Iconic jewellery brand Tiffany’s designed and produced an all-new Summoner’s Cup for the 2022 World Championships in North America.
Gaming and designer luxury don’t immediately seem like a match made in heaven. But that’s a perception that Riot Games are looking to change.
After partnering with luxury clothing designer Louis Vuitton to create a custom trophy case for the 2021 World Championship, Riot Games have announced yet another designer partner for 2022.
They teamed up with iconic jewellery house Tiffany’s to create a redesign of their legendary Summoner’s Cup – the prize awarded to the League of Legends World Champion each year.
This isn’t Tiffanys’ first rodeo in the esports world – they’re also the designers of the Silver Dragon cup, awarded to the champions of the LPL. They’ve constructed sporting trophies for over 160 years, for events as prestigious as the US Tennis Open, the NBA finals, and the NFL Super Bowl.
A sleek, modern update for the Summoner’s Cup
The new Summoner’s Cup sees a minimalist take on one of League’s most iconic silhouettes. It incorporates the classic icons for each role in League of Legends, and its base is engraved with the rosters of every World Champion team from 2011 to 2021
According to Riot, the new trophy took over four months to make – with the final product weighing 44 pounds and standing at a little over two feet tall. The original Summoner’s Cup weighed in at a whopping 70 pounds, making it one of the heaviest in sporting history.
The Summoner’s Cup has remained the same since Worlds 2012, and this is the first redesign of the legendary trophy in ten years.
It’s unclear whether the numerous in-game skins in which the Summoner’s Cup appears will also receive a redesign. Multiple World Championship skins feature the cup in some small way – SSG Gnar eats noodles out of it in his adorable recall animation.