The 2019 Worlds Championships kicks off on October 2 with 24 teams competing for glory and the prize money. It is the most prestigious League of Legends event with the winner securing the Summoner’s Cup.
The Worlds 2019 has two stages before teams move forward to the Main Event at the Verti Music Hall. The 2019 World Championship Draw produced some interesting groups including the ‘Group of Death’ in Group C. With three strong teams such as SK Telecom T1, Fnatic and Royal Never Give up in one group, fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the biggest League of Legends event in 2019.
North American fans have some hopes with Group D as Team Liquid is in the same boat as Invictus Gaming and AHQ Esports Club. Team Liquid has already defeated IG at this year’s Mid-Season Invitational and they are the favorites to top Group D at Worlds 2019 Group Stage.
Worlds 2019 Format
Play-In Round 1: October 2nd – 5th,2019 in LEC Studio, Berlin
- Twelve teams are divided into four groups where they play a Double Round Robin format.
- All matches are Best of One matches
- Top two teams in each group advance to Play-In: Round 2.
- The Bottom team in each group is eliminated.
Play-In Round 2 – October 7th – 8th in LEC Studio, Berlin
- Eight teams from Play-In: Round 1.
- The 1st place in each group of Play-In: Round 1 will be randomly drawn against a 2nd place from another group.
- All matches are Best of Five matches
- Four winners will advance to Group Stage.
- Four losers will be eliminated.
Group Stage – October 12th – 15th and 17 – 20th in Verti Music Hall, Berlin
- Four teams from Play-In Round 2 join twelve teams with direct entry from Korea, China, Europe, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau, North America and Vietnam.
- All sixteen teams are divided into four groups where they play a Double Round Robin format.
- All matches are Best of One matches
- Top two teams in each group advance to Knockout Stage.
- The Bottom two teams in each group are eliminated.
Riot Games has revealed the draws for the Worlds 2019, Play-in Stages and the Group Stage at the Main event. Riot live-streamed the draw on their official channels to ensure full transparency.
Play-in Stage Team Draws
There are four groups of three teams each in the Play-In Stage 1. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Play-In stage 2 which has a single-elimination format.
Riot Games created three pools for the final draws of the Play-In stage. They gave the Major regions the Pool 1 seeds followed by the emerging regions and finally the smaller emerging regions.
Major Regions : LCK, LCS, LEC and LMS (Pool 1)
Emerging Regions: Latin America, Turkey, Vietnam and CIS (Pool 2)
Smaller Emerging Regions: Japan, Brazil, Oceania, South East Asia (Pool 3)
Our recommended bookie:
- Clutch Gaming (LCS)
- Unicorns of Love (LCL)
- MAMMOTH (OPL)
- Splyce (LEC)
- Isurus Gaming (LLA)
- Detonation FocusMe (LJL)
- Hong Kong Attitude (LMS)
- Lowkey Esports (VCS)
- MEGA (LST)
- DAMWON Gaming (LCK)
- Royal Youth (TCL)
- Flamengo Esports (CBLOL)
Play-In Round 2
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The Play-in Round will decide which teams move to the Main event at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin. Eight teams participate in the Play-In Round 2; however, only four will advance into the Main Stage.
The Group Stage: Main Event Teams
The Group stage is the first time we will see the teams compete on the Main Stage at Worlds 2019. Twelve teams have already qualified for the Group stage. These twelve teams include teams from LPL(3), LCK(2), LCS(2), LEC(2), LMS(2) and VCS(1).
The final spot in the Group stage belongs to the winners of the Play-In Stage 2 elimination matches.
- G2 Esports (LEC)
- Griffin (LCK)
- Cloud9 (LCS)
- FunPlus Phoenix (LPL)
- J Team (LMS)
- GAM Esports (VCS)
- SK Telecon T1 (LCK)
- Fnatic (LEC)
- Royal Never Give Up (LPL)
- Team Liquid (LCS)
- AHQ Esports Club (LMS)
- Invictus Gaming (LPL)
For more information on the tournament, teams, standings, and players, visit www.lolesports.com. You can also watch the matches live on Twitch. EsportzNetwork will keep you updated with the latest news regarding Worlds 2019.