14 teams from around the globe are coming to L.A. this week to begin the LCS World Championships
And then there were 14. The Korea and China Regional Qualifiers concluded over the weekend – setting the stage for the three week long League of Legends World Championships that start Sept. 15.
In Korea, MVP Ozone and Najin Black Sword were already guaranteed spots in Worlds because of circuit points from past events, leaving four other contenders to duke it out for the remaining spot. SKT Telecom T1 downed KT Rolster Bullets in four games to emerge victorious from the group.
Meanwhile, Royal Club Huang Zu nabbed an automatic spot into the quarterfinals by sweeping OMG in three games to earn the number one seed in China. OMG will also take a trip to Los Angeles, but will have to fight their way through the group stage to advance.
The World Championships will begin with 10 teams playing in 20 Group State games to narrow it down to four that will join the number one seeds who earned a bye into the Quarterfinals.
Group A includes American team TSM Snapdragon, SKT Telecom T1, OMG, European team Lemondogs and Lithiuanian team GamingGear.EU. Group B features North American third place finisher Vulcun Techbargains, MVP Ozone, The Phillipines’ Team Mineski, Russian team Gambit Benq, and Season 1 champs Fnatic from Europe. The number one seeds with byes include North America’s Cloud 9, Royal Club, Najin Black Sword, and Gamania Bears. Europe did not get a number one seed because they finished last in the All-Star Tournament.
The battle for the $1 million first prize begins Sunday at noon PST with a full slate of 10 games. For the full schedule of the Group Stage, go here. To watch streams online, visit lolesports or Twitch.
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