LAST weekend, the League of Legends World Championship just wrapped up its group stage, which saw some of the best games in the history of the tournament.
As the tournament heads into its playoff stage weekend, here are some reasons why you might want to check out Worlds 2020.
This is the first major post-COVID esports tournament of the year.
One of the most interesting things about Worlds this year is that it will be the only major international esports tournament to be played completely offline after the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Like the rest of the sporting world, esports has also been hit by the pandemic. While games in some tournaments and leagues continued, offline play has largely been suspended. Worlds 2020 marks the return of competitive LAN gaming in the post-COVID world.
Riot is able to do this by following a semi-bubble system. Developers are cooperating with Shanghai authorities and are monitoring the situation daily.
A defending champ failed to make the cut.
Worlds 2020 will be the first time since 2014 when a defending champion failed to qualify to defend their crown. Last year’s winners FunPlus Phoenix failed to show up during the Summer Split and the regional qualifiers, paving the way for new blood to compete for this year’s Summoner’s Cup.
It’s now a one-city Worlds.
Worlds 2020 is the most unique Worlds in history, thanks — or no thanks — to the pandemic. Unlike previous years, Worlds 2020 will only take place in one city: Shanghai. All the events, from the play-in stage, the group stage, and the playoffs will take place in the same venue, the Shanghai Media Tech Studio.
It will break in a new football stadium.
For the first time in League history, Worlds will be held in a never-been-used stadium. Worlds 2020 will be the inaugural event that will be held in the soon-to-open Pudong Football Stadium, a 33-thousand seat stadium that will also serve as the future home of Chinese football team Shanghai SIPG.
Riot earlier announced that the finals of this year’s Worlds will hopefully feature a live audience, if the plan would be allowed. However, no official announcement has been made whether they push through will it.
It’s the Worlds’ 10th anniversary.
Worlds 2020 marks a decade year since Worlds was created to find the best League of Legends team in the world. Riot has already said that they have a lot of surprises planned, especially for the finals of this year’s championship.