The League of Legends World Championship is one of the biggest and prestigious esports events of the year. What is League of Legends Worlds? What teams go to Worlds? Who won Worlds 2018? How to bet on Worlds 2019. Learn more about Worlds in our guide to the League of Legends World Championship.
What is Worlds?
The League of Legends World Championship, also known as Worlds, is the pinnacle of the competitive League of Legends professional calendar.
It features the best LoL teams from regions like the North American LCS (League of Legends Championship Series), European LEC (League of Legends European Championship), Korean LCK (League of Legends Champions Korea) and more.
The teams compete for a share of $2,250,000 and an opportunity to be crowned the best League of Legends team in the World.
Read our League of Legends World Championship preview to find out which teams are set to challenge for the Summoners cup.
Worlds 2019 Song - Phoenix (ft. Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza)
Part of a yearly tradition for League of Legends World Championship, Riot Games creates a song to be the official theme of the tournament. This year it's called "Phoenix" featuring Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza.
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Where does Worlds take place?
The LoL World Championship takes place in various cities and countries around the world each year.
For Worlds 2018, South Korea was the host country. The Play-Ins were taking place in Seoul, Group Stage and Quarterfinals in Busan, the Semifinals in Gwangju, and the Finals in Incheon.
For Worlds 2019, Europe will be hosting the tournament with the Play-Ins and Group stage held in Berlin, Quarterfinals and Semifinals in Madrid and will culminate in the Finals in Paris.
League of Legends Worlds schedule
Worlds 2019 is a month-long tournament with the Play-ins beginning on October 2 and the Finals on November 1.
24 teams are invited to the World Championship following a regional playoffs tournament that determines seeding. The top seed from major regions are automatically given a bye into the Main Event Group stage while the rest of the teams have to compete in the Play-in to earn a spot.
The teams that are invited are typically the highest-performing teams during the Regular Season that have accumulated the most wins within their regional leagues to earn a spot at Worlds.
The tournament is played in a Double Round Robin best-of-one (Bo1) format and consists of four rounds in total: the Play-in Group stage, the Play-in Knockout bracket, Main event Group Stage, and Main Event Knockout. The Main Event Knockout will be played as a best-of-five set (Bo5) and will determine the World Champion.
Who won Worlds 2018?
The current reigning World Champions are Chinese LPL team Invictus Gaming (iG). The roster that won Worlds 2018 is:
During the Worlds 2018 Main event Group Stage, iG went 5-1 to progress into the Main Stage Knockout bracket. In the Bo5 Knockout bracket, the team lost two maps against regional rivals KT Rolster in the Quarter Finals, but subsequently went undefeated against Semi-Finalists G2 Esports and Finalists Fnatic to claim the World Champion title.
Invictus Gaming seek to defend their title at Worlds 2019 as challengers from the West rise to claim the title for their own. LEC squad G2 Esports are touted as the team likely to contend for the title as they enter the tournament as current Mid-Season Invitational champions. Team Liquid on the other hand, represent the strongest line-up ever from the LCS, and fans hope that 2019 will bring promising results for the North American region at Worlds 2019. For more information on who will win Worlds 2019, check out our League of Legends World Championship preview.
How to bet on the League of Legends World Championship
Betting on an Esports is easy, however, beginners might need a guide to navigate the various methods available to make a bet. We’ve prepared a handy guide for those looking to place a bet during Worlds 2019.
Pinnacle offers a number of markets for LoL enthusiasts to bet on during Worlds 2019. The most popular market for Esports bettors is Money Line, which is a bet on the winner of a match. Futures markets are also on offer if bettors want to bet on the region and team that will win Worlds 2019.
Don’t want to do lengthy research but still want to place a bet? Pinnacle offers in-play betting on live Worlds 2019 games, with markets on offer such as 1st Turret, Kill, Dragon, Baron and more!
If you’re an eagle eye bettor be sure to stay updated on our League of Legends – World Championship Odds page. Want to find out when these in-play markets go live or how to do live betting in League of Legends? We have a guide for that too!