LoL Worlds starts tomorrow: here’s what you need to know


Riot Games.

The 2020 League of Legends World Championship—for simplicity’s sake, let’s just call it LoL Worlds—kicks off tomorrow (September 25) in Shanghai, China. The tournament runs until Halloween.

What exactly is LoL Worlds? In anticipation of that very question, League of Legends created the following video:

That’s right: “It’s one of the greatest competitive moments in all of sports.”

If that seems like grossly overblown hyperbole, that’s because it most definitely is. In truth, though, LoL Worlds is inarguably the most prestigious event on the competitive-gaming calendar. It doesn’t have the biggest prize pool in ESports. That distinction belongs to Dota 2 and The International. In fact, LoL developer Riot Games has yet to release details of this year’s Worlds prize pool. Last year’s, however, was a whopping US$2,225,000.

Pudong Football Stadium

A total of 22 teams from 11 regions qualified for the tournament based on their placements in regional circuits. Of those 22 teams, 10 will start at the main event’s group stage. The remaining 12 will compete for main-event spots during the play-in stage.

From the play-in stage, up to and including the semifinals, teams will compete at Shanghai Media Tech Studio. The finals, however, will take place at the brand-new Pudong Football Stadium. How brand-new is it? LoL Worlds will be the stadium’s inaugural event. That’s how brand-new it is.

The play-in stage kicks off with Spain’s Mad Lions taking on Brazil’s INTZ in the first match. If you’re on Pacific Standard Time like me, that will be at 1:00 a.m. And that, friends, is why God made energy drinks. You’ll find the full schedule on the LoL Esports website.

How to watch

“But wait,” I hear you say. “I don’t want to miss out on all the LoL Worlds action! How do I watch?” In anticipation of that very question, League of Legends created the following video:

Okay, so that was a pretty decent primer on the game’s mechanics and teamplay. What it didn’t explain, however, is where to watch LoL Worlds.

The answer to that question is a little less complex. Just go to the official Riot Games Twitch channel. Alternatively, stream the games via LoL Esports on YouTube. (See the embed below.)

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