The highly anticipated 2016 League of Legends World Championship (LoL Worlds 2016) is just around the corner. It’s the perfect opportunity to see the best of the best, crème de la crème, the strongest teams from different regions competing with the same goal – to win the Summoner’s Cup and a share of big prize pool. In order to get their chance to go to the United States as a part of the culmination of the season, all aspiring teams have to go through qualifiers first.
LoL Worlds 2016 info
Before we move on to see different ways teams can qualify for Worlds 2016, here’s general info about the events of the season:
- Group stage – San Francisco, California, September 29 – October 2, and October 6 – 9
- Quarterfinals – Chicago, Illinois, October 13 – 16
- Semifinals – New York, NY, October 21 – 22
- Final – Los Angeles, California, October 29
Seeds per region
The table below displays each region along with championship series and the number of seeds the particular region has for the upcoming Worlds 2016.
|Region||Championship Series||Number of seeds|
|North America||NA LCS (North America League Championship Series)||3|
|Europe||EU LCS (EU League Championship Series)||3|
|Korea||LCK (LoL Champions Korea)||3|
|China||LPL (LoL Pro League)||3|
|Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan||LMS (LoL Master Series)||2|
|Wildcard regions||IWC (International Wild Card) qualifiers||2|
How can teams qualify for the League of Legends World Championship 2016?
Teams from NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK, and LPL can qualify to Worlds 2016 tournament in three ways. They are:
- 1st seed – winning Summer Playoffs
- 2nd seed – earning the biggest number of Championship points by the completion of Summer Playoffs
- 3rd seed – winning the Regional Qualifier
On the other hand, teams from LMS series can qualify for Worlds 2016 in two ways that include winning Summer Playoffs for the place in 1st seed, and winning the Regional Qualifier for the 2nd seed.
Teams from wildcard regions will have to do their best to finish in top 2 to qualify for the Worlds. The International Wild Card Qualifier will be held in Brazil from August 24 to September 4, 2016.
Regional qualifiers pose as the first big step for many teams hoping to make their dream of participating at the Worlds a reality. These tournaments are held in the following regions:
- NA LCS 2016 Regional Qualifier
- EU LCS 2016 Regional Qualifier
- LCK 2016 Regional Qualifier
- LPL 2016 Regional Qualifier
- LMS 2016 Regional Qualifier
Regional qualifiers are always held after Summer Playoffs events in each region. The event offers a second chance to teams who didn’t win Playoffs to still try to earn their spot at the World Championship. As previously mentioned, only winners in Regional qualifiers get to move forward and participate in the Worlds.
The events will be played at the varying days in different regions, check the table below.
|Region||Date of Regional qualifier|
|NA LCS||September 3 – 5|
|EU LCS||September 3 – 5|
|LMS||September 2 – 4|
|LPL||August 27 – 28|
|LCK||August 29 – September 1 & 3|
During Regional Qualifiers, teams are ranked according to their final Championship Points standing. As you already know, all teams earn Championship Points through Spring and Summer Split Playoffs i.e. according to their finish. The higher on the table, the more points they get.
Getting more points in Spring and Summer Playoffs isn’t just a matter of prestige, but practicality as well. Why? It’s because teams with fewer points have to play more games and beat teams with higher seeds just to qualify.
Every match at the Regional Qualifiers has a Bo5 (Best of 5) format.
As it was already mentioned, the IWC Qualifiers 2016 will be held in Brazil (August 24 – September 4). During the tournament, eight wildcard regions will fight to finish in top two and secure their place at the Worlds 2016. These regions are the following:
- Turkey – TCL
- Brazil – CBLOL
- SE Asia – GPL
- Japan – LJL
- Oceania – OPL
- LA North – LAN
- LA South – LAS
The format of this tournament is Bo1 (Best of 1) Single Round Robin. Here, top four teams advance to the final round, two teams that emerge as winners go to Worlds 2016.
Although we’re patiently waiting for the final Worlds 2016 tournaments, it will be interesting to see the battles and matches during IWC and Regional Qualifiers. One thing is for sure; all teams will do their best to earn their spot at the most prestigious event in the e-sports world
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About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.