We’re less than a week away from the 2020 League of Legends World Championship, which will see all the top LoL teams from around the world competing at the Pudong Soccer Stadium in Shanghai, China for a slice of the yet to be determined prize pool and most importantly, the title of the best team in the world.
However, due to the pandemic this year, there will be significant changes to the LoL World Championship. This year we won’t see any Vietnamese teams at the event due to travel restrictions. Fortunately for them, Riot Games mentioned that the two Vietnamese teams that were supposed to be there will be compensated with a cut of the prize pool as though they had competed in it.
This means that the 2020 World Championship will only feature 22 teams instead of the usual 24. To account for the reduced number of teams, several format changes will be implemented for the Play-In Stage. The Play-In Stage will now feature 10 teams instead of the usual 12 and LCK’s third seed will automatically advance to the Group Stage.
Other notable changes include adjustments to the prize pool allocation. First place will be getting a smaller cut than in the past year, the rest of the top 18 will be getting a slight bump to their earnings, as shown in the image below.
Worlds 2020 will begin with the Play-In Stage on 25th – 30th September, Group Stage on 3rd-11th October, and concludes with the Knockout Stage and Grand Finals on 15th – 31st October.
If you’re interested in how the format of Worlds 2020, here’s a handy video explaining how it’s going to work: