The tournament, which begins Thursday and concludes Oct. 29, brings together teams from four continents. The winning squad takes home the Summoner’s Cup and a $1 million grand prize as the champions of season six.
In case you haven’t had time to follow the thousands of hours of games that led up to this, we’ll get you up to speed in just a few minutes.
The tournament is split into two stages. In the group stage, the 16 teams are split into four groups, and teams play two matches against the others in their group. Each group’s top two teams move on to the single-elimination knockout stage, in which they must win a best-of-five series to advance further.
Most of the teams come from five major divisions: North America’s NA LCS, Europe’s EU LCS, Korea’s LCK, China’s LPL, and the LMS, which includes teams from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. There are also two teams from wild card regions, hailing from Russia and Brazil.
Even though us non-professionals moved onto patch 6.19 last week, Worlds will be played on 6.18. Riot clearly had Worlds in mind when whipping up this patch, as there were a number of nerfs to champions familiar to the pro scene such as Ashe, Ekko, Gnar, Rek’Sai, Shen, Taliyah, and Vladimir.