League of Legends

League Worlds 2021 returns to China with Shenzhen final, multi-city tour

Published: 8/Jan/2021 16:03 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 16:06

by Andrew Amos

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The League of Legends World Championship is returning to China for the second year running in 2021, with Shenzhen announced as the host of the Grand Final. Riot also plans on bringing back the multi-city tour, depending on the current global crisis.

Riot has unveiled their esports plans for League of Legends in 2021, with the World Championship set to return to China. It’s the third time it’s been held in the country, and the second in as many years.

North America was previously expected to host the 2021 World Championship. However, Riot pushed the region’s fourth run as host until 2022 back in July.

Shenzhen skyline
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Shenzhen will be the host of the League of Legends Worlds 2020 Grand Final. The other touring cities are yet to be revealed.

Riot promised Chinese fans they would get a second crack at attending the World Championship after players were forced into a “bubble” until the Grand Final in 2020, which was held in Shanghai’s Pudong Football Stadium in front of 6,000 people.

Shenzhen will be the host of the Grand Finals of Worlds 2021 ⁠— the hallmark match of the tournament. The city on China’s south coast has never hosted any leg of the big dance before. It’s also home to LPL team Victory Five.

With travel restrictions pending, the League of Legends World Championship will return to a “grand multi-city tour” this year as well. Usually there’s four stops on the tour, but Riot are yet to release details on where Play-Ins, Groups, and Knockouts will be played.

After Korea’s DAMWON Gaming took home the Summoner’s Cup in 2020, there could be changes to the seeding for the World Championship too.

Damwon lift Summoners Cup at Worlds 2020
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DAMWON took home the Summoner’s Cup in 2020.

Historically, regions have been given seeds based on recent performances, and DAMWON’s win could secure Korea a fourth spot.

24 teams are still expected to attend the World Championship. Dates for the World Championship are yet to be confirmed. Traditionally, the event is held in October and November.

League of Legends

LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: 100 Thieves, Liquid start on top

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 0:48

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 100 Thieves smash TSM to open up their 2021 campaign at LCS Lock In.
  • Liquid do the same against CLG to sit atop Group A.
  • Cloud9 and Evil Geniuses kick off Group B next at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 vs Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas vs FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm