LoL World Championships Schedule, format and live streaming

LoL World Championships Schedule, format and live streaming

Published 2020-09-27 20:06

It’s that time of year again, as 24 of the best League of Legends teams converge on 1 stage to decide, at least for one more year, who is the best of them all. Here we give you information about the event and where you can bet on it.


This year the tournament takes place in Shanghai, China amidst the backdrop of the Covid-19 epidemic. While no decision has been made on spectators being allowed at this year’s championships the organisers have confirmed that they will borrow from the NBA and other sports’ bubble concept for managing and minimising the risk associated with hosting such an event and Covid-19.

Each team will be assigned bubbles based on where they are drawn in the brackets and each team must arrive in Shanghai weeks in advance in case of any positive cases or the need to quarantine on arrival to China.

LoL Worlds 2020 Schedule & Format

The format for this year’s worlds will be the same as previous years. Beginning with a Play-In series, the 4th best team in China and Europe, the 3rd best from North America come up against the 2nd best teams in Vietnam and the Pacific Champions Series and the best teams from Russia, Japan, Latin America, Oceania and Turkey. These 10 teams will fight it out for the right to enter the group. Only 4 will qualify and with some big names expected in the play-ins this year there will be some shocking results for sure.

These 4 teams will have earned the right to join the tournament proper with the direct qualifiers from around the world. 3 from China and Europe, 2 from South Korea and North America and 1 each from Vietnam and the Pacific Champions Series.

The main event of the tournament will have these 16 teams divided into 4 groups of 4, where each team will play each other team twice. The top 2 of each group will then go through to the knockout stage. All knockout stage matches will be a best of 5 games.

The dates have now been finalised and a month long extravaganza of league will crescendo at Halloween for an apt finishing date this year I think.


Play-In Stage: 25 September – 30 September

Main Even Group Sate: 3 October – 11 October

Quarter-finals: 15 October – 18 October

Semi-finals: 24 October – 25 October

Final: 31 October


The draw for this year’s groups will be the 15th of September at 7am Central Time, 2pm CET, Noon GMT, at which point we can tell exactly where the potential upsets are at their most probable.

Where to Watch

You can watch the draw as well as all the games on the official Twitch stream https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames , official YouTube https://www.youtube.com/lolesports/ channel or at watch.lolesports.com.


Betting tips and opportunities

All our major partners will be offering markets on First Blood, First Maps and final result. Be sure to check out our guides on each of the regions for insight into the form coming into the tournament.

As with every year we can expect new strategies coming out and the lesser regions to come out all guns blazing, knowing who has the best cheese strats can give great value in the first blood and first map markets.

Don’t miss out on betting tips and predictions for the LoL World Championships, from our very own League of Legends expert Onedubleo.

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Written by Onedoubleo

Onedoubleo is a Physics graduate and a keen player of 4X games. He can still be found trying to race Gandhi to nukes in the newest Civilisation or going back to the older classics like Heroes of Might and Magic. Or else spending hours deck building in Hearthstone or Magic the Gathering: Arena. Though he still finds plenty of time to try not feed in League of Legends.