Sep 8, 2020
Sep 8, 2020

League of Legends World Championship guide

What is the League of Legends World Championship?

What teams go to Worlds?

Who won Worlds 2019?

How to bet on Worlds 2020

League of Legends World Championship guide

The League of Legends World Championship is one of the biggest and prestigious esports events of the year. What is the League of Legends World Championship?  What teams go to Worlds? Who won Worlds 2019? How to bet on Worlds 2020. Learn more about Worlds in our guide to the League of Legends World Championship.

What is the League of Legends World Championship?

The League of Legends World Championship, also known as ‘Worlds’, is the pinnacle of the competitive League of Legends professional calendar.

The best teams in League of Legends esports compete over a multi-week period to determine who will lift the Summoners Cup and be crowned World Champions.

The teams in attendance represent various regions across the globe with the likes of the North American LCS, European LEC, Korean LCK and Chinese LPL amongst others competing at the international tournament.

The base prize pool for Worlds is approximately $2,250,000 in addition to a percentage of revenue from in-client sales of event related virtual items. The winning team is also granted the opportunity to work with Riot Games to design a champion skin that will be playable in-game.

Worlds 2020 starts September 25th, with the event concluding October 31st.

Where does Worlds 2020 take place?

This year’s League of Legends World Championship will take place in Shanghai, China. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, rather than hosting various stages of the tournament around the country in a road show format, the decision was made to host all stages in one location with the teams forming a bubble to minimise the risk of being exposed to or transmitting the virus.

The Finals for the League of Legends World Championship will be held at the Pudong Soccer Stadium in Shanghai, home to the Shanghai SIPG F.C.

As a result of the changes to the 2020 tournament, Riot Games have also decided to host the 2021 World Championship in China, implementing the intended road show and giving the country the opportunity to showcase themselves and the tournament to the fullest extent.

Which teams go to Worlds?

Usually, twenty four teams are invited to the World Championship following regional playoff tournaments that determine 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. For Worlds 2020, it was announced that the two teams from the League of Legends Vietnam Championship Series (VCS), will be unable to attend due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19. As a result, twenty two teams will be participating in this years’ Worlds.

The teams that are invited to Worlds are typically the highest-performing teams during the regular season and have accumulated the most wins within their regional leagues to earn a spot at Worlds.

With the exclusion of two teams in this years’ tournament, the initial Play-in stage of Worlds will be played in a Best-of-One (Bo1), Single Round Robin format in two groups of five teams each. The first-place teams will progress in the tournament into the Group stage while the last place teams will be eliminated from contention. The third and fourth place teams in a group will play a Best-of-Five (Bo5) match against each other with the winner moving forward to face the second place team in the opposite group in a Bo5 to determine who will progress to the Group stage, the losers in each of these instances will be eliminated from contention.

Who won Worlds 2019?

The current reigning League of Legends World Champions are Chinese LPL team FunPlus Phoenix (FPX). The roster that won Worlds 2019 is:

League of Legends Worlds 2019 Winners


Player Name


Kim “Khan” Dong-ha


Gao "Tian" Tian-Liang


Kim "Doinb" Tae-sang


Lin "Lwx" Wei-Xiang


Liu "Crisp" Qing-Song

FPX won the Summoners Cup in spectacular fashion rounding out a year of dominance that saw the team earn the top spot in the LPL in both the Spring and Summer split with a match record of 13 - 2 and 14 - 1 respectively. At the World Finals, the team went 3 - 0 against G2 Esports to secure their spot in League of Legends history.

Who will win the League of Legends World Championship in 2020?

With no international tournaments such as the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) played prior to the World Championship, it becomes difficult to predict how well a team may perform when up against international competition. Historically, teams from the LPL (China) and LCK (South Korea) have been the top performers at Worlds, this year’s number one seeds from both regions, Top Esports and DAMWON Gaming, are projected to be the front runners with the Europe’s G2 Esports not too far behind given their second place finish in the 2019 tournament.

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 2020.

Pinnacle offers a number of markets for LoL enthusiasts to bet on during Worlds 2020. 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 2020.

Don’t want to do lengthy research but still want to place a bet? Pinnacle offers in-play betting on live Worlds 2020 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!

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Kristian Medina
Kristian is a writer & videographer for Pinnacle Esports having studied English Language & Media at De Montfort University. He's the go-to guy when it comes to League of Legends.
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