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LoL Worlds firsts – multiple records broken at the 2018 World Championship

Published: 29/Oct/2018 19:57 Updated: 29/Oct/2018 20:07

by Joe O'Brien

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This year’s League of Legends World Championship has seen streaks broken and records smashed.

Hailed by many as the most exciting iteration of the event to date, the 2018 World Championship has seen epic upsets, incredible intensity, and spectacular plays.

The rules of the past no longer seem to apply this year, and the result has been expectations subverted across the board. Streaks long enough to have become established as the permanent state of things no longer hold, and results that seemed like they might never occur have come to pass.

We’ve put together a list of some of the notable “Worlds firsts” that have been accomplished – or inflicted, in many cases – and the big streaks of success or failure that have now been broken.

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First World Championship without Team SoloMid in attendance.

The upsets began before Worlds had even started this year, as for the first time TSM – the only team to have appeared at every previous World Championship – missed out on qualifying.

The first Worlds final without a South Korean team in it since 2011.

Only one iteration of the “World Championship” – the Season One Championship in 2011 – has had a final without a South Korean team. The Season One Championship is also the only iteration of the tournament not to have featured any South Korean teams at all.

The first winning team not from South Korea since 2012.

In South Korea’s World Championship debut in 2012, Azubu Frost reached the final but were defeated by Taipei Assassins. Every title since then has been won by a South Korean representative, until now.

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Lowest peak placement for South Korean teams ever.

As should be clear from the previous two points, this is also the worst “peak placement” – ie the finish of the highest-placing team from the region – that South Korea has ever had at Worlds, with the last surviving LCK teams KT Rolster and Afreeca Freecs going out in the quarter-finals.

The first time a South Korean team has gone out in the group stage since 2013.

In 2013, the format only included two groups, with the top seeds from each region instead being drawn directly into the quarter-finals. Samsung Ozone were eliminated from one of the groups. Since the move to the four-group format in 2014, all three South Korean teams have reached the playoffs every year until now, with Gen.G Esports – reigning World Champions no less – falling in the group stage this year.

Cloud9 are the highest-placing NA team since 2011.

Reaching the semi-finals makes Cloud9 the joint best-placing NA team ever, although the other team to technically hold the accolade – Team SoloMid – did so in the Season One Championship, a very different environment to the World Championships of the more modern era.

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Cloud9 are the first western team to win a best-of-five over a South Korean team at Worlds.

South Korean teams haven’t always been flawless, but when they’ve fallen in the best-of-five bracket stages it has often been another South Korean team sending them home. Failing that, a Chinese or Taiwanese team might have been on the other side. Cloud9’s victory over Afreeca Freecs is the first time a western team has been responsible for a South Korean team going out in playoffs.

Fnatic are the first western finalist since 2011.

At the Season One Championship, it was an all-European final as Fnatic themselves beat Against All Authority to claim the title. Since then, however, no European or North American team has appeared in a final at Worlds until now, with one South Korea-Taiwan final, two South Korea-China finals, and three all-South Korean finals since.

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LPL 2021 Spring Split: EDward Gaming back on top

Published: 22/Jan/2021 13:22 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 13:24

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 10 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • EDward Gaming have returned to the top spot after a 2-0 win against JDG.
  • Bilibili Gaming crush Rogue Atoms 2-0.
  • RNG fall back into second place behind join first EDward Gaming and Team WE

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports 2-1 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE 2-1 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 schedule (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God 1-2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming 1-2 Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros 0-2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming 2-0 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning 0-2 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-2 Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God 0-2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom 0-2 BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports vs LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix vs Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors vs Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports vs Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, with Royal Never Give Up and Team WE leading the way, only having lost a match each.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 EDward Gaming 4-0 8-2
Team WE 4-0 8-2
3 Royal Never Give Up 3-0 6-1
4 LNG Esports 2-0 4-1
5 FunPlus Phoenix 2-1 5-2
6 Victory Five 2-1 5-4
7 Invictus Gaming 2-2 5-4
8 Billibili Gaming 2-2 5-5
8 eStar Gaming 2-2 5-5
10 Suning 1-2 3-4
10 Top Esports 1-2 3-4
12 JD Gaming 1-2 2-4
12 Rare Atom 1-2 2-4
14 Rogue Warriors 1-3 2-7
15 LGD Gaming 0-2 1-4
16 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-3 1-6
17 Oh My God 0-4 2-8

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod