Worlds 2021, League of Legends’ biggest international tournament of the year, is finally here.

After two regular seasons of local and regional competition, 22 of the best teams will battle it out in Reykjavik, Iceland, the same city where the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational was held.

Reigning champions DAMWON KIA from the LCK are back, this time led by legendary head coach Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun who previously won three World Championships with SK Telecom T1. Can they defend their title, or will another team rise up?


What is League of Legends Worlds 2021?

The annual League of Legends World Championship organized by developers Riot Games is the largest global tournament in LoL esports.

This year, top teams from 11 regions will compete for the title of World Champion, prize money, and of course, the chance to lift the Summoner’s Cup — one of the most iconic trophies in esports.

Hundreds of League of Legends pro teams have been competing across the globe in two regular season splits throughout the year to earn points, or qualify through the Summer Split playoffs and regionals.



Worlds 2021 schedule, results, scores, standings

Worlds 2021 will take place from October 5 to November 6, 2021.

The Play-Ins Stage will run from October 5 to 9, while Group Stage will run from October 11 to 13, and 15 to 18. All dates and times are in GMT, GMT+8, and PST.

The Knockout Stage is scheduled as follows:

  • Quarterfinals: October 22 to 25
  • Semifinals: October 30 to 31
  • Grand final: November 6

Knockout Stage

Bracket of the Worlds 2021 Knockout Stage
Screenshot by Joseph Asuncion/ONE Esports

Quarterfinals results

TEAMSCORETEAM
Hanwha Life Esports0 — 2T1
Royal Never Give UpTBDEdward Gaming
DWG KIATBDMAD Lions
Gen.GTBDCloud9
  • Hanwha Life Esports vs T1 on October 22 at 12 p.m. GMT | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 5 a.m. PST
  • Royal Never Give Up vs Edward Gaming on October 23 at 12 p.m. GMT | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 5 a.m. PST
  • DWG KIA vs MAD Lions on October 24 at 12 p.m. GMT | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 5 a.m. PST
  • Gen.G vs Cloud9 on October 25 at 12 p.m. GMT | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 5 a.m. PST

Semifinals

  • TBD vs TBD on October 30 at 12 p.m. GMT | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 5 a.m. PST
  • TBD vs TBD on October 31 at 12 p.m. GMT | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 5 a.m. PST

Grand final

  • TBD vs TBD on November 6 at 12 p.m. GMT | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 5 a.m. PST

Group Stage

GROUP AGROUP BGROUP CGROUP D
DWG KIAEdward GamingPSG TalonMAD Lions
FunPlus Phoenix100 ThievesFnaticGen.G
RogueT1Royal Never Give UpTeam Liquid
Cloud9DetonatioN FocusMeHanwha Life EsportsLNG Esports

Group Stage standings

Results of the Worlds 2021 Group Stage
Screenshot by Joseph Asuncion/ONE Esports
GROUP AGROUP B
DWG KIA (6-0)T1 (5-1)
Cloud9 (3-4)Edward Gaming (4-2)
Rogue (3-5)100 Thieves (3-3)
FunPlus Phoenix (2-5)DetonatioN FocusMe (0-6)
GROUP CGROUP D
Royal Never Give Up (5-2)Gen.G (5-3)
Hanwha Life Esports (4-3)MAD Lions (4-4)
PSG Talon (3-3)LNG Esports (3-4)
Fnatic (1-5)Team Liquid (3-4)

Group Stage results

Day 1

TEAMSCORETEAM
DWG KIA1 — 0FunPlus Phoenix
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0PSG Talon
Hanwha Life Esports1 — 0Fnatic
LNG Esports0 — 1Gen.G
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1T1
Edward Gaming1 — 0100 Thieves
Team Liquid1 — 0MAD Lions
Cloud90 — 1Rogue

Day 2

TEAMSCORETEAM
T10 — 1Edward Gaming
Rogue0 — 1DWG KIA
PSG Talon1 — 0Hanwha Life Esports
Fnatic0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
Cloud90 — 1FunPlus Phoenix
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1100 Thieves
MAD Lions1 — 0Gen.G
Team Liquid0 — 1LNG Esports

