2021 LoL Worlds underway with knockout stage action
The eleventh edition of one of the industry’s greatest tournaments, organized by Riot Games, will include more than $10 million in prizes
MOBA fans from all around the world have been rejoicing as the 2021 League of Legends World Championship comes to its decisive rounds in the knockout stage. Undoubtedly one of the most prominent esports events on Earth, the 2021 LoL Worlds started on October 5, and after three weeks of exciting matches, we’re drawing close to the semi-finals, which are set to start on October 30, with Damwon Gaming taking on T1 in a best-of-five series.
The eleventh edition of one of the industry’s greatest tournaments, organized by Riot Games, will include more than $10 million in prizes, with the Finals slated for November 6. This year’s event takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland, at the Laugardalshölln Indoor Sporting Arena, after being hosted in China in 2020, due to the ongoing pandemic.
Ahead of the semifinals and the conclusion of the knockout stage, bookmakers on us-bookies.com have Damwon Gaming as the odds-on favorites to win the 2021 LoL Worlds, after posting an unbeaten 6-0 record in the group stage and eliminating MAD Lions in the quarterfinals. EDward Gaming, after finishing the group stage with a 4-2 record and defeating Royal Never Give Up in the quarterfinals, are the second favorites to win the title, at +180 odds.
The tournament is divided into three stages of play – play-ins, groups, and knockouts – featuring 22 teams from 11 different regions. Ten of these teams had to play the Play-In stage, in which two groups of five teams were drawn to compete for four group stage spots.
After the Play-Ins, DetonatioN FocusMe, LNG Esports, Cloud9, and Hanwha Life Esports joined the remaining twelve teams to form the group stage, in which the 16 teams were divided into four groups. The group stage featured a double round-robin format, with the top two teams from each group qualifying to the knockout stage.
The knockout stage features a best-of-five single-elimination format, with teams progressing through quarterfinals, semifinals, and the Finals, which will feature the last two teams in another best-of-five series with the winners lifting the coveted Summoner’s Cup.
The 2021 LoL Worlds Group Stage was one for the books, filled with exciting matches and tiebreaker matchups. The stage ran from October 11 through October 18, and featured the 16 best League of Legends squads in the world.
Out of group A, the defending champions Damwon Gaming qualified for the knockout stage as group leaders, and with a three-way-tie for second place, Cloud9 advanced to the following stage after the tiebreaker. Meanwhile, in group B, T1 and EDward Gaming had somewhat of a rocky start to the tournament, but were able to make adjustments and finished at the top of the group.
In group C, Royal Never Give Up had a hot start to the LoL Worlds, and managed to secure first place of the group, with Hanwha Life Esports clinching the second spot. Finally, group D made history with all four teams finishing in a four-way-tie, marking the first time this happened in the LoL Worlds. After the tiebreaker, Gen.G and MAD Lions qualified to the quarterfinals.
For the first time in LoL Worlds history, Western teams combined for zero wins at the knockout stage. MAD Lions lost their series to reigning champions Damwon Gaming, while Cloud9 were defeated by South Korea’s Cloud9.
Fellow LCK teams T1 and Hanwha Life Esports kicked off the knockout stage on October 22, but it wasn’t much of a matchup, as T1 easily dispatched of HLE with a clean 3-0 sweep, and advanced to the semifinals. In the other side of the bracket, Royal Never Give Up and EDward Gaming faced off, on October 23, in one of the most thrilling matchups of the quarterfinals, and after five grueling games, EDward Gaming won 3-2 and moved on to the next round.
Next, on October 24, the overwhelming favorites Damwon Gaming had no trouble blasting through MAD Lions with an astounding 3-0 sweep, sending home the last LEC team in the competition. At last, on October 25, another clean sweep, this time by Gen.G who outperformed Cloud9, eliminating the last North American squad remaining in the 2021 LoL Worlds.
In the semifinals, which are slated for October 30 and 31, China’s EDward Gaming will face South Korea’s Gen.G, while in the other side of the bracket, fellow Korean teams Damwon Gaming and T1 will battle for the last spot in the 2021 League of Legends World Championship Finals.