The 2021 League of Legends World Championship will happen from Oct. 5 to Nov. 6 in Reykjavík, Iceland, on the Laugardalshöll Indoor Sporting Area, the identical venue that beforehand hosted Riot Video games’ VALORANT Masters and Mid-Season Invitational occasions, sources aware of the plans advised Dot Esports.
The occasion shall be damaged down into 5 phases, the identical because the earlier format of the annual occasion. The play-in stage will happen from Oct. 5 to 9 with the group stage operating from Oct. 11 to 18. The playoffs will start with the quarterfinals on Oct. 22 to 25, semifinals on Oct. 30 to 31, and finals on Nov. 6. No crowd shall be allowed to attend.
Every stage of the occasion will happen solely in Iceland on account of concern across the COVID-19 pandemic and the flexibility of gamers from most areas with the ability to journey to the nation, in addition to return to their house international locations after the occasion. Riot is predicted to substantiate the Iceland occasion and the dates for it this week.
The transfer to Iceland got here after Riot confirmed on Aug. 24 that the occasion would not happen in China, the place it was initially scheduled, and would as a substitute transfer to a European nation. Dot Esports then reported on Aug. 30 that the event would be exclusive to Iceland after Riot safely ran the 2 aforementioned occasions within the nation earlier this 12 months. The transfer to Europe, Riot mentioned in its announcement, is because of rising considerations across the Delta variant and people journey restrictions.
To this point, just one area is reportedly unable to attend the occasion: the Vietnam Championship Collection. That area has missed out on the 2020 World Championship, which occurred with vital COVID-19 protocols in China in October and November 2020, and the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in Iceland. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, visas for Vietnam residents have been more and more restricted. How Riot will resolve the format with out the VCS staff current has not been introduced.
All 22 groups that may journey to Iceland have been confirmed after regional leagues have taken place each on-line and offline around the globe. Contributors embody LPL winner EDward Gaming, LCK winner DWG KIA, LEC winner MAD Lions, and LCS winner 100 Thieves, amongst others.
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https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/sources-worlds-2021-icelands-laugardalsholl-indoor-sporting-arena-oct-5-nov-6 | Sources: Worlds 2021 to happen at Iceland’s Laugardalshöll Indoor Sporting Area from Oct. 5 to Nov. 6