The 2017 League of Legends World Championship has now begun across China. Starting on 23rd September, Worlds is one of the biggest eSports events with teams taking place from around the globe.
The 13 regions competing at Worlds 2017 are:
Commonwealth of Independent States (LCL)
Europe (EU LCS)
Latin America North (LLN)
Latin America South (CLS)
North America (NA LCS)
Southeast Asia (GPL)
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau (LMS)
Europe is represented by G2 Esports (G2), Royal Never Give Up (RNG) and Team WE (WE), with Turkey boasting 1907 Fenerbahçe Espor (FB). With 24 sides competing, the format begins with the play-in stage (taking place from 23rd-26th September, and then 28th-29th September), followed by the last-16 group stage, which begins on 5th October and ends on the 15th. The teams that advance through there are then in the knockout stage on 19th-22nd October, 28th/29th October, and then 4th November. This incorporates the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals with all of these games played to the best of five format.
It will take a team of real quality, stamina and resilience to be crowned the Worlds 2017 champions, in what is the biggest tournament in terms of team numbers in its history. Because of this, an extra stage of competition has been added, with the play-in stage needed to qualify for the group stage. This means that no team can be complacent, and they will need to be at their best from an early stage.
As mentioned, the 2017 League of Legends World Championship is taking place across China in four locations. These are:
Wuhan Sports Center – this is in Hubei province and has the smallest capacity (7000) of the four. It is used for the play-in and group stages
Guangzhou Gymnasium – with a capacity of 10,000 the Gymnasium will be used for the quarter-finals
Shanghai Oriental Sports Center – the tournament head northwards for the semis, as the teams play out in front of an 18,200-capacity crowd at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.
National Stadium – also known as the Bird’s Nest stadium, this iconic venue was custom built for the 2008 Olympics and it will host the finals of Worlds 2017 in the country’s capital, Beijing