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LoL- World Championships 2018


The 2018 instalment of the League of Legends World Championships is set to be hosted in Korea, with the official host cities to be announced at a later date. The tournament will not rotate regions and will be specifically focussed in Korea thanks to the success of its teams at the 2016 and 2017 World Championships.

SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy have dominated the World Championships so far, winning each title since 2013 and posting reverse 1-2’s for the last two years. Samsung Galaxy are now no-more after being bought out to become KSV eSports yet will still be favoured as reigning champions to do well in a home tournament. SK Telecom T1, winners of three titles and last year's runners up, will want to do well in front of their home fans as well, with Faker getting a chance to redeem himself after an out of character performance that left him visibly upset in the teams 2017 World Championships final loss.

The announcement that Korea will be hosting the tournament does end the hopes of a European based event that many fans wanted since the Major hasn’t come to Europe since the inaugural championships in 2011 that was held in Sweden.

The World Championships will be the first to feature teams from the NA and EU LCS after the franchising model was rolled out for the 2018 season. It will be interesting to see if more money put into the teams and a better pool of talent equates to a better showing at a major tournament that neither region has traditionally done well at. China will also want to avenge the fact they didn’t have a home team in the final when they hosted the tournament in Beijing in 2017 by knocking any and all Koreans out in their home tournament.

The tournament was held in Korea in 2014 and was won by Samsung Galaxy White as their first World Title, and there is no doubt they would love to go back there to win their third and go back to back as champions.