The Spring Split, Mid Season Invitational and Summer Split is over, and the 28 teams that have qualified for the 2022 League of Legends World Championships are known.

And from later today, the LoL Worlds action will begin in Mexico City with the Play In tournament, featuring the 12 lowest ranked teams in the tournament competing for just four spots in the Group Stages.

LoL is the most popular esport in terms of viewership and number of players and fans, and the game has become a phenomenon around the globe, with millions playing the game, many millions more watching streams and tuning in every year to watch the World Championships.

Over the last few years more people have watched the LoL World Championship Final globally than have tuned in to the Super Bowl.

As Esports tournaments go, this is about the biggest there is in terms of broad mass appeal and while it is not the richest esports tournament in terms of prize money – that honour goes to Dota 2’s unofficial World Championships, The International – there are still millions of dollars to be won by the top performing teams.

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In this article, we are going to explain more about League of Legends and its World Championship, as well as examine the past history of the event, and learn a bit more about how the tournament is structured and which teams are going to take part.

If you are new to League of Legends, then the YouTube Video below is a good place to start to learn a little more about the basics of the game.

You can also read our get-to-know article about the site by following the link.

Bet365 Sport offers an extensive range of pre-match, outright and In Play betting on the tournament and its scheduled matches and you will find a wide range of bets available right through from the 29th September until the completion of the tournament and the crowning of the new Champions on the 5th November.

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So assuming you know the basics of League of Legends, let’s now crack on with a look at how teams can qualify for the Worlds and how the 2022 World Championships will be structured.

League of Legends 2022 Worlds – Qualifying & Worlds Structure

LoL Worlds Qualifying Campaign

A total of 28 teams qualified for this years LoL Worlds through competing in one of 12 different regional qualifiers, with the exception of a representative from the CIS (Russia) region, which has not been invited to send a team to this event.

The 12 regions played through a two phase qualification, starting with the Spring Split earlier in the year, followed by the Summer Split.

Results in both these events determine which teams from each region will qualify for the World Championships.

The 12 regions that offer a route into the LoL World Finals are:

  • LCK – South Korea
  • LCS – North America
  • LEC – Europe
  • LPL – China
  • PCS – Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia
  • VCS – Vietnam
  • CBLOL – Brazil
  • LCO – Oceania
  • LCL – Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
  • LJL – Japan
  • LLA – Latin America
  • TCL – Turkey

With the CIS (Russia) LCL not sending a team this year, their place in the Worlds Finals was allocated to another LEC Europe team due to their strong performances in recent World Championship events.

The finals are traditionally held at a different venue and in different regions each year and this year, the Play In will be played in Mexico City, with the remainder of the tournament being played in the United States.

The LoL World Championships 2022 – Structure

The 2022 League of Legends World Championship may well feature a brand-new Summoners Cup trophy to be presented to the winner, but the format will be familiar to those fans that have watched previous World Championship tournaments in recent times.

In this section we will also learn who the 24 qualifiers are and when they will start their campaign to be crowned the next LoL World Champions.

Phase 1 – The Play-In

The Play-In Phase of the tournament begins on the 29th September and features 12 teams, which have been drawn via their seedings into two groups of six.

The groups for the Play-In are as follows:

Group A

  • Fnatic (Eur)
  • Beyond Gaming (Tai)
  • DetonatioN FocusMe (Jap)
  • Evil Geniuses (US)
  • LOUD (Brz)
  • Chiefs Sports Club (Oce)

Group B

  • DRX (S.Ko)
  • Royal Never Give Up (Chn)
  • Saigon Buffalo (Tha)
  • MAD Lions (Eur)
  • Istanbul Wildcats (Tur)
  • Isurus (Lat Am)

Each team will play the other team in their group once in a Best of One format game with the final table being decided after all Group games have been played.

The top two teams in each Group will earn a place in Phase 2 of the World Championship, the Group Stage.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams in each group will then play-off in a knockout tournament to decide which of them reach the finals, with the 2nd placed team in the Group Stage seeded through to the play-off final to face the winner of the match between. the 3rd and 4th placed teams.

