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League of Legends Global Event Locations announced


14 March 2018 12:13

Riot Games have announced the locations for the League of Legends Major global events for the 2018 season, including the Mid-Season Invitational and the World Championships. There were complaints of a non-diverse selection in 2017 but Riot Games have listened to the critics this time and produced an incredibly varied list of host countries to give a better live viewing experience for all fans.

The biggest announcement is the League of Legends World Championships will be returning to Korea for the second time in the tournament’s history. SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy, now known as KSV eSports, are both from Korea and have dominated the World Championships so far, winning each title since 2013 and splitting first and second place the last two years. This means it’s only fair that local fans of the teams get to see them in live action on the world’s biggest eSports stage. Host cities and locations are yet to be announced, but you can probably put your money on Seoul hosting a major round, if not the final.

Prior to the World Championships, there is the Mid-Season Invitational, which can basically be described as a ‘mini world championships’ based on all the top teams from around the world being present. In 2017 the tournament was hosted in Brazil, but 2018 will see it take place in Europe. The play-in and group stages will be held in Berlin, Germany, whilst the knockout stages will move to Paris, France, at the Zenith Paris La Villette. It’s great to see the organisers are realising that there are major LOL markets outside of Korea, China and USA by sending big time tournaments to Europe for the fans.

Amongst these announcements was also the locations for the Rift Rivals match ups and the 2018 all-star event. The Rift Rivals locations have been rotated since last year to keep things fair, so are as follows:

  • North America vs Europe - hosted in USA
  • China vs Korea vs LMS - hosted in China
  • Brazil vs LATAM North vs LATAM South - hosted in Brazil
  • Oceania vs Southeast Asia vs Japan - hosted in Australia
  • Vietnam vs Russia vs Turkey - hosted in Vietnam

The All-Star event, the legitimacy of which as a global event could be debated, will be played in North America at the end of 2018. The 2016 version in Barcelona was laughable as a competitive LOL showing but did improve in 2017 when held in Los Angeles, so the organisers must be hopeful of another competitive showing with a return to the USA.

There is no doubt that fans in those cities announced will be beyond excited for a global LOL event to come to their hometown. Watching LOL via stream is exciting enough but in-person, live viewing is something else. Those that live away or within travelling distance - hold off on buying your plane tickets until official tickets are being sold!

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Updated on: 2018-03-14

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