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League of Legends World Championship

League of Legends World Championship
Tournament information
Location Rotating locations
Month played October
Administrator(s) Riot Games
Format Group Stage (Round Robin), Bracket Stage (Single Elimination)
Current champion
SK Telecom T1

The League of Legends World Championship is the annual professional League of Legends world championship tournament hosted by Riot Games and is the culmination of each season. The first World Championship was held in 2011 at DreamHack DreamHack Winter 2011. Teams compete for the champion title, the 70 pounds (32 kg) Summoner's Cup, and a US$1,000,000 champion prize.[1]


Year Finals Location Final Semi-finalists
Champion Score Runner-up
2011 Jönköping Fnatic 2-1 against All authority Team SoloMid
2012 Los Angeles Taipei Assassins 3-1 Azubu Frost Counter Logic Gaming Europe Moscow Five
2013 Los Angeles SK Telecom T1 3-0 Royal Club Fnatic NaJin Black Sword
2014 Seoul Samsung Galaxy White 3-1 Star Horn Royal Club OMG Samsung Galaxy Blue
2015 Berlin SK Telecom T1 3-1 KOO Tigers Fnatic Origen

Season 1

The Season 1 Championship[2] in June 2011, held at Dreamhack in Sweden, featured a US$100,000 tournament prize pool[3] with a $50,000 champion prize.[4] 8 teams from North America, Southeast Asia and Europe participated in the championship.[5] Over 1.6 million viewers watched the streaming broadcast of the event, with a peak of over 210,000 simultaneous viewers in the final matches.[6]
Place Team Players[4] Prize money
ID Name
1st Fnatic


Maciej Ratuszniak
Lauri Happonen
Enrique Cedeño Martinez
Manuel Mildenberger
Peter Meisrimel

2nd against All authority


Paul Boyer
Damien Lorthios
Maik Wallus
Bora Kim
Jerome Negretti

3rd Team SoloMid


Christian Kahmann
Brian Wyllie
Andy Dinh
Shan Huang
Alex Chu


Season 2

After Season 1, Riot announced that US$5,000,000 would be paid out over Season 2. Of this $5 million, $2 million went to Riot's partners including the [7]

The Season 2 World Championship was held in early October 2012 in Los Angeles, California to conclude the US$5 million season. Twelve qualifying teams from around the world participated in the championship, which boasted the largest prize pool in the history of e-sports tournaments at the time at US$2 million, with US$1 million going to the champions. The group stage, quarterfinal, and semifinal matches took place between October 4 and 6. The grand finals took place a week after, on October 13 in the University of Southern California's Galen Center in front of 10,000 fans, and were broadcast in 13 different languages.[8] In the grand finals, Taiwan's professional team Taipei Assassins triumphed over South Korea's Azubu Frost 3-to-1 and claimed the US$1 million in prize money.[9]

Over 8 million viewers tuned in to the Season 2 World Championship broadcast, with a maximum of 1.1 million concurrent viewers during the grand finals, making the Season 2 World Championship the most watched eSports event in history at the time.[10]

A group picture of the Taipei Assassins, the champions of season 2.
Place Team Players[11] Prize money
ID Name
1st Taipei Assassins


Wang June Tsan
Kuan-Po Alex Sung
Wai-Kin Kurtis Lau
Cheng Bo-Wei
Chen Hui Chung

2nd Azubu Frost


Park Sang-Myun
Lee Hyun-Woo
Jung Min-Sung
Jang Gun-Woong
Hong Min-Gi

SF Counter Logic Gaming Europe


Mike Petersen
Stephen Ellis
Henrik Hansen
Peter Wüppen
Mitch Voorspoels

SF Moscow Five

Alex Ich
GoSu Pepper

Evgeny Mazaev
Danil Reshetnikov
Alexey Ichetovkin
Evgeny Andryushin
Edward Abgaryan

SF = Semi Final (no 3rd place decider was played)

Cheating incident

During the quarterfinal round of the Season 2 World Championship, Jang Gun Woong of team Azubu Frost cheated by turning his head to look at the big screen which was positioned behind him. The screen, which presents an overview of the game, is meant to be watched only by the crowd, as it displays elements that are supposed to be hidden from the players inside the game. This led to Azubu Frost being fined US$30,000.[12][13][14]

Technical issues

During the last quarterfinal best-of-three match on October 6 between European team Counter Logic Gaming EU and Chinese team World Elite, multiple technical difficulties occurred. Roughly twenty minutes into the second game, the network connection in the arena went down, terminating the live stream on and disconnecting all ten players from the game, forcing a remake of the game. Then, roughly sixty minutes into the third game, the network went down again. A final attempt was made at finishing the third game, but due to more network outages and technical issues, including a player's defective computer which had to be replaced, the last game and the following semifinals were rescheduled to be played on October 10 in the Galen Center, which was still undergoing construction work. The cause of the connection issues is uncertain, but is suspected to have been caused by faulty hardware.[15][16][17][18]

Season 3

The Season 3 World Championship was held in late 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 14 teams from North America, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and one of the emerging League of Legends territories measured up at the World Playoffs after having qualified through their regional competitions.[19] The grand finals were held in the Staples Center on October 4, 2013, where Korean team SK Telecom T1 defeated the Chinese team Royal Club,[20] granting them the title of the Season 3 world champions, the Summoner’s Cup and the $1 million prize.

