015's final's viewer records.

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players[48] Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st SK Telecom T1 South Korea Duke
(Lee Ho-seong)
South Korea Bengi
(Bae Seong-woong)
South Korea Faker
(Lee Sang-hyeok)
South Korea Bang
(Bae Jun-sik)
South Korea Wolf
(Lee Jae-wan)
$2,680,000
South Korea Blank
(Kang Seon-gu)
2nd Samsung Galaxy South Korea CuVee
(Lee Seong-jin)
South Korea Ambition
(Kang Chan-yong)
South Korea Crown
(Lee Min-ho)
South Korea Ruler
(Park Jae-hyeok)
South Korea CoreJJ
(Jo Yong-in)
$1,005,000
South Korea Wraith
(Kwon Ji-min)
3rd–4th H2k-Gaming Romania Odoamne
(Andrei Pascu)
Poland Jankos
(Marcin Jankowski)
South Korea Ryu
(Yoo Sang-wook)
Greece FORG1VEN
(Konstantinos-Napoleon
Tzortziou)
Poland Vander
(Oskar Bogdan)
$502,500
ROX Tigers South Korea Smeb
(Song Kyeong-ho)
South Korea Peanut
(Han Wang-ho)
South Korea Kuro
(Lee Seo-haeng)
South Korea PraY
(Kim Jong-in)
South Korea GorillA
(Kang Beom-hyeon)

Season 2017[edit]

The 2017 World Championship series started in September 2017, and concluded in November 2017. It was held in 4 different locations throughout China: Wuhan (play-in and groups), Guangzhou (quarterfinals), Shanghai (semifinals), and Beijing (final).[49] It was played on patch 7.18, with the newest champion Ornn being disabled. Patch 7.18 is slightly older than patches 7.19 and 7.20, which are the new standard for online matches during the September - November period. The most notable difference being the stronger Ardent Censer support meta with patch 7.18.

A total of 24 teams participated in the tournament: 3 teams from South Korea, China, North America, Europe and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau; 1 team from Brazil, Latin America North, Latin America South, Japan, Oceania, Turkey, Southeast Asia and CIS/Russia; and 1 team from the Wildcard region with the highest rank finish at the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational (GPL in Southeast Asia, due to Gigabyte Marines from Vietnam prevailing there, and Vietnam received 1 more slot for VCS's second seed to participate GPL 2017 summer split).

Samsung Galaxy reversed the previous year's result and defeated SK Telecom T1 3–0 in the 2017 World Championship final. Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk, the AD carry of Samsung, was named MVP.

The final was watched by 60 million people, breaking 2016's final's viewer records. The tournament is widely praised for its high quality of plays and amazing ceremonial performances, while receiving worldwide attention for its dramatic and emotional series. It is currently the most watched tournament in League of Legends' history, and is lauded as one of the best.[1][2][3][4][5][6][50][51]

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st Samsung Galaxy South Korea CuVee
(Lee Seong-jin)
South Korea Ambition
(Kang Chan-yong)
South Korea Crown
(Lee Min-ho)
South Korea Ruler
(Park Jae-hyeok)
South Korea CoreJJ
(Jo Yong-in)
$1,540,000
South Korea Haru
(Kang Min-seung
2nd SK Telecom T1 South Korea Huni
(Heo Seung-hoon)
South Korea Peanut
(Han Wang-ho)
South Korea Faker
(Lee Sang-hyeok)
South Korea Bang
(Bae Jun-sik)
South Korea Wolf
(Lee Jae-wan)
$554,000
South Korea Blank
(Kang Seon-gu)
3rd–4th Royal Never Give Up China Letme
(Yan Junze)
China Mlxg
(Liu Shiyu)
China Xiaohu
(Li Yuanhao)
China Uzi
(Jian Zihao)
China Ming
(Shi Senming)
$287,000
Team WE China 957
(Ke Changyu)
China Condi
(Xiang Renjie)
China Xiye
(Su Hanwei)
South Korea Mystic
(Jin Seong-joon)
South Korea Ben
(Nam Dong-hyeon)
South Korea Zero
(Yoon Kyeong-seop)

