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LoL Worlds 2020 reportedly going ahead on LAN with “bubble hub” format

Published: 10/Jul/2020 2:11 Updated: 10/Jul/2020 4:20

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games is reportedly planning to host the 2020 League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) in a single-city, bubble hub format this year, after China’s top sports body confirmed almost all remaining international sporting events would be canceled or suspended.

The League of Legends developers are reportedly already in discussions to hold this year’s top international event in a “bubble hub” format, similar to other major sporting leagues like the NBA, Premier League, and Formula 1.

Riot would bring all 24 qualified teams to Shanghai, where the final was originally set to be hosted this year, weeks prior to the tournament start date, ESPN has suggested. All participating players would be quarantined in the same hotel for the duration of the event, close to the contained matchday venue.

The move comes after The Associated Press initially reported China had made the decision to not stage any international sports events for the rest of 2020. While LoL is not technically included in this ruling, Riot will still follow the same procedures.

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Paris’ AccorHotels Arena hit its 20,000 spectator capacity as FunPlus Phoenix dismantled G2 Esports in three at last year’s Worlds final.

The localized plans are certainly a smaller scale model than the six-city event Riot originally had planned to celebrate their MOBA title’s 10th competitive anniversary. The format has had major success in other domestic codes, however.

Formula 1 kick-started their 2020 championship last weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria with a crowdless race. Only the 20 grid race drivers, essential operating staff, and Sky Sports media were permitted in the event’s paddock.

The English Premier League adopted a similar “bubble hub” format to facilitate its return in the UK last month. Liverpool were crowned champions for the first time in 30 years in front of an empty stadium. The NBA will also re-start on July 30 under similar circumstances, with all games to be played at Walt Disney World.

The 2020 League of Legends World Championship will have to cut crowds to manage the
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The 2020 League of Legends World Championship will have to cut crowds to manage the “bubble hub” format.

Reports are also suggesting China would be handed the 2021 World Championship, to make up for their stripped-down event this year. That would mean the 2022 edition would be hosted by North America, who are currently in line for next year’s event.

At this time, no League teams have qualified for Worlds 2020. The LPL and LEC will send four representatives. Other major leagues, including LCK ⁠— who, as a region, have won five times in nine events ⁠— and LCS, will send three.

Riot has yet to officially comment on the changing format for the 2020 World Championship circumstances. The League developers are expected to confirm new plans before the end of the domestic Summer season in September.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 – Undefeated Evil Geniuses shape as early favorites

Published: 18/Jan/2021 10:04 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 10:12

by Andrew Amos

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The League of Legends’ LCS is underway with the 2021’s Lock In. North America’s 10 best teams lock horns for bragging rights ahead of the Spring Split. Here’s the LCS Lock In standings, schedule, results & more to stay in the loop!


  • Evil Geniuses stay undefeated with win over Dignitas
  • CLG eliminated from Lock In playoff contention on Day 2
  • 100 Thieves bounce back with Liquid upset

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: Standings

Group A

Placements Team Games
1 100 Thieves 2 – 1
1 Team Liquid 2 – 1
1 TSM 2 – 1
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 2
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

Placements Team Games
1 Evil Geniuses 3 – 0
2 Cloud9 2 – 1
3 Dignitas 1 – 2
3 Immortals 1 – 2
5 FlyQuest 0 – 2

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

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)

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 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians 1 – 0 CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Perkz’s Cloud9 debut doesn’t go as planned

The first day of LCK Lock In action didn’t go as planned for Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Cloud9, losing their first match of 2021 to Evil Geniuses. His 4/7/2 performance on Yone disappointed many, as Deftly shone on Kai’Sa.

100 Thieves’ new roster got off to a strong start against a new-look TSM, while CLG are 0-2 in 2021, losing to both Liquid and the rookie Golden Guardians lineup. Although they are without Broxah and Finn, the team failed to live up to their legacy.

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 1 – 0 FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals 1 – 0 Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG 1 – 0 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Evil Geniuses last undefeated team at Lock In

After 100 Thieves fell down to a weakened CLG, Evil Geniuses remain the only undefeated team at Lock In. Their win against Immortals was dominant off the back of another great performance from Deftly and IgNar in bot.

Cloud9 came back strong after their disappointing loss to Evil Geniuses against FlyQuest with a near-perfect game, only losing one tower. TSM (against Golden Guardians) and Immortals (against Dignitas) also posted wins.

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid 0 – 1 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG 0 – 1 TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians – 1 Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Evil Geniuses overtake Liquid to claim ‘favorites’ mantle

Evil Geniuses have extended their undefeated streak to the end of the opening weekend, defeating Dignitas to secure a 3-0 record. Their lead was helped along by a 100 Thieves upset win over Liquid, with Can ‘Closer’ Çelik and Victor ‘FBI’ Huang dictating the mid-game in their team’s second win.

On the other end of the spectrum, Counter Logic Gaming has become the first team eliminated from playoff contention early on Day 2.

The roster — which is missing Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål and Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen due to visa issues — were punted after losing to arch-rivals TSM in a back and forth battle. Their 1-3 record leaves them without a chance to make finals.

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