The League of Legends 2016 World Championships kicks off within the next few weeks. It’s now the time of year when teams around the world need to qualify for a place at Worlds. Each region has a certain amount of seeds. Seeds are positions and methods for qualifying teams. Here’s a quick breakdown of the regions that are competing for a place at Worlds and how many seeds each region gets.
- North America – NA League Championship Series (NA LCS) – 3 seeds
- Europe – EU League Championship Series (EU LCS) – 3 seeds
- Korea – League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) – 3 seeds
- China – League of Legends Pro League (LPL) – 3 seeds
- Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan – League of Legends Master Series (LMS) – 2 seeds
- Wildcard regions determined at IWC – 2 seeds
There are three ways teams can qualify for a place at Worlds for NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK, LPL: first seed, win summer play offs. Second seed, have the most Championship points by the end of the play offs. Finally, third seed, win the regional qualifier. As there are only two seeds available within the League of Legends Master Series, there are only two ways of qualifying. First, Win the Summer Playoffs. Secondly, Win the Regional Qualifier. As well as Master Series, two teams from International Wildcard (IWC) regions qualify for Worlds by finishing top two at the IWC Qualifier (IWCQ) in Brazil.
The Regional Qualifiers are tournaments in NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK, LPL, and LMS. They take place after each region’s Summer Playoffs. As for teams that don’t manage to win a place in the Playoffs, fortunately, qualifying for worlds is still a possibility through the Regional Qualifiers.
Teams are ranked on their Championship Points. Teams earn their Championship Points relative to where they finished the Spring and Summer Split Playoffs. The teams that finish with lower points will have to beat the higher ranking teams in order to secure a place at Worlds. However, teams with more points have a slightly easier path. In the NA LCS, EU LCS, LPL, LMS and LCK, games played in the Regional Qualifiers in a gauntlet format. Every match is played as a best of 5 playoff.
The Regional Qualifiers will be played on varying days. As you can see the image below for the dates for each region. All matches will be available to watch on lolesports.com, for the exact times and full schedule visit this page. For full a review of the Regional Qualifiers visit our eSports page, and let us know about what you think of each qualifier. Will you be watching Worlds? Leave a comment below about which team you’ll be supporting and why.