Out of 24 teams that will reach the League of Legends World Championship this year, 22 have already punched their ticket, and two more spots remain.
The champions of the CBLOL 2017 winter split, oNe eSports, earned Brazil’s spot to the play-in stage. The playoffs for the CBLOL winter split played out in an unexpected way, as the third and fourth place teams in the regular season — oNe and paiN Gaming — defeated the top two teams — INTZ eSports and RED Canids — in the semifinals. In the final, oNe defeated paiN 3-1 to become Brazil’s lone representative for this year’s world championship.
The Dire Wolves will represent the Oceanic Pro League. As the first place team during the regular season for Split 2 of the league, Dire Wolves qualified for the playoffs with a record of 9-1. That earned the Wolves a direct berth in the finals, where they devoured Chiefs 3-1to advance to the worlds play-in stage.
Gambit will make a surprise return to worlds as the representative of the CIS region. Gambit had a strong showing during the summer split, winning 13 games and losing only one. After dispatching Team Just Alpha 3-0, Gambit had a five-game final against M19 and was crowned the champion of the 2017 LCL summer split. Gambit defeating M19 means Kirill “Likkrit” Malofeev, a popular player from last year’s Albus NoX Luna team that reached the world quarterfinals, will not return to worlds.
Only two spots remain in the play-in stage, one each for the third seeds of North America and Europe. They spots will be filled from the regional gauntlet tournaments that take place this weekend.
The world championship this year has expanded to 24 total teams, with every major and minor region taking part in the game’s largest annual tournament. The top four teams in the play-in will join 12 teams that qualified for the group stage for a chance to win the world championship. The other 17 teams to reach worlds so far are:
Longzhu Gaming (Korea)
SK Telecom T1 (Korea)
Samsung Galaxy (Korea)
EDward Gaming (China)
Royal Never Give Up (China)
G2 Esports (Europe)
Team SoloMid (North America)
Immortals (North America)
Flash Wolves (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao)
ahq e-Sports Club (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao)
GIGABYTE Marines (Southeast Asia)
Team WE (China)
Hong Kong Attitude (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao)
Team oNe eSports (Brazil)
Lyon Gaming (Latin America – North)
Kaos Latin Gamers (Latin America – South)
Dire Wolves (Oceania)
Young Generation (Southeast Asia)
1907 Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games