The 2020 World Championship just received some updates to its format, deviating from what we formerly announced. Vietnam will not participate in the 2020 World Championship, and as a result, the number of participating teams has been reduced to 22.
Due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19, the Vietnamese teams had no way to travel to Shanghai to compete in the 2020 World Championship. The tournament will, as such, play out without the VCS representatives, and will have a modified format and play-ins seeding to adapt to these changes.
Only 10 teams in Play-ins, 2 groups of 5
Instead of being made of 4 groups of 3, the play-ins will this time have 2 groups, each containing 5 teams. The groups will go through one single round-robin before playing two BO5s to determine who will advance.
- The team placing 1st at the end of the round-robin makes it into the group stage.
- The 3rd and 4th teams face off against each other in a BO5 (within their group).
- The winner of this match plays a BO5 against the 2nd team of the other group. The winner of this BO5 qualifies for the group stage.
- The 5th team of each group is eliminated.
The ten teams that will compete in the play-ins are separated into two pools: Pool 1 and Pool 2. Pool 1 is made of one team from the LPL, LEC, LCS, and PCS (4 teams), and pool 2, of one team the CBLOL, LCL, LJL, OPL, LLA, and TCL (6 teams).
2 teams from pool 1 will be seeded into each group, completed by 3 from pool 2.
3 LCK teams in the group stage
As the VCS had one team in the play-ins and one in the group stage, their withdrawal meant that a group stage slot had to be filled as well, so Riot decided to advance the third LCK team from play-ins to group stage, “after evaluation of past regional performance at international events”.
For the group seeding, the teams are separated into three pools. Each group will have one team from each pool, as well as a final team qualifying from play-ins.
The pools are as follow:
- Pool 1: LPL’s 1st seed, LEC’s 1st seed, LCK’s 1st seed, LCS’s 1st seed.
- Pool 2: LPL’s 2nd seed, LPL’s 3rd seed, LCK’s 2nd seed, LEC’s 2nd seed.
- Pool 3: LEC’s 3rd seed, LCK’s 3rd seed, LCS’s 2nd seed, PCS’s 1st seed.
This should be the final word on the format, but Riot has warned that in those times of uncertainty, further adjustments may always become necessary. Should this happen, you’ll find any updates here!
Until then, you can head over to https://lolesports.com/live to watch the regional competition as many leagues are reaching the finals of their respective playoffs, before the international competition begins on the 25th of September.
Like what you see? Don’t forget to share our work with the buttons below! Also, be sure to follow @GamezoGG on Twitter and check out our YouTube Channel for more great content from the Gamezo Team!