Day 3

TEAMSCORETEAM
Hanwha Life Esports0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
LNG Esports1 — 0MAD Lions
FunPlus Phoenix1 — 0Rogue
PSG Talon1 — 0Fnatic
Gen.G1 — 0Team Liquid
Cloud90 — 1DWG KIA
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1Edward Gaming
100 Thieves0 — 1T1

Day 4, Group A

TEAMSCORETEAM
FunPlus Phoenix0 — 1DWG KIA
Cloud91 — 0Rogue
Cloud91 — 0FunPlus Phoenix
DWG KIA1 — 0Rogue
Rogue 1 — 0FunPlus Phoenix
Cloud90 — 1DWG KIA
[Tiebreaker 1] FunPlus Phoenix0 — 1Rogue
[Tiebreaker 2] Rogue0 — 1Cloud9

Day 5, Group B

TEAMSCORETEAM
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1Edward Gaming
T11 — 0100 Thieves
Edward Gaming0 — 1T1
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1100 Thieves
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1T1
100 Thieves1 — 0Edward Gaming

Day 6, Group C

TEAMSCORETEAM
Hanwha Life Esports1 — 0PSG Talon
Royal Never Give Up0 — 1Fnatic
PSG Talon0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
Hanwha Life Esports1 — 0Fnatic
Hanwha Life Esports1 — 0Royal Never Give Up
Fnatic0 — 1PSG Talon
[Tiebreaker] Hanwha Life Esports0 — 1Royal Never Give Up

Day 7, Group D

TEAMSCORETEAM
Gen.G1 — 0MAD Lions
LNG Esports0 — 1Team Liquid
LNG Esports1 — 0Gen.G
MAD Lions1 — 0Team Liquid
Team Liquid1 — 0Gen.G
LNG Esports0 — 1MAD Lions
[Tiebreaker 1] Team Liquid0 — 1Gen.G
[Tiebreaker 2] LNG Esports0 — 1MAD Lions
[Tiebreaker 3] Gen.G1 — 0MAD Lions

Play-In Stage Standings

GROUP A STANDINGSGROUP B STANDINGS
[Qualified] LNG Esports (4-0)[Qualified] Detonation FocusMe (4-1)
Hanwha Life Esports (3-1)Cloud9 (3-2)
PEACE (2-2) Galatasaray Esports (2-2)
RED Kalunga (1-3)Beyond Gaming (2-3)
[Eliminated] Infinity Esports (0-3)[Eliminated] Unicorns of Love (1-4)

Play-In Stage schedule, scores, and results

October 5 (Tuesday)

TEAMSCORETEAM
Hanwha Life Esports0 — 1LNG Esports
Infinity Esports0 — 1RED Kalunga
LNG Esports1 — 0PEACE
Hanwha Life Esports1 — 0Infinity Esports
Unicorns of Love0 — 1DetonatioN FocusMe

October 6 (Wednesday)

TEAMSCORETEAM
Galatasaray Esports1 — 0Beyond Gaming
Detonation FocusMe0 — 1Cloud9
Unicorns of Love0 — 1Galatasaray Esports
PEACE0 — 1Hanwha Life Esports
RED Kalunga0 — 1LNG Esports
Infinity Esports0 — 1PEACE
RED Kalunga0 — 1Hanwha Life Esports
Beyond Gaming0 — 1Cloud9

October 7 (Thursday)

TEAMSCORETEAM
Galatasaray Esports0 — 1DetonatioN FocusMe
Beyond Gaming1 0Unicorns of Love
Cloud91 — 0Galatasaray Esports
LNG Esports1 — 0Infinity Esports
PEACE1 — 0RED Kalunga
DetonatioN FocusMe1 — 0Beyond Gaming
Cloud90 — 1Unicorns of Love
[Tiebreaker] Beyond Gaming0 — 1Unicorns of Love
[Tiebreaker] Cloud90 — 1DetonatioN FocusMe
Worlds 2021 Play-In Stage Knockouts brackets
Credit: Riot Games

Play-In Knockout Stage

8 October (Friday)

TEAMSCORETEAM
Beyond Gaming3 — 2Galatasaray Esports

9 October (Saturday)

TEAMSCORETEAM
RED Kalunga2 — 3PEACE
Beyond Gaming0 — 3Hanwha Life Esports

10 October (Sunday)

TEAMSCORETEAM
PEACE0 — 3Cloud9

Hanwha Life Esports and Cloud9 have qualified for the Group Stage.


