League of Legends

How to watch $200k TFT Galaxies Championship: streams, schedule, players

Published: 31/Aug/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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The first major international Teamfight Tactics tournament, the Galaxies Championship, is set to kick off on September 3. 16 of the best players from around the world will put their skills to the test in the Convergence, with $200,000 on the line.

TFT esports is a tiny, budding scene, dwarfed by other Riot titles like Valorant and League of Legends. However, the developer is still looking to help support the best players across the world.

The TFT Galaxies Championship to mark the end of Set 3 is the first major international endeavor in the game’s 18 month history. 16 players from across the globe will have the chance to prove themselves as not only their region’s best TFT player, but the best in the world.

The TFT Galaxies Championship will take place over two days. The first day will split the top 16 into two different lobbies. They’ll play five games, with the top four from each lobby at the end of the day making it to the final day.

The finals will work a bit differently though. It’ll be a race to 18 points ⁠— equal to three third-places, or a win and a second-place, for example ⁠— to get to Championship Point. Then, all that needs to happen is win a game. Claim victory, and that player will then claim the crown and a lion’s share of the prize pool.

TFT Galaxies Championship stream

The TFT Galaxies Championship will be streamed on the Riot Games Twitch channel, as well as the LoL Esports YouTube channel. For your convenience, we’ve embedded the two streams below.

Who’s playing in the TFT Galaxies Championship?

The TFT Galaxies Championship features 16 of the best players from across China, Europe, North America, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Latin America, Oceania, and Turkey. They have all shown their prowess within their home regions ⁠— but now is their time to shine on the world stage.

  • achen (China)
  • juanzi (China)
  • Alphago (China)
  • KC Double61 (France)
  • Lev D Trotskij (Denmark)
  • Voltariux (France)
  • Mismatched Socks (USA)
  • bobae (Korea)
  • panda (Korea)
  • Shoemaker (Japan)
  • Hazte (Brazil)
  • ITZ Slooper (Brazil)
  • Cupiditas (Argentina)
  • Calcifer (Mexico)
  • Oubo (Australia)
  • Adastra (Turkey)

TFT Galaxies Championship schedule

The TFT Galaxies Championship will kick off on September 3 at 8am PT. There isn’t a firm schedule locked in yet, but once there’s one finalized, we will let you know.

TFT Galaxies Championship Qualifier graphic
Riot Games
The TFT Galaxies Global Championship has been running for a month now, with regional qualifiers taking place in August.

The second day of action on September 4 will kick off a bit later at 11am PT. The same goes for the third day on September 5, where eight of the biggest TFT personalities will be debuting the new Fates set for everyone.

League of Legends

Several iconic LoL players set to miss LCS Lock In due to visa issues

Published: 13/Jan/2021 16:52 Updated: 13/Jan/2021 18:32

by Lauren Bergin

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With the LCS Lock In only a few days away, several of League of Legends’ most iconic players will be unable to play in the NA tournament due to visa issues. 

It’s safe to say that the way that we approach esports has changed over the past year. 2020 saw the esports world revert back to playing online and having to cope with all the associated issues.

Moving into 2021 chaos still reigns however, with League of Legends being heavily affected by current travel restrictions. The LCS Lock In, the newest addition to the North American LoL scene, begins on January 15 and has already seen some serious issues.

The biggest of these are that several LCS players will not be able to play in the tournament due to visa problems, which will leave multiple teams without their star players.

LCS Lock In 2021
Riot Games / Dexerto
The LCS Lock In will be forced to start without some of its biggest stars.

Which players can’t play at LCS Lock In?

The list of star players that can’t compete in the Lock In leg of the tournament is pretty extensive, and it’s one that leaves you cringing for the teams affected.

CLG are one of the squads that have been hit the hardest. With star jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen and former Rogue top-laner Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål having complications, their new and improved lineup has lost it’s two brightest stars.

The same applies to Team Liquid, who picked up former FlyQuest jungler and standout performer Lucas ‘Santorin’ Tao Kilmer Larsson in the off season. Subject to travel restrictions once more, TL are in a pretty sticky spot.

Speaking of FlyQuest, they’re not out of the woods either. One of our players to watch, Brandon Joel ‘Josedeodo’ Villegas’ triumphant return to the Rift has also been delayed.

A full list, including Academy players who are facing the same issue can be found here:

Team Player
100 Thieves Luger
Cloud9 N/A
CLG Finn, Broxah, Thien, Katsurii
Dignitas Spawn, JayJ
Evil Geniuses Tony Top, Jojopyun, Shoryu, Mystiques
FlyQuest Josedeodo, Dreams
Golden Guardians Tally, Yunbee, Chime
Immortals Raes, Destiny, Topoon, Pretty
Team Liquid Santorin
TSM Yursan

Watch Now: Can Perkz & Cloud9 Steal the Show? Amazing Previews LCS Lock In


What does this mean for the event?

While it’s not the best start to the 2020 season for CLG, Liquid and Flyquest, the positive is that we’ll get to see some new players take to Summoner’s Rift.

Jonathan ‘Armao’ Armao (formerly ‘Grig’) will be back on the LCS stage in place of Santorin, while  Colin ‘Solo’ Earnest and Ryan ‘Keel’ Keel will replace Broxah and Finn respectively. Flyquest are yet to replace their star jungler.

The situation is pretty unfortunate, especially because the Lock In marked the debut for many of these players on the LCS stage. We’ll keep this article updated with any new details that release, but until then we’ll have to wait a little longer to see some of our favorite players.