Riot Games have announced the locations of the Mid-Season Invitational, and the LoL World Championships. The Mid-Season Invitational begin on April 28th and will be held in São Paulo, Brazil before moving to Rio De Janiero for the rest of the tournament. The finals will take place on May 21st.
As far as the World Championship goes, according to lolesports.com, Worlds will take place in four cities. It will start in Wuhan for play-in and group stages. Then it will move to Guangzhou for the quarterfinals, Shanghai for the semifinals, and lastly to Bejing for the finals. The finals will take place in the Bejing National Stadium, which also hosted the 2008 Olympics. Worlds will consist of 24 different teams from regions across the world, with competitors from all 13 professional League of Legends leagues. The format will be similar to the Mid-Season Invitational 2017, introducing a play-in stage before the group stage. Korea, as they have done the best in the 2015 and 2016 seasons will be given bye rounds and start in the group stage. Below we’ve listed a guide to the format, as shown on lolesports.com:
The League of Legends World Championship is shaping up to be one of the most exciting eSports tournaments of the year. Last year the prize pool hit over 5,000,000 USD, with the champion team SK Telecom T1 taking home the championship. Recently the starting mid-laner for SK, Faker, broke a twitch record with his first stream. Will they bring home the chamionship again? You’ll have to tune in to find out!