The League of Legends World Championship, or simply LoL Worlds 2017, is one of the most popular esports events on the planet. Besides the fact it poses at the culmination of the LoL season, this event offers a plethora of exciting moments, talented players, and nerve-wracking battles that you can’t find anywhere else. To raise the competitive attitude of the tournaments and improve the quality of matches and events, Riot Games constantly releases a set of new changes. Recently, Riot Games announced changes for Worlds 2017. Keep reading to see what’s new for the LoL World Championship this fall!
More teams at the 2017 LoL World Championship
First, it’s important to mention the tournament will be held in China. This year, there’ll be 24 teams at the Worlds coming from these regions:
- Brazil (BR)
- China (CN)
- Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
- Europe (EU)
- Japan (JPN)
- Korea (KR)
- Latin America – North (LAN)
- Latin America – South (LAS)
- North America (NA)
- Oceania (OCE)
- Southeast Asia (SEA)
- Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau (LMS)
- Turkey (TUR)
It will be interesting to see who’s going to qualify for this spectacular tournament since every region keeps getting stronger.
According to the latest announcement, the Worlds 2017 will have a Play-In Stage before the Group Stage. The Play-In Stage will consist of 12 teams i.e. one team from BR, CIS, JPN, LAN, LAS, OCE, SEA, TUR, and #3 seed from the following four regions CN, EU, LMS, NA.
In the first round, four groups will consist of three randomly selected teams and the format is double round robin. Two teams from each group will advance to the next level wherein the #1 team from some group is paired with #2 team in the Bo5 format. So, there’ll be four matches whose winners proceed to the Group Stage.
The Group Stage will comprise of:
- 3 teams from Korea
- Minimum two teams from each of the following regions: CN, EU, LMS, and NA
- 1 team based on results of MSI 2017 from BR, CIS, JPN, LAN, LAS, OCE, SEA, TUR
- 4 teams from Play-In Stage
This means a total of 16 teams will be in Group Stage of the Worlds 2017.
Riot Games also made a few changes regarding regional seeds as well. Here are the changes to be implemented this year:
- Instead of 2 regional seeds, this year LMS will have 3. Why? The reason is simple; the LMS was created as a division from GPL in order to divide one region into two. However, LMS has become a strong region with talented players and successful teams and Riot Games decided to award it with another seed. Now, they are equivalent to the number of teams from CN, EU, KR, and NA
- Since Korea region had the best overall performance in 2015 and 2016, they won’t go through Play-In Stage, their competition starts in the Group Stage
- The highest ranking region at MSI will gain an additional seed at the Worlds 2017. While #1 seed will be auto-seeded to Groups, the #2 will have to go through the Play-In Stage first
Just like in 2016, the regional seed placement will depend on MSI results. That said, Riot Games also made some changes in MSI which you can also see on our website.
The decision to introduce some reforms to Worlds 2017 probably came out of the controversy surrounding Riot Games and its tournaments. The controversy that erupted between players and teams was, in large part, led by North America. These new changes aim to encourage more competition between regions. Also, more teams will get the chance to participate in LoL events and reach the final tournament. Format changes will not only improve the quality of battles, but they’ll also raise the excitement to a whole new level.
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