The 2021 League of Legends World Championship is heading to Iceland.
Riot had initially deliberate to host the end-of-year occasion in China for the second 12 months working however, on account of unforeseeable circumstances, needed to make the choice to pivot to Europe.
“We figured 2020 can be the toughest Worlds we ever needed to produce,” said John Needham, Riot’s head of esports, in a statement in August. “With vaccines being distributed worldwide this year, we anticipated a return to some sort of normal in 2021.
“Well, unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case. With the Delta variant, travel restrictions and COVID protocols have been even more complicated to navigate in 2021 than they were in 2020.”
Having hosted the Mid-Season Invitational in May, Europe was the next best option outside of China. “After considering all potential options, we concluded that moving Worlds to Europe provided the best opportunity for the most teams, and their best players, to compete,” said Needham.
For the most part, the change of location has had a minimal impact on teams. But, according to a report by TheThao on Sept. 1, groups representing Vietnam might miss out on the occasion on account of “visa points.” This implies simply 22 groups (down from 24) will compete on the occasion.
Worlds 2021, like MSI, will probably be held in Reykjavík’s Laugardalshöll Indoor Sporting Enviornment from Oct. 5 to Nov. 6, in accordance with a report by Dot Esports on Sept. 6. There gained’t be a stay viewers.
This report was confirmed by Riot on Sept. 9. “After shut collaboration with European authorities and Riot Video games’ trusted threat evaluation and security companions, Worlds 2021 is headed to Reykjavik, Iceland,” Riot mentioned.
“Whereas sustaining our give attention to making certain the well being and security of everybody concerned in internet hosting, producing, and competing on the occasion, Worlds 2021 won’t host a stay viewers,” Riot added.
The play-in stage will happen from Oct. 5 to 9. The group stage will run from Oct. 11 to 18. And the knockouts, together with the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will take their course from Oct. 22 to Nov. 6.
- Play-ins: Oct. 5 to 9
- Teams: Oct. 11 to 13 and Oct. 15 to 18
- Quarterfinals: Oct. 22 to 25
- Semifinals: Oct. 30 to 31
- Finals: Nov. 6
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