This year, history is on the line as we take our global events to some of our most established competitive regions. Following our record-breaking 2017 World Championship in China, we’re proud to be hosting the Mid-Season Invitational for the first time in Germany and France, before bringing the 2018 World Championship back to the home turf of five of the past seven World Championship winners: Korea. In between MSI and Worlds, regions will battle it out at Rift Rivals events taking place all over the globe, and we will cap off the year with the All-Star Event.
The 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, our first global event of the year, is heading to Europe! While EU was the host region for the 2014 All-Star, the 2015 World Championship, and the 2016 All-Star Event, this will be the first time EU hosts MSI. We will be holding both Play-Ins and Groups at the revamped EU LCS studio, before heading to Zenith Paris - La Villette for Knockouts.
Below is the schedule and outline of the cities we’ll be visiting:
PLAY-IN & GROUP STAGE
MAY 03-06 08-09 11-15
EU LCS STUDIO - BERLIN, GERMANY
ZENITH PARIS LA VILLETTE - PARIS, FRANCE
Tickets will go on sale within the next several weeks.
RIFT RIVALS 2018
In the spirit of rivalry, the host regions of the 5 Rift Rivals events will rotate this year. The events will take place during the week of July 2-8 as follows:
NORTH AMERICA VS. EUROPE
HOSTED IN USA
CHINA VS. KOREA VS. LMS
HOSTED IN CHINA
BRAZIL VS. LATAM NORTH VS. LATAM SOUTH
HOSTED IN BRAZIL
OCEANIA VS. SOUTHEAST ASIA VS. JAPAN
HOSTED IN AUSTRALIA
VIETNAM VS. RUSSIA VS. TURKEY
HOSTED IN VIETNAM
Moving forward, Vietnam will have independent representation at international events. Vietnam (VCS) will be grouped with Turkey (TCL) and CIS (LCL) for Rift Rivals, and Southeast Asia (GPL) will remain grouped with Oceania (OPL) and Japan (LJL). This will allow us to keep clusters to no more than 3 regions and maintain competitive parity within clusters.
Stay tuned for more information regarding host cities and venues in the coming weeks!
As the reigning champions of the competitive League of Legends landscape, and pioneers in the world of esports, Korea will be the host region of the entirety of the 2018 World Championship. This year, 24 teams will compete for the Summoner’s Cup across multiple cities and venues throughout Korea.
Stay tuned for more information regarding host cities and venues in the coming weeks.
ALL-STAR EVENT 2018
From 2016’s light-hearted Barcelona blowout, to 2017’s competitive showing in Los Angeles, we’re always looking to improve and iterate on what an end-of-year All-Star Event really means for fans and pro players. This year, the All-Star Event will be returning to North America, and we’ll have more details as to format and focus down the road.