Riot Games have announced League of Legends World Championship dates and venues. The main event of Season 9 will commence on 2 October 2019 and will be held in three major European cities across three countries - Berlin, Madrid and Paris.
Berlin, Germany, will be the first host of League of Legends World Championship 2019 since this is where the play-in stage will unfold. Play-ins will go on for two weeks in a row, from 2 October 2019 to 5th and from 7th through 8th.
The play-in stage will feature twelve teams in total, depending on their ranking in CBLOL (Brazil), LCL (Russia), LCK (South Korea), LCS (North America), LEC (Europe), LJL (Japan), LLA (Latin America), LMS (Chinese Taipei), OPL (Australia), LST (Southeast Asia), TCL (Turkey) and VCS (Vietnam).
Interestingly enough, this will be the first time ever that a Korean team will be in the play-in stage since LPL (China) overtook them in rankings and are the only region with three teams that will directly qualify for group stage.
Speaking of which, the group stage will unfold in Berlin but at the Verti Music Hall, rather than LEC studio. It will also be held in October. The first round will go on from 12 to 15 October 2019 while the second round will run from 17 through 20 October 2019.
South Korea, North America, Europe and Chinese Taipei will each have two guaranteed seeds in group stage, Vietnam will have one and China will have three.
Eight teams in total will move on to quarterfinals which will be held during 26 and 27 October 2019. Semi-final matches will go on during 2 and 3 November 2019. All of these games will be up for viewing at Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain.
The grand finals will be held on 10 November 2019 at the final League of Legends World Championship 2019 destination in Paris, France. AccorHotels Arena will be the venue that will almost certainly host Chinese and/ or Korean teams but MSI 2019 left some hope for North American and European organisations.