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UK misses out on League of Legends Worlds 2019 – Locations, dates and more

Published: 20/Jun/2019 11:46 Updated: 20/Jun/2019 12:57

by Daniel Cleary


The locations, dates and format for the League of Legends World championship 2019 has finally been confirmed by Riot Games.

Worlds is considered to be the most prestigious event of the year for professional League of Legends players, where the top 24 teams from around the world face off against each other for the Summoner’s Cup.

This year the event will take place across three major European cities which have been confirmed as Berlin, Madrid and Paris, despite many fans believing that the major international tournament may stop in the United Kingdom, after 2015’s World Championship in Europe having included a stop at London’s Wembley Arena.

Riot GamesThe top teams at Worlds will battle it out for the Summoner’s Cup.

Play-Ins Stage for Worlds 2019

The tournament will feature 12 wildcard teams competing to qualify for groups in the Play-In Stage which will get underway in Berlin, at the LEC studio, on October 2 to kick off Worlds 2019.

The format for the Play-In stage has been altered from previous years, however, with the 3rd seeded Korean team now also having to fight their way to the Group Stages after years of having an automatic qualification due to the region’s dominance in the past.

The following teams will compete in the Play-In stage, with the top four teams advancing to the Group Stage:

  • CBLOL (Brazil) Team
  • LCL (Russia) Team
  • 3rd Seeded LCK (South Korea) Team
  • 3rd Seeded LCS (North America) Team
  • 3rd Seeded LEC (Europe) Team
  • LJL (Japan) Team
  • LLA (Latin America) Team
  • 3rd Seeded LMS ( Chinese Taipei ) Team
  • OPL (Australia ) Team
  • LST (Southeast Asia) Team
  • TCL (Turkey) Team
  • 2nd Seeded VCS (Vietnam) Team

Riot GamesThe full schedule for the League of Legends World Championship 2019.

Groups Stage

The Group stage of the World Championship will also be held in Berlin on October 12, although following the Play-In stages, the venue will be changed from the LEC studio to the Verti Music Hall.

The Group stages will have 12 teams from each of the major regions automatically qualified with the Chinese region getting the Korean’s former 3rd seed spot for Groups, following Invictus Gaming’s win at Worlds 2018.

The following teams will auto-qualify into the Group Stage:

  • 1st Seeded LCK (South Korea) Team
  • 2nd Seeded LCK (South Korea) Team
  • 1st Seeded LCS (North America) Team
  • 2nd Seeded LCS (North America) Team
  • 1st Seeded LEC (Europe) Team
  • 2nd Seeded LEC (Europe) Team
  • 1st Seeded LMS (Chinese Taipei) Team
  • 2nd Seeded LMS (Chiniese Taipei) Team
  • 1st Seeded LPL (China) Team
  • 2nd Seeded LPL (China) Team
  • 3rd Seeded LPL (China) Team
  • 1st Seeded VCS (Vietnam) Team
Riot GamesInvictus Gaming will be the reigning champions going into Worlds 2019.

Playoffs Stage

The top eight teams from the Group stage will qualify for the Quarterfinals and Semifinals Knock-Out stage which will take place on October 26th at the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain.

Much to French fan’s delights, The 2019 World Championship Finals are set to be held in Paris, France at the AccorHotels Arena, with the final game of the tournament getting underway on November 10.

Reigning World champions, Invictus Gaming, will likely have a hard time defending their title after their recent disappointment at MSI 2019 when they fell to Team Liquid in the Semifinals, although they are still expected to be one of the favorite teams leading into Worlds 2019.

Worlds 2019 is shaping up to be one of the most competitive international League of Legends events of all time with the rise of emerging regions and the gap between Korean teams closing after wins from European and Chinese teams at previous major events.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.