Worlds 2022: Schedule, results, format, teams, where to watch

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Sep 23

The land of the free, a redesigned trophy, and Lil Nas X — Worlds 2022 is looking to be pretty epic!

After two years of practicing a hybrid bubble setup due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LoL Esports is heading to the streets of North America for this year’s League of Legends World Championship. The tournament will run for more than a month, kicking off in Mexico and concluding in California.

Ahead of the tournament, Riot Games teamed up with luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. to give the iconic Summoner’s Cup championship trophy a modern look and a more ergonomic form using “sterling silver, fine silver, stainless steel, brass, and wood” according to the video game company.

Before the winning team lifts the redesigned trophy, American pop star and Montero singer Lil Nas X will grace the Finals stage on November 5 to perform the official Worlds 2022 anthem, Star Walkin’.

We know you’re dying for the tournament to begin, so here’s everything you need to know about League of Legends Worlds 2022, including its full schedule, participating teams, format, prize pool, and where to watch its livestreams.

Worlds is the annual League of Legends World Championship. It is organized by developers Riot Games, and it is the largest global tournament in LoL esports.

This year, a total of 24 teams from around the globe will compete for the coveted Summoner’s Cup championship trophy, the lion’s share of over US$2 million prize pool, and the 12th world championship title.

Worlds 2022 will take place from September 29 to November 5.

The Play-Ins Stage will run from September 29 to October 4, while Group Stage will run from October 7 to 10, and 13 to 16. All dates and times are in GMT, GMT+8, and PST.

The Knockout Stage is scheduled as follows:

Play-In Stage standings

Play-Ins schedule and results

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Group Stage standings

Group Stage schedule and results

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Quarterfinals schedule and results

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Semifinals schedule and results

Day 1

Day 2

Finals schedule and results

(To be updated)

The competition has three stages: Play-In Stage, Group Stage, and the Knockout Stage.

All 12 participating teams have been divided into two groups of six during the draw show. The first seed of CBLOL, LJL, LCO, LLA, and TCL, the second seed of PCS and VCS, the third seed of LCS and LEC, and the fourth seed of LCK, LEC, and LPL regions are among the 12.

The top team of each group immediately qualifies for the Group Stage.

The second, third, and fourth-placed teams in each group will advance to the second round of Play-Ins, where matches will be played in best-of-fives. Two winners will advance to the Group Stage.

A total of 16 teams, including the four that qualified from the Play-In Stage, have been drawn into four groups of four (A, B, C, and D).

Among these Group Stage teams are the first and second seed of LCK, LPL, LEC, and LCS regions, and the first seed of PCS and VCS.

The Group Stage will be played in a double round-robin best-of-one format. The top two teams in each group will advance to the Knockout Stage while the bottom two teams will be eliminated.

The remaining eight teams will play in a single-elimination bracket where first placed-teams will face off second-placed teams from another group in a best-of-five series.

Worlds 2022 will be played on patch 12.18.

Since the CIS region (League of Legends Continental League) will not be able to send a representative to Worlds 2022, Riot Games has granted the European league (LEC) a fourth slot.

LEC “has had the best performance during international events over the past two years, but does not already have four team berths” according to an official statement by LoL Esports.

League of Legends Worlds 2022 will be held in the following venues, touring parts of North America:

Worlds 2022’s initial prize pool is US$2,225,000.

(To be updated)

League of Legends esports fans can watch the 2022 World Championship matches live on Riot Games’ official channels on Twitch and YouTube.

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