The League of Legends World Championships is one of the, if not the biggest events in the Esports world! With a viewership of 60 million for the Grand Finals of the 2017 World Championships, League of Legends is the most watched Video Game in the world and it has even surpassed viewership of traditional sports tournaments.
If you want to start watching but have no idea where to begin, this guide is for you!
What is League of Legends?
League of Legends is a free multiplayer online battle arena or MOBA with over 100 million active players a month. 2 teams of 5 players battle it out on the Summoners Rift with the objective to destroy the opponent’s Nexus.
With a roster of 141 diverse and unique Champions to choose from, there is something for everyone.
What is the League of Legends World Championship?
The League of Legends World Championship is a yearly ‘conclusion’ to the whole year of League of Legends tournaments and leagues such as the Mid-Season Invitational and the Asian Games. The best teams from countries all around the World will gather in South Korea for a shot at hoisting the Summoner’s Cup and the enormous prize pool (2017 had a 4.5 Million USD prize pool). 2017 World Champions, Samsung Galaxy took home 1.6 Million USD and will be returning this year as Gen.G Esports to defend their title.
Teams from Korea, China, Europe, North America, Taiwan and Vietnam are seeded directly into the World Championship while teams from emerging regions like Brazil, Turkey and Japan battle it out on the Play-in stage for a shot at the Main event.
Why should you watch it?
League of Legends and Esports as a whole bring a new element to spectator sports while still retaining the excitement, intensity, rivalries and storylines of traditional sports.
League of Legends brings a mix of both flashy gameplay and strategy to the big stage. Beyond gamers clicking away at a screen are years of practice and organizations with millions of dollars spending on training and facilities much like traditional sports. Although MOBA’s come with a learning curve, it can be quite easy to get into and appreciate elements of the game while still learning the nuance of the game which adds a whole new level to it.
Where can you watch it?
The Play-in Stages will be held from October 1-4 and 6-7 in Seoul with the Main Stage starting from October 10th and will conclude with the Finals in the Incheon Munhan Stadium on November 3rd.
The full schedule can be found at https://www.lolesports.com/en_US/worlds with games typically starting at 4 PM GMT+8 through till around 10 PM at night