A total of four teams will make it through form this stage into the Group Stage.  

Phase 2 – The Group Stage

The four qualifiers from the Play In now join the other 12 teams seeded directly into the Group Stages and they will face off across four groups of four teams.

The Group Draw for this phase is as follows, with the Play In teams to be allocated into the respective groups once the Play In phase is completed.

Group Stage Draw

Group A

  • Cloud9 (US)
  • T1 (S.Kor)
  • Edward Gaming (Chn)
  • Play In Qualifier

Group B

  • JD Gaming (Chn)
  • G2 Esports (Eur)
  • DWG KIA (S.Kor)
  • Play In Qualifier

Group C

  • Rogue (Eur)
  • Top Esports (Chn)
  • GAM Esports (SEA)
  • Play In Qualifier

Group D

  • Gen.G (S.Kor)
  • CTBC Flying Oyster (Tai)
  • 100 Thieves (US)
  • Play In Qualifier

In the Group Phase, teams play each other twice in best-of-one matches to decide which two teams from each group make it through to Phase 3 of the tournament, the Knockout competition.

Phase 3 – The Knockout Stage (Quarter Finals, Semi Finals & Final)

The knockout phase will see the remaining teams drawn against each other via their seeds with a best-of-three match between the two deciding who wins and goes on to the next stage.

That continues until the final is contested on the 5th November and the next winner of the Summoner’s Cup is known.

The team lucky enough to win the tournament will take home a big prize of the lion’s share of $2.25m and they will join an illustrious list of teams to have won the tournament previously.

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League of Legends World Championships Finals History

YearVenueWinnerScoreRunner Up3rd/4th Place Teams
2011JonkopingFnatic (Eur)2-1Against All Authority (Eur)Team SoloMid (US) Epik Gamer (US)
2012Los AngelesTaipei Assassins (Tpi)3-1Azubu Frost (Jap)CLG Europe (Eur) Moscow Five (Rus)
2013Culver City & Los AngelesSK Telecom T1 (S.Ko)3-0Royal Club (Chn)Fnatic (Eur) Najin Black Sword (S.Ko)
2014Singapore, Taipei, Busan, SeoulSamsung White (S.Ko)3-1Star Horn Royal Club (Chn)OMG (Chn) Samsung Blue (S.Ko)
2015Paris, London, Brussels, BerlinSK Telecom T1 (S.Ko)3-1KOO Tigers (S.Ko)Fnatic (Eur) Origen (Eur)
2016San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Los AngelesSK Telecom T1 (S.Ko)3-2Samsung GalaxyH2k-Gaming (Eur) ROX Tigers (S.Ko)
2017Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai, BeijingSamsung Galaxy (S.Ko)3-0SK Telecom T1 (S.Ko)Royal Never Give Up (Chn) Team WE (Chn)
2018Seoul, Busan, Gwangju, IncheonInvictus Gaming (Chn)3-0Fnatic (Eur)Cloud9 (US) G2 Esports (Eur)
2019Berlin, Madrid, ParisFun Plus Phoenix (Chn)3-0G2 Esports (Eur)Invictus Gaming (Chn) SK Telecom T1 (S.Ko)
2020ShanghaiDamwon Gaming (S.Ko)3-1Suning (Chn)G2 Esports (Eur) Top Esports (Chn)
2021ReykjavikEdward Gaming (Chn)3-2DWG KIA (S.Ko)T1 (S.Ko) Gen.G (S.Ko)
2022Mexico, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco   

League Of Legends Winning Teams

  1. T1 (formerly SK Telecom T1) – 3 wins
  2. Gen.G (formerly Samsung White) – 2 wins
  3. Fnatic, DWG KIA, Invictus Gaming, J Team, FunPlus Phoenix, Edward Gaming – 1 win

Bet365 is offering a wide selection of bets on all games from the Play-In through to the Final, as well as extensive futures, pre match and In-Play betting on the games taking place in the tournament. Tune in over the next six weeks or so to enjoy some fantastic esports betting action at the world’s biggest esports tournament!