Season 2018[edit]

The 2018 World Championship was held from 1 October to 3 November 2018, in 4 cities across South Korea: Seoul (play-in), Busan (groups & quarterfinals), Gwangju (semifinals), and Incheon (final).[52] 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.[53]

The 2018 World Championship was played on Patch 8.19. Notably, champions Aatrox, Alistar and Urgot were extremely prevalent in the tournament, with the three characters being picked or banned in over 90 precent of the 78 games played.[54] The World Championship final was played between Invictus Gaming and Fnatic. Invictus Gaming won 3–0 against Fnatic, granting China and the LPL their first World Championship. Gao "Ning" Zhenning was named the MVP of the series in their victory.

The final was watched by 99.6 million unique viewers, with concurrent viewership reaching a peak of 44 million viewers, breaking 2017's final's viewership record.[55]

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st China Invictus Gaming South Korea TheShy
(Kang Seung-rok)
China Ning
(Gao Zhenning)
South Korea Rookie
(Song Eui-jin)
China JackeyLove
(Yu Wenbo)
China Baolan
(Wang Liuyi)
$2,418,750
South Korea Duke
(Lee Ho-seong)
2nd Europe Fnatic Belgium Bwipo
(Gabriël Rau)
Denmark Broxah
(Mads Brock-Pedersen)
Denmark Caps
(Rasmus Winther)
Sweden Rekkles
(Martin Larsson)
Bulgaria Hylissang
(Zdravets Galabov)
$870,750
France sOAZ
(Paul Boyer)
3rd–4th Cloud9 Canada Licorice
(Eric Ritchie)
Denmark Svenskeren
(Dennis Johnsen)
Denmark Jensen
(Nicolaj Jensen)
United States Sneaky
(Zachary Scuderi)
United States Zeyzal
(Tristan Stidam)
$451,500
United States Blaber
(Robert Huang)
G2 Esports Denmark Wunder
(Martin Hansen)
Poland Jankos
(Marcin Jankowski)
Croatia Perkz
(Luka Perković)
Sweden Hjarnan
(Petter Freyschuss)
South Korea Wadid
(Kim Bae-in)

Season 2019[edit]

The 2019 World Championship was held between 2 October to 10 November 2019, in three countries and cities in Europe: Berlin (play-in & groups), Madrid (quarterfinals and semifinals), and Paris (final).[56] Twenty-four teams qualified to participate at the World Championship based on placement within their own regional leagues and previous regional results in international play.[57]

The 2019 World Championship was played on Patch 9.19 from start to finish.[58] The World Championship final was played on 10 November 2019 between LPL's FunPlus Phoenix and LEC's G2 Esports at AccorHotels Arena in Paris. FunPlus Phoenix won 3–0 against G2 Esports, granting China and the LPL back-to-back World Championships. Gao "Tian" Tianliang was named the MVP of the series in their victory.

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st China FunPlus Phoenix South Korea Gimgoon
(Kim Han-saem)
China Tian
(Gao Tianliang)
South Korea Doinb
(Kim Tae-sang)
China Lwx
(Lin Weixiang)
China Crisp
(Liu Qingsong)
$834,375
2nd G2 Esports Denmark Wunder
(Martin Hansen)
Poland Jankos
(Marcin Jankowski)
Denmark Caps
(Rasmus Winther)
Croatia Perkz
(Luka Perković)
Slovenia Mikyx
(Mihael Mehle)
$300,375
3rd–4th China Invictus Gaming South Korea TheShy
(Kang Seung-rok)
China Ning
(Gao Zhenning)
South Korea Rookie
(Song Eui-jin)
China JackeyLove
(Yu Wenbo)
China Baolan
(Wang Liuyi)
$155,750
China Leyan
(Lu Jue)
South Korea SK Telecom T1 South Korea Khan
(Kim Dong-ha)
South Korea Clid
(Kim Tae-min)
South Korea Faker
(Lee Sang-hyeok)
South Korea Teddy
(Park Jin-seong)
South Korea Effort
(Lee Sang-ho)
South Korea Mata
(Cho Se-hyeong)