Format of Worlds 2021

There are three stages to the competition: Play-In Stage, Group Stage, and the Knockout Stage.

Play-In Stage

League of Legends Worlds 2021 Play-ins format
Credit: Riot Games/LoL Esports

In the Play-In Stage, 10 teams will be drawn into two groups. The first seed of CBLOL, LJL, LCO, LCO, LLA, and TCL, the second seed of PCS, the third seed of LCS, and the fourth seed of LCK and LPL regions are among the 10.

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

The third and fourth-placed teams in each group will battle it out in a best-of-five series. The winner then challenges the second-placed team of each group in another best-of-five to fight for the remaining two spots in Groups.

GROUP AGROUP B
Hanwha Life EsportsBeyond Gaming
LNG EsportsCloud9
InfinityUnicorns of Love
PEACEGalatasaray Esports
RED KalungaDetonatioN FocusMe

Group Stage

League of Legends Worlds 2021 Group Stage format
Credit: Riot Games/LoL Esports

A total of 16 teams, including the four that qualified from the Play-In Stage, will be 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.

The Group Stage will be held in a double round-robin format, where each team plays against other teams twice. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the Knockout Stage.

Worlds 2021 Group Stage teams
Credit: Riot Games

Knockout Stage

League of Legends Worlds 2021 playoffs format is single elimination
Credit: Riot Games/LoL Esports

The Knockout Stage comprises the playoffs’ quarterfinals and semifinals matches, and the grand final. The top 8 teams will compete in best-of-fives matches in a single-elimination format.


Teams competing at Worlds 2021

22 teams from 11 regions have qualified for the League of Legends tournament. Two teams, GAM Esports and Saigon Buffalo from the Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) were not able to compete due to pandemic restrictions.

REGIONTEAM
LCK (Korea)DWG KIA
Gen.G
T1
Hanwha Life Esports
LCS (North America)100 Thieves
Team Liquid
Cloud9
LEC (Europe)Rogue
MAD Lions
Fnatic
LPL (China)FunPlus Phoenix
Edward Gaming
Royal Never Give Up
LNG Esports
PCS (Pacific Asia)Beyond Gaming
PSG Talon
LJL (Japan)Detonation FocusMe
TCL (Turkey)Galatasaray Esports
LCL (CIS)Unicorns of Love
LLA (Latin America)Infinity Esports
LCO (Oceania)PEACE
CBLOL (Brazil)RED Kalunga

Where will Worlds 2021 be held?

Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena, Hall A, in Reykjavik, Iceland
Credit: Helgi Halldórsson

League of Legends Worlds 2021 will be held at the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena, Hall A, in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Worlds 2021 prize pool

The 2019, and 2020 League of Legends World Championship and this year’s Worlds 2021 will offer the same prize pool of $2,225,000, split among 22 teams and the two VCS teams, GAM Esports and Saigon Buffalo, who are unable to compete.

The prize pool breakdown is as follows:

(Updated September 27)

  • World Champion: 22%
  • 2nd place: 15%
  • 3rd to 4th: 8%
  • 5th to 8th: 4.5%
  • 9th to `12th: 2.5%
  • 13th to 16th: 2.25%
  • 17th to 18th: 1.75%
  • 19th to 20th: 1.25%
  • 21st to 22nd: 1%
  • VCS teams: TBD

Where to watch Worlds 2021?

League of Legends, DAMWON Gaming, Worlds 2020 skins, splash art
Credit: LCK

League of Legends esports fans can watch the 2021 World Championship matches live on Riot Games’ official channels on Twitch and YouTube.

READ MORE: Worlds 2021 group draw results