The Season 3 World Championship grand finals broadcast on October 4 was watched by 32 million people with a peak concurrent viewership of 8.5 million.[21] The numbers once again beat the previous records for eSports viewership, and are above those for the viewers of the 2013 NBA Finals and the 2013 World Series.[22][23]

A group picture of SK Telecom T1, the champions of season 3.
Place Team Players[24] Prize money
ID Name
1st SK Telecom T1


Jung Eon-Yeong
Bae Seong-Ung
Lee Sang-Hyeok
Chae Gwang-Jin
Lee Jeong-Hyeon

2nd Royal Club


Xiao Wang
Liu Junjie
Pun Wai Lo
Jian Zihao
Pak Kan Wong

SF Fnatic


Paul Boyer
Lauri Happonen
Enrique Cedeño Martinez
Johannes Uibos
Bora Kim

SF NaJin Black Sword


Gu Bon-Taek
Cho Jae-Geol
Kim Sang-Moon
Kim Jong-In
Jang Nu-Ri

SF = Semi Final (no 3rd place decider was played)

2014 Season

The 2014 World Championship featured 16 teams competing for a $2.13 million prize pool, with 14 teams qualifying from the primary League of Legends regions (China, Europe, North America, Korea and Taiwan\SEA) and two international wildcard teams.

The group stage began September 18 in Taipei and concluded September 28 in Singapore with eight teams advancing to the bracket stage.[25] The bracket stage started on October 3 in Busan, South Korea, and concluded on October 19 with the grand finals hosted at the 45,000-seats Seoul World Cup Stadium,[26][27] where South Korean team Samsung Galaxy White beat the Chinese team Star Horn Royal Club to become the 2014 League of Legends world champions.[28][29][30]

American band Imagine Dragons contributed the theme song "Warriors" for the tournament,[31] and performed live on the grand finals stage in South Korea.[32] All games were made available for free via live streaming.[33]

The 2014 World Championship games were streamed live by 40 broadcast partners, and cast in 19 languages. The grand finals were watched by 27 million people, with concurrent viewership peaking at over 11 million viewers.[34][35]

Place Team Players[28][29][30] Prize money
ID Name
1st Samsung Galaxy White


Jang Hyeong-Seok
Choi In-Kyu
Heo Won-Seok
Gu Seung-Bin
Cho Se-Hyeong

2nd Star Horn Royal Club


Jiang Nan
Choi In-Seok
Lei Wen
Jian Zihao
Yun Kyung-Sub



Gao Diping
Yin Le
Yu Jiajun
Guo Junliang
Hu Zhenwei

SF Samsung Galaxy Blue


Choi Cheon-Ju
Lee Da-Yoon
Bae Eo-Jin
Kim Hyuk-Kyu
Lee Gwan-Hyung

SF = Semi Final (no 3rd place decider was played)

Racism incident

While preparing for the World Championship group stage in Taipei, SK Gaming's Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen acted in a racially insensitive way while playing on the Taiwanese server, being disrespectful towards other players and naming his account "TaipeiChingChong". Johnsen was fined US$2,500 and was suspended from his team's first three games in the tournament.[36]

2015 Season

After the 2014 Season, Riot Games introduced a number of changes to competitive League of Legends. The number of teams in the League Championship Series was increased from 8 to 10 in both the North America and Europe regions.[37] A second Riot Games official international tournament was announced, the Mid-Season Invitational, which took place in May 2015, and featured one team from each region.[38] Additionally, starting from 2015, all teams are required to field a Head Coach in their competitive matches, who will stay on stage and speak with the team via voice-chat in the pick-ban phase of the game. This change makes the Head Coach an officially recognized member of the team.[39]

The 2015 World Championship concluded the 2015 Season, and was held at several venues across Europe in October 2015. Like the 2014 World Championship, the 2015 World Championship was a multi-city, multi-country event.[40]

Place Team Players[41] Prize money
ID Name
1st SK Telecom T1

Easyhoon (Substitute)*
KkOma (Coach)

Jang Gyeong-Hwan
Bae Seong-Ung
Lee Sang-Hyeok
Lee Ji-Hoon
Bae Jun-Sik
Lee Jae-Wan
Kim Jeong-Gyun

2nd KOO Tigers

NoFe (Coach)

Song Kyung-Ho
Lee Ho-Jin
Lee Seo-Haeng
Kim Jong-In
Kang Beom-Hyeon
Jeong No-Chul

SF Fnatic

Deilor (Coach)

Heo Seung-Hoon
Kim Ui-Jin
Fabian Diepstraten
Martin Larsson
Bora Kim
Louis Sevilla

SF Origen

Hermit (Coach)

Paul Boyer
Maurice Stückenschneider
Enrique Cedeño Martínez
Jesper Svenningsen
Alfonso Aguirre Rodriguez
Tadayoshi Littleton

SF = Semi Final (no 3rd place decider was played)
* Easyhoon substituted Faker in multiple games throughout the tournament

Obscenity incident

During the final day of the group stage in Paris, Cloud9's Hai "Hai" Lam made an obscene gesture towards an opponent while on stage. Hai was fined €500.[42]

Technical issues

In game 2 of the quarterfinals between Fnatic and EDward Gaming, an in-game bug occurred to Fnatic's Kim "Reignover" Ui-Jin which prevented the game from continuing, forcing the game to be remade from scratch. After investigating the issue, Riot Games has decided to disable Gragas, the champion Reignover was playing, for the rest of the tournament, along with Lux and Ziggs, champions who were deemed susceptible to the same issue.[43]


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