Season 2020[edit]

The 2020 World Championship was held from 25 September to 31 October 2020 in Shanghai, China. 22 teams qualified to participate at the World Championship based on placement within their own regional leagues and previous regional results in international play.[59] As a result of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two teams that qualified from the Vietnam Championship Series were unable to attend the event.[60]

All games leading up to the final were hosted in the Shanghai Media Tech Studio with no fans in attendance. The final was hosted in the Pudong Football Stadium as the building's inaugural event, hosting a limited number of 6,312 fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[61] The final was played on 31 October 2020 between Suning, from China's League of Legends Pro League, and Damwon Gaming, from League of Legends Champions Korea, with Damwon Gaming winning the championship 3–1. During the second game, Sunning's top laner Chen "Bin" Zebin achieved the first "Pentakill" in the final of a World Championship.[62] Damwon Gaming's jungler, Kim "Canyon" Geon-bu, was named the MVP of the series.[63] Damwon's win ended the LPL's back-to-back streak of world championship victories.

Top four[edit]

Place Team Players Prize money
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1st Damwon Gaming South Korea Nuguri
(Jang Ha-gwon)
South Korea Canyon
(Kim Geon-bu)
South Korea ShowMaker
(Heo Su)
South Korea Ghost
(Jang Yong-jun)
South Korea BeryL
(Cho Geon-hee)
TBA
2nd China Suning China Bin
(Chen Zebin)
Vietnam SofM
(Lê Quang Duy)
China Angel
(Xiang Tao)
China huanfeng
(Tang Huanfeng)
Taiwan SwordArt
(Hu Shuo-Chieh)
TBA
3rd–4th G2 Esports Denmark Wunder
(Martin Hansen)
Poland Jankos
(Marcin Jankowski)
Denmark Caps
(Rasmus Winther)
Croatia Perkz
(Luka Perković)
Slovenia Mikyx
(Mihael Mehle)
TBA
China Top Esports China 369
(Bai Jiahao)
Taiwan Karsa
(Hung Hao-hsuan)
China knight
(Zhuo Ding)
China JackeyLove
(Yu Wenbo)
China yuyanjia
(Liang Jiayuan)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Teams from the Vietnam Championship Series were unable to compete due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  2. ^ In 2012, Taipei Assassins competed in the Garena Premier League, which included teams from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia, but the regional qualifiers for Worlds were split for each region.
  3. ^ Previously known as SK Telecom T1
  4. ^ Previously known as MVP Ozone, Samsung Galaxy Ozone, Samsung Galaxy Blue & White, Samsung Galaxy, and KSV Esports.
  5. ^ Previously known as Taipei Assassins
  6. ^ Previously known as Damwon Gaming
  7. ^ Royal Club was relegated to the LoL Secondary Pro League (LSPL) by Gamtee during the 2015 LPL Summer promotion tournament. Shortly afterwards, Gamtee was acquired by Royal Club and rebranded as Royal Never Give Up. Royal Club has since remained in China's secondary league, now known as the LoL Development League (LDL), as the organization's academy team.
  8. ^ Previously known as Huya Tigers, GE Tigers, KOO Tigers, and ROX Tigers. The team was rebranded as Hanwha Life Esports in 2018, but has yet to qualify for the World Championship under that name.
  9. ^ Najin Black Sword and Najin White Shield were merged into NaJin e-mFire in 2014. In 2016 the team was acquired by Kongdoo Monster, whose CK spot was then acquired by Brion Blade in 2018. No iteration of the team has qualified for the World Championship since 2013.
  10. ^ Previously known as Origen.
  11. ^ The qualifier was available only for Philippines and Singapore. Each country was given a spot.

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