Updated on September 29, 8:10 p.m. (GMT+8): Added Group Stage schedule.

The land of the free, a redesigned trophy, and Lil Nas X — Worlds 2022 is looking to be pretty epic!

After two years of practicing a hybrid bubble setup due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LoL Esports is heading to the streets of North America for this year’s League of Legends World Championship. The tournament will run for more than a month, kicking off in Mexico and concluding in California.

Ahead of the tournament, Riot Games teamed up with luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. to give the iconic Summoner’s Cup championship trophy a modern look and a more ergonomic form using “sterling silver, fine silver, stainless steel, brass, and wood” according to the video game company.

Before the winning team lifts the redesigned trophy, American pop star and Montero singer Lil Nas X will grace the Finals stage on November 5 to perform the official Worlds 2022 anthem, Star Walkin’.

We know you’re dying for the tournament to begin, so here’s everything you need to know about League of Legends Worlds 2022, including its full schedule, participating teams, format, prize pool, and where to watch its livestreams.


What is League of Legends Worlds 2022?

Worlds is the annual League of Legends World Championship. It is organized by developers Riot Games, and it is the largest global tournament in LoL esports.

This year, a total of 24 teams from around the globe will compete for the coveted Summoner’s Cup championship trophy, the lion’s share of over US$2 million prize pool, and the 12th world championship title.


Worlds 2022 schedule, standings, and results

Worlds 2022 theme "One and Only"
Credit: Riot Games

Worlds 2022 will take place from September 29 to November 5.

The Play-Ins Stage will run from September 29 to October 4, while Group Stage will run from October 7 to 10, and 13 to 16. All dates and times are in GMT, GMT+8, and PST.

The Knockout Stage is scheduled as follows:

  • Quarterfinals: October 20 to 23
  • Semifinals: October 29 to 30
  • Grand final: November 5

Play-In Stage standings

GROUP AGROUP B
Fnatic (4-1)DRX (5-0)
Evil Geniuses (5-2)Royal Never Give Up (4-1)
LOUD (3-3)MAD Lions (3-2)
DetonatioN FocusMe (3-3)Saigon Buffalo (2-3)
Beyond Gaming (2-3)Isurus (1-4)
Chiefs Esports Club (0-5)Istanbul Wildcats (0-5)

Play-Ins schedule and results

Day 1

TEAMRESULTTEAM
Isurus0 — 1MAD Lions
Fnatic1 — 0Evil Geniuses
LOUD0 — 1Beyond Gaming
MAD Lions1 — 0Istanbul Wildcats
Chiefs Esports Club0 — 1Fnatic
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1LOUD
Saigon Buffalo1 — 0Istanbul Wildcats
DRX1 — 0Royal Never Give Up

Day 2

TEAMRESULTTEAM
Fnatic1 — 0DetonatioN FocusMe
Evil Geniuses1 — 0LOUD
Saigon Buffalo1 — 0Isurus
DetonatioN FocusMe1 — 0Chiefs Esports Club
Evil Geniuses1 — 0Beyond Gaming
DRX1 — 0Saigon Buffalo
MAD Lions0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
Istanbul Wildcats0 — 1DRX

Day 3

TEAMRESULTTEAM
LOUD1 — 0Fnatic
MAD Lions1 — 0Saigon Buffalo
Beyond Gaming0 — 1DetonatioN FocusMe
Evil Geniuses1 — 0Chiefs Esports Club
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0Isurus
Chiefs Esports Club0 — 1Beyond Gaming
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0Istanbul Wildcats
Isurus0 — 1DRX


Day 4

TEAMRESULTTEAM
Beyond Gaming0 — 1Fnatic
LOUD1 — 0Chiefs Esports Club
DetonatioN FocusMe1 — 0Evil Geniuses
Istanbul Wildcats0 — 1Isurus
DRX1 — 0MAD Lions
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0Saigon Buffalo
Evil Geniuses1 — 0DetonatioN FocusMe
LOUD0 — 1Evil Geniuses

Fnatic and DRX have qualified for the Worlds 2022 Group Stage.

