WORLDS 2021 LOCATION & FORMAT ANNOUNCEMENT
9 September 2021 | LOLESPORTS STAFF
After close collaboration with European authorities and Riot Games’ trusted risk assessment and safety partners, Worlds 2021 is headed to Reykjavik, Iceland. The biggest, most prestigious competitive esports event of the year will kick off October 5 and end with the Finals on November 6 in the newly refurbished Hall A at the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena.
Riot successfully hosted the Mid-Season Invitational this past May in Hall B at the Laugardalshöll without a live audience, which resulted in zero COVID-19 cases among players, staff, and partners. MSI 2021 was the most successful MSI to-date, with the final match between DWG KIA and Royal Never Give Up hitting a record-breaking MSI peak viewership of 23 million, and an average minute audience (AMA) of 10 million. Across the entire tournament, MSI 2021 had an AMA of 3.5 million.
While maintaining our focus on ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved in hosting, producing, and competing at the event, Worlds 2021 will not host a live audience. We will continue to use guidance from various health organizations and local and national authorities to prioritize everyone’s safety.
Location and Venue Details
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Venue: Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena, Hall A
Dates: Oct. 5-Nov. 6
- Play-Ins: Oct. 5-9
- Groups: Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 15-18
- Quarterfinals: Oct. 22-25
- Semifinals: Oct. 30-31
- Finals: Nov. 6
Worlds 2021 Format
Worlds will host 22 teams from around the globe facing off across three stages of play: Play-Ins, Groups, and Knockouts . All stages of play will take place in the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavik in Hall A (MSI was held in Hall B).
The Play-Ins stage will feature 10 teams:
The first seeded teams from:
- Brazil’s CBLoL, RED Canids Kalunga;
- Japan’s LJL, DetonatioN FocusMe;
- Oceania’s LCO, PEACE;
- The Commonwealth of Independent States’ LCL, Unicorns of Love;
- Latin America’s LLA, Infinity Esports;
- Turkey’s TCL, Galatasaray Esports;
The second seeded team from:
- Southeast Asia’s PCS, Beyond Gaming;
The third seeded team from:
- North America’s LCS, Cloud9; and,
The fourth seeded teams from:
- China’s LPL, LNG Esports; and,
- Korea’s LCK, Hanwha Life Esports.
These 10 teams will be drawn into two groups of five, where they will compete for four available Group Stage berths. Each team will play one game against every other team in their group. The top team in each group will automatically advance to the Group Stage. Third- and fourth-place teams will play a best-of-five, with winners challenging the other group’s second seed for the last two spots.
Note: Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions, the two teams from the VCS will not be able to attend. We will continue to work with our trusted partners to explore every option to get a VCS representative to MSI 2022.
The Group Stage will feature 16 teams including the four Play-In qualifying teams and 12 new competitors:
- The top three seeded teams from Korea’s LCK ( DWG KIA, Gen.G, T1 ),
China’s LPL ( FunPlus Phoenix, EDward Gaming, Royal Never Give Up ) and Europe’s LEC ( MAD Lions, Fnatic, Rogue );
- The top 2 seeded teams from North America’s LCS (1 00 Thieves, Team
Liquid ) and;
- The top seeded team from Southeast Asia’s PCS ( PSG.Talon Esports ).
These 16 teams will be split into four groups of four, with each competitor playing against every team in their group twice. The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the Knockout Stage.
During the Knockout Stage , the remaining eight teams will compete in a best-of-five single elimination bracket, progressing through Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals. At Finals, the last two teams standing will play a best-of-five series – and that winner will be crowned the 2021 League of Legends World Champions.
Matches during Play-Ins and Groups will begin at 11 a.m. GMT (5 a.m. PST, 1 p.m. CET, 7 p.m. CST, 8 p.m. KST). Starting with Quarterfinals, matches will begin at 12 p.m. GMT (6 a.m. PST, 2 p.m. CET, 8 p.m. CST, 9 p.m. KST).
More information, including all of the qualified teams, the Draw Show, and the broadcast talent, will be revealed at later dates. Follow @lolesports with #Worlds2021 and keep an eye on lolesports.com for more details to come.