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Legends of Runeterra Announces World Championship

Today Riot has officially announced the Legends of Runeterra World Championship! The plans to kick off the yearly event that is meant as the pinnacle of the LoR competition have been teased earlier this year, but now we’ve got an official press release with the first details on the format.

First, 64 players from each of the Americas, Europe, and Asia, as well as several ranked and seasonal tournament participants, will compete in World Championship qualifiers that will take place in September 2021.

Then, 16 best players from qualifiers will advance to the World Championship finals with a $200,000 prize pool at stake. The finals will consist of a group stage featuring 4-player round robins, and the top two finishers from each group will move to the single-elimination playoffs where the fate of the trophy will be decided.

Check out the official press release cited below in full for more details about the format (source). We’ll get more info about the event, its structure, and participants later this year.


The Pinnacle of LoR, Bringing Together the Best Players to Compete for Fame and Glory

Nearly one year ago, Legends of Runeterra was officially released around the world. Over the past year, we’ve seen players develop decks and skills that have completely redefined the way LoR is played at its highest level. Towards the end of 2020, we introduced Seasonal Tournaments as our next step in elevating competitive LoR; we’ve been thrilled to see thousands of players battle it out to earn the title of Seasonal Tournament champion in the Monuments of Power and Cosmic Creation seasons. Today, we are excited to announce our greatest competitive milestone yet; the Legends of Runeterra World Championship – a major global event that provides a new opportunity for fans and players alike to engage like never before, pushing competitive LoR play to new heights. The World Championship qualifiers and finals will take place this September.

64 players from each of the Americas, Europe and Asia as well as several ranked and seasonal tournament participants will compete for seats in the World Championship finals and a $200,000 prize pool.

  • 64 players from Americas will compete for 6 seats in the finals
  • 64 players from Europe will compete for 5 seats in the finals
  • 64 players from Asia will be combined with 64 players from SEA to compete for 5 seats in the finals

Competitors can qualify for the World Championship in one of 3 ways based on either Seasonal Tournament or Ranked performance. Players will retroactively receive ranked points based on their performance from the Monuments of Power and Cosmic Creation seasons as well. A list of top players and their point totals will be available on the official Legends of Runeterra website, and will be updated after each Seasonal Tournament:

  • 22 from Ranked:
    • Points will be awarded based on your final rank at the end of each season
      • Points are only awarded to Master rank players
    • The top 22 players on each shard by the cutoff will earn a seat for the World Championship qualifiers
    • A player’s score is determined based on their best placement in 2 out of the 5 seasons leading up to the World Championship
  • 20 from Seasonal Tournament finalists:
    • The top 4 players from each shard’s 5 Seasonal Tournaments will be guaranteed a seat in the World Championship qualifiers
    • Any duplicates will pass their seat to a qualifier based on Seasonal Tournament Points
  • 22 from Seasonal Tournament Points
    • Points are granted based on performance in each Seasonal Tournament
      • One point will be awarded per game won in both the Open Rounds and Playoffs phase of the Seasonal Tournament
    • Points from all Seasonal Tournaments from Empires of the Ascended onward will be combined into a single total

After 16 finalists have proven themselves as the best of the best in their region, we move on to the World Championship finals – where $200,000 will be on the line for the top performing competitors. These players will then compete in a group stage featuring 4-player round robins. The top two finishers from each group will then advance to the final, single-elimination stage to crown LoR’s very first World Champion.

As we get closer to the event, we’ll be releasing more about qualified participants, broadcast details, and additional information about the tournament, so be sure to stay tuned here and on official Legends of Runeterra social channels.


Rainmaker’s love for Legends of Runeterra was born from his passion for Magic: The Gathering and League of Legends. His aspiration is to enjoy and improve in all the aspects of LoR - be it brewing, tuning, piloting, or drafting - and report all of his experiences along the way!

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