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10 League of Legends World Championship number-based facts for 10th anniversary

Published: 16:34, 14 October 2019
Updated: 13:58, 15 October 2019
Riot Games
League of Legends World Championship 2019
League of Legends World Championship 2019

Everyone knows Faker is the all-time best and Korea the most dominant region in League of Legends esports, but did you know Faker is not the only three-time world champion? Here are a few number-based facts about the biggest LoL tournament of the year.

League of Legends has a rich esports history and World Championship 2019 is underway. These are obvious facts, but since the game's esports history is rich, it is also filled with numbers that may not immediately come off the top of one's head when they are thinking about World Championships or League.

Here are 10 of them, in honour of League's 10th birthday, in no particular order. These statistics don't include the ongoing World Championship (2019) unless specifically stated otherwise.

European teams won 7 tiebreaker matches, lost 0

  • First 2 World Championships didn't have tiebreakers due to single round-robin format
  • Gambit Gaming won the first of those tiebreakers, in Season 3 World Championship, knocking Samsung Ozone out
  • Fnatic have the most tiebreaker wins (3), due to 3-way tie between them, Immortals and Gigabyte Marines during 2017 WC

Korea won the Championship 5 times in total

  • SKT T1 won the title 3 times, Samsung 2 times (via 2 teams)
  • Each of those organisations won WC more times than any other region
  • China, Taiwan and Europe each won 1 title

Out of 4 World Championship 2018 semifinalists, only 1 finished 1st in Group Stage

  • WC 2018 semifinalists were Fnatic, Invictus Gaming, Cloud 9 and G2 Esports
  • Only FNC finished first in groups
  • IG and FNC played 6 games against each other, equal to the total number of Group Stage matches. FNC won their third tiebreaker match during this tournament

Not 1 player managed to be MVP twice

  • Korean players were MVPs 4 times in total (Mata, MaRin, Faker, Ruler)
  • European and Chinese regions each had an MVP once (Ning and Shushei)
  • Season 2 and Season 3 World Championships didn't announce an MVP

Riot Games Faker is talking with his teammates during a tournament. Nope, not even Faker was the MVP twice

Prize pool didn't always grow year on year

  • 2014 and 2015 prize pools were the same ($2,130,000)
  • 2017 prize pool ($4,596,591) was lower than 2016 prize pool ($5,070,000)
  • Season 1 prize pool was the lowest ($99,500), 2018 prize pool was the highest ($6,450,000)

World Championship winnings - biggest, lowest and weirdest

  • SKT T1 won the most ($4,695,841)
  • Albus NoX Luna won the least ($202,800)
  • Out of all World Championship finalists, Azubu Frost won the least ($258,000)

North America and Europe were cursed during World Championship 2016

  • Groups A and D each had 1 NA and 1 EU team
  • Both NA teams dropped out with 3-3 score
  • Both EU teams dropped out with 1-5 score

League of Legends - showcase of several champion splash arts

  • Image: 1 / 10
A man with an axe running through a forest in SCUM

North American and Europe organisations have the most World Championship appearances, in a way

  • Cloud 9, Fnatic and TSM have the most appearances (7)
  • Out of the top 3, only Fnatic won a title (1)
  • SKT T1 appeared only 4 times. Won 3 times, came in 2nd once

North American ADCs have the most Worlds appearances

  • ClearLove, sOAZ, Sneaky and Doublelift have the most World Championship appearances (6)
  • Sneaky and Doublelift will have the most (7) after WC 2019 as ClearLove and sOAZ didn't appear
  • Faker, Mata and xPeke appeared only 4 times but won the tournament at least once

Faker is not the only one that won Worlds 3 times

  • Bengi was with SKT T1 all three times when they won World Championship
  • Duke is the only player to win World Championship with 2 different teams (SKT T1 and Invictus Gaming)
  • Only five players won the tournament more than once - Faker, Bengi, Bang, Duke and Wolf

That concludes the list of 10 World Championship's number-based facts but we just couldn't resist putting in a bonus one: League is celebrating 10 years but there have been only 9 World Championships, including 2019 one.

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