Day 5

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
Saigon BuffaloOctober 3, 11 a.m. PST | 6 p.m. GMT | October 4, 2 a.m. GMT+8MAD Lions
DetonatioN FocusMeOctober 3, 4 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 4, 7 a.m. GMT+8LOUD

Day 6

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
Evil GeniusesOctober 4, 11 a.m. PST | 6 p.m. GMT | October 5, 2 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Royal Never Give UpOctober 4, 4 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 5, 7 a.m. GMT+8TBA

Group Stage standings

GROUP AGROUP BGROUP CGROUP D
Cloud9 (0-0)JD Gaming (0-0)Rogue (0-0)Gen.G (0-0)
T1 (0-0)G2 Esports (0-0)Top Esports (0-0)CTBC Flying Oyster (0-0)
Edward Gaming (0-0)DWG KIA (0-0)GAM Esports (0-0)100 Thieves (0-0)
TBA (0-0)TBA (0-0)TBA (0-0)TBA (0-0)

Group Stage schedule and results

Day 1

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
Cloud9October 7, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 8, 5 a.m. GMT+8TBA
G2 EsportsOctober 7, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 8, 6 a.m. GMT+8DWG KIA
CTBC Flying OysterOctober 7, 4 p.m. PST | October 8, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8100 Thieves
JD GamingOctober 7, 5 p.m. PST | October 8, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8TBA
T1October 7, 6 p.m. PST | October 8, 2 a.m. GMT | 9 a.m. GMT+8Edward Gaming
Gen.GOctober 7, 7 p.m. PST | October 8, 3 a.m. GMT | 10 a.m. GMT+8TBA

Day 2

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
RogueOctober 8, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 9, 5 a.m. GMT+8TBA
G2 EsportsOctober 8, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 9, 6 a.m. GMT+8TBA
T1October 8, 4 p.m. PST | October 9, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Edward GamingOctober 8, 5 p.m. PST | October 9, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8Cloud9
Top EsportsOctober 8, 6 p.m. PST | October 9, 2 a.m. GMT | 9 a.m. GMT+8GAM Esports
DWG KIAOctober 8, 7 p.m. PST | October 9, 3 a.m. GMT | 10 a.m. GMT+8JD Gaming

Day 3

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
GAM EsportsOctober 9, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 10, 5 a.m. GMT+8Rogue
100 ThievesOctober 9, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 10, 6 a.m. GMT+8Gen.G
Edward GamingOctober 9, 4 p.m. PST | October 10, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8TBA
T1October 9, 5 p.m. PST | October 10, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8Cloud9
CTBC Flying OysterOctober 9, 6 p.m. PST | October 10, 2 a.m. GMT | 9 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Top EsportsOctober 9, 7 p.m. PST | October 10, 3 a.m. GMT | 10 a.m. GMT+8TBA

Day 4

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
JD GamingOctober 10, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 11, 5 a.m. GMT+8G2 Esports
RogueOctober 10, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 11, 6 a.m. GMT+8Top Esports
DWG KIAOctober 10, 4 p.m. PST | October 11, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8TBA
100 ThievesOctober 10, 5 p.m. PST | October 11, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Gen.GOctober 10, 6 p.m. PST | October 11, 2 a.m. GMT | 9 a.m. GMT+8CTBC Flying Oyster
GAM EsportsOctober 10, 7 p.m. PST | October 11, 3 a.m. GMT | 10 a.m. GMT+8TBA

Day 5

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
Cloud9October 13, 12 p.m. PST | 8 p.m. GMT | October 14, 3 a.m. GMT+8TBA
T1October 13, 1 p.m. PST | 9 p.m. GMT | October 14, 4 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Cloud9October 13, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 14, 5 a.m. GMT+8Edward Gaming
T1October 13, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 14, 6 a.m. GMT+8Cloud9
Edward GamingOctober 13, 4 p.m. PST | October 14, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Edward GamingOctober 13, 5 p.m. PST | October 14, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8T1

Day 6

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
G2 EsportsOctober 14, 12 p.m. PST | 8 p.m. GMT | October 15, 3 a.m. GMT+8TBA
JD GamingOctober 14, 1 p.m. PST | 9 p.m. GMT | October 15, 4 a.m. GMT+8TBA
DWG KIAOctober 14, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 15, 5 a.m. GMT+8G2 Esports
G2 EsportsOctober 14, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 15, 6 a.m. GMT+8JD Gaming
DWG KIAOctober 14, 4 p.m. PST | October 15, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8TBA
JD GamingOctober 14, 5 p.m. PST | October 15, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8DWG KIA

Day 7

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
RogueOctober 15, 12 p.m. PST | 8 p.m. GMT | October 16, 3 a.m. GMT+8GAM Esports
GAM EsportsOctober 15, 1 p.m. PST | 9 p.m. GMT | October 16, 4 a.m. GMT+8Top Esports
RogueOctober 15, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 16, 5 a.m. GMT+8TBA
GAM EsportsOctober 15, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 16, 6 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Top EsportsOctober 15, 4 p.m. PST | October 16, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8Rogue
Top EsportsOctober 15, 5 p.m. PST | October 16, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8TBA

