The League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) is returning to South Korea! From October 10-November 19, teams from around the globe will compete for the most prestigious title in esports.
Worlds will kick off in Seoul, travel to Busan, and return to Seoul to the iconic Sky Dome, where the two finalist teams will square off to determine who will hoist the Summoner’s Cup.
“Korea is synonymous with excellence in esports and gaming, with a passionate community of fans and a legacy of developing some of the world’s most talented players,” said Naz Aletaha, Global Head of LoL Esports. “We’re thrilled to bring Worlds back to the birthplace of esports and home of the LCK, and look forward to celebrating the best-of-the-best in League with fans in Korea and around the world this fall.”
Korea previously hosted the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational in Busan and Worlds 2018 and Worlds 2014 with multi-city tours.
"We are thrilled to host the pinnacle of LoL Esports again after five years,” said Aiden Lee, Secretary General of the LCK. “We're working closely with Seoul and Busan to bring the best fan experience, and we can't wait to welcome fans to Worlds with a brand new format."
Worlds’ new format will feature 22 teams in three stages of competition. If you’re not familiar with the changes, head to the LoL Esports State of the Game article we released in January.
The Play-In Stage will be October 10-15 at LoL Park in Seoul.
The Swiss Stage will be October 19-23 and October 26-29 at KBS Arena in Seoul.
Knockouts consist of Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals. Quarterfinals will be November 2-5 and Semifinals will be November 11-12, both taking place in Sajik Indoor Gymnasium in Busan.
The World Final will be on November 19 and will be played at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, the largest indoor venue in the country and the home of Seoul-based baseball team, Kiwoom Heroes.
NOTE: The World Final has been scheduled later than usual to support the 19th Asian Games being held September 23-October 8 in Hangzhou, China! League of Legends and six other esports titles will be featured as medal events for the first time. The shift will accommodate our LoL Esports pro players competing in the Asian Games.
Tickets will officially go on sale in three waves! Play-In Stage tickets will go on sale July 10, Swiss Stage tickets will go on sale July 19, and Knockout Stage tickets will go on sale August 2.
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