Everything you Need to Know About Worlds 2016

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Everything you Need to Know About Worlds 2016

It’s almost that time of the year again when the best League of Legends teams in the world come together to battle it out for the summoner’s cup. This year marks the League of Legends World Championships 2016 and it’s expected to be bigger than ever. This time the finals are set to take place in Los Angeles at the famous Staples Center with other events taking place all over North America.

All eyes will be on the returning champions SK Telecom T1 to see if they can pull off their third LoL Worlds win. The whole League of Legends Worlds Championships 2016 is a big event and takes place over several weeks finishing in late October. Luckily we’ve put together everything you need to know about World’s 2016 into a handy informative guide. Here’s everything you need to know about the LoL Worlds 2016.

When Does It Start?

The opening ceremony for the League of Legends World Championships 2016 will take place on 29th September at 16:30 PDT (Pacific Daylight Time). Since the championship is taking place all over North America this year expect the event times to be coordinated to fit around their day (sorry European viewers!).

The first matches of the group stages take place on the same day (September 29th) slightly later on, so make sure you have that date noted in your diary! The first match will begin at 16:30 PDT with G2 vs CLG battling it out to claim that important win and put them at the top of their group. In fact, there will be 6 games in total on the first day of the event with each one expected to last an hour. The summary for the matches on day 1 are as follows:

  • G2 vs CLG (16:30 PDT)
  • ROX vs ANX (17:30 PDT)
  • H2K vs AHQ (18:30 PDT)
  • ITZ vs EDG (19:30 PDT)
  • SSG vs SPY (20:30 PDT)
  • TSM vs RNG (21:30 PDT)

To view a full schedule of all the games including the match times for your time zone, be sure to check out the official League of Legends Worlds 2016 schedule for more information.

The group stages will last until everyone from each group has played each other twice (we’ll cover the groups later on don’t worry!). The group stages are set to end on the 9th October with the tournament progressing to the Quarter Final knockout stages from the 13th October. The semi-finals will take place on the 21st and 22nd October with the grand final taking placing on the last day of the tournament, the 29th October.

Which Teams are Competing?

There are a total of 16 teams competing in the League of Legends World Championships from over 5 different regions. Each region has 3 seeds apart from the Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau region that has only 2. There are also 2 international wild card slots in which any team can win a place in the tournament. Currently the teams in the 2016 Worlds are as follows:

North America (NA LCS)

  • Team SoloMid
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Cloud9

Europe (EU LCS)

  • G2 Esports
  • H2K-Gaming
  • Splyce

South Korea (LCK)

  • ROX Tigers
  • SK Telecom T1
  • Samsung Galaxy

China (LPL)

  • EDward Gaming
  • Royal Never Give Up
  • IMay

Taiwan / Hong Kong / Macau (LMS)

  • Flash Wolves
  • AHQ e-Sports Club

International Wild Card (IWCQ 2016)

  • INTZ eSports
  • Albus NoX Luna

On 10th September the teams were divided into 4 different groups via a group draw. Teams must now battle all the other teams in their group twice with the top 2 teams from each group going through to the knockout stages. The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • ROX Tigers
  • G2 Esports
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Albus NoX Luna

Group B

  • Flash Wolves
  • SK Telecom T1
  • IMay
  • Cloud9

Group C

  • EDwards Gaming
  • AHQ e-Sports Club
  • H2K Gaming
  • INTZ e-Sports

Group D

  • Team SoloMid
  • Royal Never Give Up
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Splyce

Throughout the group stages each team will play each other twice for a total of 12 matches for each group. To keep up to date with the standings for each group be sure to keep checking the official League of Legends team standings page.

Which Teams to Look Out For

Let’s face it, some teams are way better than others and just the mention of a certain team’s name can send the crowd into a frenzy. Here are some of the teams to watch during the League of Legends 2016 Championships.

ROX Tigers – Finished second in the LCK Spring playoffs and first in the Summer playoffs securing their automatic qualification into Worlds 2016. Number 1 seed from South Korea.

G2 eSports – Finished first in the EU LCS Summer and Spring playoffs winning $50,000 for their team each time. Top European seed going into Worlds 2016.

SK Telecom T1 – 2 time World’s winners. Finished first in the LCK spring playoffs and first in the 2016 mid-season invitational. Had trouble in the summer playoffs finishing in third place, but still managed to qualify. Hoping to become the first team to lift the summoner’s cup 3 times.

Team SoloMid – Finished second in the Spring playoffs and first in the Summer playoffs TSM is the number 1 seed for North America. One of the longest established teams the team has been around since 2011 and has had many roster changes.

Where are the Games Taking Place?

Every year the venues and locations for the LoL Worlds change. In 2015 the event took place all over Europe in countries such as the UK, France, and Belgium with the final taking place in Berlin, Germany.

This year the League of Legends World Championships 2016 is set to take place all over North America in the states of California, Illinois and New York.

The group stages for the event will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco California. The tournament will then move to Chicago for the quarter finals which will take place at the Chicago Theatre. As the tournament starts to get more and more exciting, so do the venues! The semi-finals for the LoL Worlds 2016 will take place in New York at the famous Madison Square Garden which is home to many sporting teams. For the grand finale and final of the tournament Riot has gone all out and hired the Staples Center in California. The venue is capable of holding up to 18,000 people and currently all the tickets for the finals have been sold out.

If you want to know more information about the venues for the League of Legends World Championships 2016 then be sure to read our blog post on the LoL Worlds Venues.

If you live in the area and fancy watching the event live then be sure to grab a ticket while you still can! Some tickets for the group stages and semi-finals are still available but they’re expected to sell out very fast. To check which tickets are still available head on over to the official League of Legends tickets page.

How Can I Watch It?

If you don’t live in the area or fancy watching it at the venue live then don’t worry we’re in 2016, there’s plenty of other ways to watch the championships!

Last year an impressive 14 million viewers watched the finals live over a variety of different streaming platforms with the total amount of viewers reaching over 36 million. This year the number is expected to be even bigger. So how can you watch the event?

The matches will be officially streamed on YouTube and Twitch.Tv which can be viewed from any country with no restrictions. There will also be other streams in different languages and with subtitles just in case English isn’t your native language. Last year the BBC from the UK also got in on the action and actually streamed some of the games live on their BBC Three channel. Although there is no indication of the same thing happening this year if you do live in the UK then be sure to check out your TV channels as well as BBC iPlayer.

If you’re from Europe and don’t fancy staying up all night to watch the games then we don’t blame you. Luckily there will be official reruns and rebroadcasts later on in the day at more reasonable times. Most matches will also be uploaded to YouTube with special highlight episodes showing the important parts of the match.

Can You Pick’Em All?

Worlds just wouldn’t be worlds without their famous official Pick’Em competition! Players are invited to pick the winning teams from the group and knockout stages for the chance to win some amazing prizes! Simply visit the Pick’Em website and pick teams for both the group and knockout stages. The more accurate your picks, the more points you’ll gain. You can then redeem your points for prizes! Some of the prizes include rare poro summoner icons for players who earn at least 34 points.

For anyone who manages to predict all the results perfectly they will be awarded with the grand prize of the Ultimate skins bundle. This bundle contains all 3 ultimate skins (DJ Sona, Spirit Guard Udyr and Pulsefire Ezreal!). Be warned though, it might sound easy but only 1 person managed to pick all the correct teams last year so it’s definitely a challenge!.

Here at LoL Smurfs we’re League of Legends crazy so you can count on us to bring you the latest LoL Worlds 2016 news. Be sure to regularly check our blog for any updates and in the meantime why not read some of our other posts below.

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