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Riot Games announces series of international tournaments called Rift Rivals

Riot Games announced a series of international tournaments called Rift Rivals
Riot Games announced a series of international tournaments called Rift Rivals, which will run July 3-9. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

With the death of Intel Extreme Masters League of Legends tournaments comes a new Riot Games hosted international League of Legends event called Rift Rivals.

Riot announced the event Tuesday, a collection of international exhibition matches designed to “pit regional rivals against each other in grudge matches for glory and bragging rights.” Five different tournaments are all set to take place from July 3-9 depending on the regions involved, and they’ll be divided between the 13 regions major and minor.

The tournament is designed so each game will be one region against another, which prevents the same matchups being played out in each team’s home region. Each tournament will also have a different number of regions and teams present.

The teams representing the regions were determined by the spring split standings, with the rankings corresponding to the seeding of the teams. The five tournaments are themed as North America vs. Europe (hosted in Berlin), Latin America North vs. Brazil vs. Latin America South (in Santiago), Commonwealth of Independent States vs. Turkey (in Moscow), Southeast Asia vs. Oceania vs. Japan (in Ho Chi Minh City), and Korea vs. LMS vs. China (in Kaohsiung).

The NA/EU tournament will feature Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Phoenix1, G2, Unicorns of Love, and Fnatic. The group stage will be a round robin with a total of nine games, and the finals will be a gauntlet starting with the two lowest ranking teams from the group stage and conclude when there’s only one region remaining.

The Latin America North/Brazil/Latin America South tournament will feature the two top spring split teams from each region: Lyon Gaming and Just Toys Havoks from LLN, Keyd Stars and RED Candis from CBLOL, and Isurus Gaming and Furious Gaming from CLS.

The CIS/Turkey tournament will feature the top four teams in the spring split of both regions: Virtus.pro, Vaevictis Esports, M19, and Vega Squadron from CIS, and SuperMassive, Oyunfor.CREW, 1907 Fenerbahçe Espor, and AURORA from Turkey. The group stage will be a round robin format (16 total games), with the top team from each region meeting in a best-of-five final.

The Southeast Asia/Oceania/Japan tournament will feature the top three teams in the spring split of the three regions: Gigabyte Marines, Acension Gaming and Mineski from GPL; Dire Wolves, Legacy, and Sin Gaming from OCE; and Detonation Gaming, Rampage, and Unsold stuff Gaming from LJL. The group stage will be a round robin of each region playing against another based on their teams’ seeding, and the winning region goes straight to the final. The semifinals will be held as a last man standing format of the second and third placed teams with the winner going to the finals. The region that won the group stage will face the region that won the semifinals in a best-of-five relay format, with the lowest ranking teams facing off and the others following in succession.

The Korea/LMS/China tournament will feature the top four teams in the spring split of the three regions: SK Telecom T1, KT Rolster, Samsung Galaxy and MVP from Korea; Flash Wolves, ahq e-Sports Club, J Team and Machi from LMS; and Team WE, Royal Never Give Up, EDward Gaming, and OMG from China. The group stage will be a region round robin, with the winning region going straight to the finals. The second and third place regions from the group stages then fight it out a best-of-five semifinals with the winners going to the finals. The region that won the group stage will face the region that won the semifinals in a best-of-five relay format, with the lowest ranking teams facing off and others following in succession.

The streams of each tournament will be hosted in all the languages featured in each region, with plans to expand the language of choice for the NA/EU tournament in particular. Any further details about the tournament are set to come out in the coming months leading to Rift Rivals.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

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