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Rift Rivals 2018 Preview

29 June 2018 15:58

Rift Rivals 2018 takes centre stage for followers of League of Legends from 3rd to 9th July, with a succession of cross-regional international tournaments held around the world. All fourteen competitive regions are represented in this brand new competition, with local regions going up against each other to determine who emerges as the champion.

Five Simultaneous Tournaments

There are five tournaments due to take place simultaneously as teams from rival regions face off against one another. All five clashes have best-of-one round robin group stages, with the Blue Rift and Purple Rift competitors then going straight into a best-of-five relay race final. The Red and Yellow Rifts have best-of-five semi-finals to contest before the final, whilst the Green Rift have a King of the Hill semi-final format.

The regional teams are:

  • Blue Rift – Europe v North America

The Blue Rift tournament takes place in Los Angeles, with Team Liquid, 100 Thieves and Echo Fox making up the European team, whilst Fnatic, G2 Esports and Splyce are representing North America.

  • Red Rift – Korea v LMS v China

The Red Rift clashes will be held at the Dalian Sports Center Stadium, China, with King-Zone Dragon X, Afreeca Freecs, KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 making up the Korean team. Flash Wolves, G-Rex, MAD Team and Machi e-Sports are the Taiwain/Hong Kong/Macao (LMS) representatives, whilst the Chinese region is made up of Royal Never Give Up, Edward Gaming, Rogue Warriors and Invictus Gaming.

  • Yellow Rift – Latin America North v Brazil v Latin America South

The Yellow Rift action will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the Brazilians represented by KaBuM1 e-Sports and Vivo Keyd. Hopes for the Latin America North team rest on Rainbow7 and Infinity eSports, whilst the Latin America South competitors are Kaos Latin Gamers and Rebirth eSports.

  • Purple Rift – South-East Asia v Oceania v Japan  

The State Theatre in Sydney, Australia, takes centre stage for the Purple Rift tournament, with the Oceania region represented by Dire Wolves, Chiefs Esports Club and Legacy Esports. Followers of the South-East Asia region need Ascension Gaming, Kuala Lumpur Hunters and Mineski to come up with the goods, whilst fans of the Japanese region will be hoping PENTAGRAM, DetonatioN FocusMe and Unsold Stuff Gaming are on top form.

  • Green Rift – Commonwealth of Independent States v Turkey v Vietnam

All eyes will be on Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for the Green Rift campaign, where the Vietnam region is made up of EVOS Esports, GIGABYTE Marines and Vikings Gaming. SuperMassive eSports, Royal Bandits and YouthCrew Esports will need to gel together quickly for the Turkish region, whilst the Commonwealth of Independent States is represented by Gambit Esports, RoX and Team Just.

Brand New Trophies

All competing regions will be playing for the brand-new Rift Rivals trophies. The trophies are shaped like a whirling tornado, representative of champion weapons and abilities. Each trophy can be identified by different coloured crystals – yellow, purple, red, green and blue, one for each rivalry.

The base of each trophy is interchangeable, meaning the reigning champions from each rivalry can always be displayed. The winning regions from Rift Rivals 2018 will also have their league’s logo inserted on the base of the trophy, which will remain there until the rivalries are renewed in 2019.

Good luck to all the competing regions, and let us know who you think will hold the trophies aloft!

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Updated on: 2018-07-02

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