League of Legends Worlds 2022: Riot Games releases schedule, participating teams
Riot Games finally released more details about the League of Legends Worlds 2022 or also known as Worlds, on July 21. Via the announcement, Riot announced a complete rundown of events, venues and regional seeding.
According to the release, Worlds will have five stages which run from September 29 to November 5. Also, there are 24 international teams set to compete for the 70-pound Summoner’s Cup.
Fans might want to keep up with Riot’s upcoming release in the future regarding ticketing information, which will be released soon. In the coming weeks and months, the developer will gradually be releasing more information about Worlds.
About Worlds this far, schedule
Riot brought back the competition’s favored multi-city hosting format for this year’s Worlds. The event has been scheduled to tour four cities in two countries across North America, from Mexico City in Mexico and three major cities in the United States, namely New York City, Atlanta and San Francisco. Worlds will also have a live audience.
Worlds will start with Play-Ins from September 29 to October 4 at the Arena Esports Stadium at Artz Pedregal in Mexico City. Riot confirmed that 24 teams would play in the first stage of Worlds. Unfortunately, LCL/CIS is not sending any teams this year, and LCL’s slot was given to Europe — a region that Riot considered to have the best performance in international tournaments over the past two years and has less than four team berths in Worlds.
The list of teams in Play-Ins is as follows:
China (LPL) – 4th Seed
Korea (LCK) – 4th Seed
Europe (LEC) – 3rd and 4th Seed
North America (LCS) – 3rd Seed
Southeast Asia (PCS) – 2nd Seed
Vietnam (VCS) – 2nd Seed
Brazil (CBLOL) – 1st Seed
Japan (LJL) – 1st Seed
Latin America (LLA) – 1st Seed
Oceania (LCO) -1st Seed
Turkey (TCL) – 1st Seed
Aside from all of the teams above, Riot also said that the remaining twelve teams would automatically qualify for the Group Stage, which is scheduled to run on October 7-10 and October 13-16 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Big Apple will also host the Quarterfinals on October 20-23.
The list of teams set to qualify for the Group Stage is provided below:
China (LPL) – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Seeds
Korea (LCK) – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Seeds
Europe (LEC) – 1st and 2nd Seeds
North America (LCS) – 1st and 2nd Seeds
Southeast Asia (PCS) – 1st Seed
Vietnam (VCS) – 1st Seed
Up next on Worlds’ calendar is the Semifinals which are set to take place on October 29-30. Initially, Riot planned to have the Semifinals in Toronto, Canada. The plan was canceled due to the country’s quarantine regulations which could hinder international teams from playing on the stage. Eventually, the venue was moved to State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, the home turf of the NBA team Atlanta Hawks.
Last on the list is the end of the 2022 Worlds, as the tournament will culminate on November 5 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.