The 2017 League of Legends World Championship (LoL Worlds) is the biggest eSports tournament of competitive LoL in Season 7. LoL Worlds 2017 will close up the competitive Season 7 all over the world and takes place from September 23rd 2017 to November 4th 2017 in the country of the rising sun – China. Because of the newly added Play-In stage the event will now last one week longer than in the previous years. With the Mid-Season Invitation tournament 2017 (MSI) as role model the League of Legends World Championship 2017 will also cancel all qualification tournaments for the Wildcard regions. These contenders will participate with teams from China, Taiwan, Europe and North America in the all new Play-In stage of Worlds 2017. While the number of Wildcard teams for the main event changes, the worldwide dominance of the Korean teams remains the same and we will probably see another episode of South Korea against the world at the greatest international event in professional League of Legends. Many months before the start of LoL Worlds 2017 the Korean teams are already and still the favorites for climbing the next world champion throne while teams from other regions like Europe’s and North America’s LCS 2017 are nowhere near to closing the gap to the League of Legends overlords. To be honest, there’s more chance for wildcard teams to eliminate Western teams in the Play-In-Stage than there is for non-korean teams to win the 2017 LoL World Championship.
While the main part of the games will be distributed among the big eSports arenas in Wuhan, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the LoL World Championship 2017 finals will take place at the national stadium in Beijing which is famous for the sportive events during the Olympic games in 2008. From last year’s location in Los Angeles with a capacity of about 20.000 people we are heading to a stadium with a capacity of 80.000 people – eSports is definitely growing everywhere. The best teams in the world competing at the most important League of Legends tournament of the year, many activities for all the fans during the event and magnificent live acts rocking the stages – in conjunction with some of the most beautiful cities in the world China is definitely worth visiting in autumn 2017.
LoL Worlds 2017 Facts (World Championship Season 7):
- Location: China (Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Peking)
- Teams: 24 participants from all over the world
- Play-In Stage: 09/09/2017 – 09/26/2017
- Group Stage: 10/05/2017 – 10/15/2017
- Playoffs: 10/19/2017 – 11/04/2017
- South Korea(3), Europe(3), North America(3), China(3), Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao(3)
- Turkey(1), CIS(1), Southeast Asia(1), South America South(1), South America North(1), Japan(1), Brazil(1), Oceania(1)
- one Wildcard team from the Mid-Season Invitational 2017
- Prize pool: TBA
- Patch: TBA
- Tickets: not available yet
- Livestreams: available for all games
- Betting odds will be available for all matches
- Hashtag: #Worlds #Worlds2017 #Worldsbigplays
Schedule and Format of the LoL World Championship 2017
This year the tournament format of the World Championship has changed and Riot increased the number of participating teams from 16 to 24 to include all Wildcard regions. First of all, the Wildcard teams and one team from each Europe, North America, China and Taiwan are divided into four groups of three challengers. According to the schedule every team plays against the other teams of their respective group two times in best-of-1 series. The two best teams of each group move to the next stage where for example the winner of group A plays against the runner-up of group B in a best-of-5 series. The four remaining victors of these duels are directly qualified for the group stage of the League of Legends World Championship 2017. Besides these four possible seeds the best Wildcard region of the Mid-Season Invitational 2017 will gain a fixed spot for the group stage. Consequential there will be at least one and at most five Wildcard teams after the Play-In stage of the tournament.
The all new Play-In Stage:
In the first stage of the event, the teams fight for the remaining four seeds of the group stage. It will be held from September 23rd to September 29th and will consist of two rounds.
- Round 1: The 12 teams will be divided into four groups. After everyone has played each other, the best two teams of each group will move on to round 2.
- Round 2: The remaining 8 teams will be randomly allotted to each other in a way that there is always a first placed team playing against a second placed team of round 1. The winner of these matches move on to Worlds 2017 group stage.
Group Stage LoL Worlds 2017:
The 16 best teams of the world will play in the group stage from December 5th to December 15th. As usual there will be four groups consisting of four teams and the two best placed teams will move on to the playoffs which will start with the quarter finals. Like in previous years there will be a double round robin format with best-of-1 duels to eliminate 8 teams from the tournament.Without possible tiebreakers there are 48 matches on the schedule of 2017 LoL Worlds group stage.
The 2017 League of Legends World Championship Playoffs:
After the group stage the playoffs will take place from October 19th to November 4th, consisting of quarter finals, semifinals and the great final. All these games will be played in a best-of-5 single elimination format and between each stage the teams will have a break to prepare for the upcoming and exhausting games.
Qualifiers | How teams can qualify for Worlds
For the major regions of the competitive League of Legends scene known as South Korea, Europe, North America, China and Taiwan/Macao/Hong Kong there are the same rules for all teams in order to qualify for the World Championship 2017:
- First seed goes to the winner’s team of the Summer Split playoffs of the respective region.
- Second seed goes to the team with the most Championship Points throughout the year 2017. These points will be distributed based on the placements in both splits.
- Third seed goes to the team that wins the regional qualification tournament.
The minor regions only have one seed for the World Championship 2017, the champion of the Summer Split 2017 directly qualifies for Play-In stage of the tournament. In case of the lucky region that has got another seed due to the placement at the MSI 2017 the Summer Split champion directly qualifies for group stage while the team with the most Championship Points may participate in the Play-In stage.
This year there will be 24 teams at the League of Legends World Championship. 12 teams are already qualified for group stage, the other 12 have to go through the Play-In stage to fight for the remaining four seeds. For the first time the region of Taiwan/Macao/Hong Kong (LMS) has a third seed with two of them being qualified for the group stage and the last seed compete in the Play-In phase.
- TBD – Korea – LCK (3 seeds in group stage)
- TBD – Europe – EU LCS (2 seeds in group stage, 1 seed in Play-In stage)
- TBD – North America – NA LCS (2 seeds in group stage, 1 seed in Play-In stage)
- TBD – China – LPL (2 seeds in group stage, 1 seed in Play-In stage)
- TBD – Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau – LMS (2 seeds in group stage, 1 seed in Play-In stage)
- TBD – Brazil
- TBD – Japan
- TBD – Latin America North
- TBD – Latin America South
- TBD – Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
- TBD – Turkey
- TBD – Oceania
- TBD – Southeast Asia
The eight last mentioned regions have one seed each in the Play-In stage, only the best performing team of these regions at the MSI 2017 gets an additional seed which is directly qualified for the group stage of the LoL World Championship 2017.
Besides the glory of being the best League of Legends team in the world there will also be a huge prize pool to be distributed among the teams. The exact amount of prize money for each team and in total is not known yet. We will keep you updated with any news regarding the prize money.
Bookmakers and Betting Odds for LoL Worlds 2017 | Season 7
Of course our renowned eSports bookmakers will be present at the biggest League of Legends event of the year with betting odds for all games. Besides the option to directly bet on the outright winner of Worlds 2017 there are many other possibilities to place bets e.g. on the number of Barons slain or the team who first gets 10 kills. The odds will be available shortly after all participating teams have been announced. You will find a comparison of all important betting odds right here as usual. You can find out more about betting on League of Legends here.
League of Legends World Championship 2017 Live Streams
All matches of Season’s 7 World Championship will be streamed live in various languages and on several platforms. You can watch every game of the event for free! You will be provided with information regarding casters and streaming schedules as soon as they are announced. The link to the official Twitch.tv stream of Riot Games will also be found here.