Day 8

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
100 ThievesOctober 16, 12 p.m. PST | 8 p.m. GMT | October 17, 3 a.m. GMT+8CTBC Flying Oyster
CTBC Flying OysterOctober 16, 1 p.m. PST | 9 p.m. GMT | October 17, 4 a.m. GMT+8Gen.G
100 ThievesOctober 16, 2 p.m. PST | 10 p.m. GMT | October 17, 5 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Gen.GOctober 16, 3 p.m. PST | 11 p.m. GMT | October 17, 6 a.m. GMT+8100 Thieves
CTBC Flying OysterOctober 16, 4 p.m. PST | October 17, 12 a.m. GMT | 7 a.m. GMT+8TBA
Gen.GOctober 16, 5 p.m. PST | October 17, 1 a.m. GMT | 8 a.m. GMT+8TBA

Quarterfinals schedule and results

Day 1

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
TBAOctober 20TBA

Day 2

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
TBAOctober 21TBA

Day 3

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
TBAOctober 22TBA

Day 4

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
TBAOctober 23TBA

Semifinals schedule and results

Day 1

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
TBAOctober 29TBA

Day 2

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
TBAOctober 30TBA

Finals schedule and results

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
TBANovember 5TBA

(To be updated)


Format of Worlds 2022

LoL Worlds 2022 dates announcement
Credit: Riot Games

The competition has three stages: Play-In Stage, Group Stage, and the Knockout Stage.

Play-In Stage

All 12 participating teams have been divided into two groups of six during the draw show. The first seed of CBLOL, LJL, LCO, LLA, and TCL, the second seed of PCS and VCS, the third seed of LCS and LEC, and the fourth seed of LCK, LEC, and LPL regions are among the 12.

The top team of each group immediately qualifies for the Group Stage.

The second, third, and fourth-placed teams in each group will advance to the second round of Play-Ins, where matches will be played in best-of-fives. Two winners will advance to the Group Stage.

Group Stage

A total of 16 teams, including the four that qualified from the Play-In Stage, have been drawn into four groups of four (A, B, C, and D).

Among these Group Stage teams are the first and second seed of LCK, LPL, LEC, and LCS regions, and the first seed of PCS and VCS.

The Group Stage will be played in a double round-robin best-of-one format. The top two teams in each group will advance to the Knockout Stage while the bottom two teams will be eliminated.

Knockout Stage

The remaining eight teams will play in a single-elimination bracket where first placed-teams will face off second-placed teams from another group in a best-of-five series.

Worlds 2022 patch

Worlds 2022 will be played on patch 12.18.


Teams competing at Worlds 2022

Since the CIS region (League of Legends Continental League) will not be able to send a representative to Worlds 2022, Riot Games has granted the European league (LEC) a fourth slot.

LEC “has had the best performance during international events over the past two years, but does not already have four team berths” according to an official statement by LoL Esports.

REGIONTEAM
LCK (Korea)Gen.G
T1
DWG KIA
DRX
LCS (North America)100 Thieves
Cloud9
Evil Geniuses
LEC (Europe)G2 Esports
Rogue
MAD Lions
Fnatic
LPL (China)Top Esports
JD Gaming
Edward Gaming
Royal Never Give Up
PCS (Pacific Asia)CTBC Flying Oyster
Beyond Gaming
LJL (Japan)DetonatioN FocusMe
TCL (Turkey)Istanbul Wildcats
VCS (Vietnam)Saigon Buffalo
GAM Esports
LLA (Latin America)Isurus
LCO (Oceania)The Chiefs
CBLOL (Brazil)LOUD

Where will Worlds 2022 be held?

Teams at Worlds 2019 in Paris, France
Credit: Riot Games

League of Legends Worlds 2022 will be held in the following venues, touring parts of North America:

STAGELOCATIONS
Play-InsArena Esports Stadium at Artz Pedregal in Mexico City, Mexico
GroupsHulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City
QuarterfinalsHulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City
SemifinalsState Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
FinalsChase Center in San Francisco, California

Worlds 2022 prize pool

Worlds 2022’s initial prize pool is US$2,225,000.

(To be updated)


Where to watch Worlds 2022?

Worlds 2021 trophy
Credit: Riot Games/Getty Images

League of Legends esports fans can watch the 2022 World Championship matches live on Riot Games’ official channels on Twitch and YouTube.


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