The noob’s guide to the League of Legends World Championships

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The League of Legends World Championships kick off today, and it’s time to admit you know absolutely noting about League of Legends, but are not ashamed to at least try to enjoy one of the biggest eSports tournaments this year. This noob friendly guide will ensure you last at least 5 minutes at the water cooler when League of Legends is the topic of discussion. First of all, you can tell them about the awesome teaser you saw.

What is Worlds?

Worlds is the equivalent of the Dota 2 International, the culmination of a qualifier series where the best teams in the world compete for a grand prize of $1,000,000, and the Summoner’s Cup. The main differentiator between Worlds and The International is that this series travels to four separate locations around the world, with a stage held at each. The Group stages are in Paris, Quarter Finals in London, Semi-Finals in Brussels and the Grand Final in Berlin. That’s pretty impressive for a world series.

These are the teams. I’d recommend picking one, learning the players and just bring them up in conversation.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Counter Logic Gaming (USA) Fnatic (Europe) SKTelecom T1 (Korea) LGD Gaming (China)
Koo Tigers (Korea) Invictus Gaming (China) Edward Gaming (China) kt Rolster (Korea)
Flash Wolves (Taiwan) AHQ eSports (Taiwan) H2K (Europe) Team Solo Mid (USA)
paiN Gaming (Brazil) Cloud 9 (USA) Bangkok Titans (Thailand) Origen (Europe)

I think as a standard I’d go with either Cloud 9 or Team Solo Mid, learn them and chat about them. This is the easiest way.

Schedule and Stream

Even though I’ve never really been a huge fan of League of Legends, the one thing which always made me want to watch was their production quality. It’s almost too professional, but at the same time unrivaled in eSports. As with every World Championships, the tournament will be streamed to two separate channels.

Twitch TV – Riot Games

Twitch will act as the main stream for the tournament, with a simulcast on YouTube.

The tournament kicks off today at around 16:00. The full schedule is available on the League of Legends site, which includes the format.

For the full starter guide on losing your LoLginity, see the wonderfulyl detailed Reddit post.

Last Updated: October 1, 2015

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit's esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere - but my work here is independent of that.

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