This year’s event will be different from the previous ones as Riot will be pit dream teams – as voted by the fans – against one another in the main event. The regions participating in this year’s event were determined by the region’s performances at worlds, so the regions represented will be China, Europe, Korea, the LMS, NA, Southeast Asia, Turkey, and Brazil. The teams will be divided into two groups of four and play in a single best-of-one round robin. The top two teams then move onto the semifinals played in a best-of-three, and the two winners will play in the finals that will be played in a best-of-five.
In addition to the main event, each region’s coaches will choose two players each to compete in the 1-v-1 tournament as representatives. The 16 players will play in a single elimination bracket with the round of 16 and the quarterfinals played in a best-of-one. The semifinals and grand finals will be played in a best-of-three to determine the final champion.
The fans from the competing regions will be able to vote for one player per position and up to two players per team who have played in the most recent splits of their prospective seasons. The voting opens up in November, and the fans will only be able to vote for players in their own regions, as opposed to those outside of it. The pros will also be able to cast their votes for which coach they’d like to see represent the region at the event. The only restriction is that the players cannot vote for their own coaches.
This year’s All-Star event seems to be more focused on competitive games as opposed to the one-off exhibition matches from previous years. As the best performing regions will be represented by players and coaches, it’ll be interesting to see if the event will have the same entertainment value for the fans.