2022 League of Legends World Championship is just over the horizon. Read more about all the teams that will be in attendance this year here!
All of the Teams That Qualified for the 2022 League of Legends World Championship
The largest League of Legends event of the year is right around the corner. The 2022 League of Legends World Championship, an annual international tournament designed to determine the best team in the world, is returning for its twelfth iteration since it began in 2011. Set to kick off on September 29th, the event is being held in North America for the first time since 2016. The format remains largely the same; 24 of the best teams from all around the globe are invited to compete for a massive amount of money and the world title.
While this year’s prize pool is yet to be announced, it has historically always been a base $2,225,000 USD alongside a small percentage of money earned from in-game purchases centered around the event. While the prize pool is unlikely to change, this year’s tournament does have one slight change. For the first time since 2020, Europe (the LEC) has four Worlds spots up for grabs; the LCL was canceled this year and their spot was awarded to the LEC.
With that said, let’s take a look at all of the teams that will be in attendance this year for the 2022 League of Legends World Championship!
How Are the Worlds Seeds Allocated This Year?
Since the format change in 2017, Riot Games has invited 24 teams from 12 different regions to compete in the World Championship. While the number of teams has not changed this year, the absence of the CIS’s (Commonwealth of Independent States) LCL representative means that only 11 regions will have the opportunity to showcase their abilities this year.
With the LEC taking the LCL’s spot, here is the distribution of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship spots this year:
4 from China
4 from Korea
4 from Europe
3 from North America
2 from PCS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Southeast Asia)
2 from Vietnam
1 from Brazil
1 from Japan
1 from Latin America
1 from Oceania
1 from Turkey
For those unfamiliar, the LPL (China), LCK (Korea), LEC, and LCS (North America) each have more seeds than the rest of the regions as they are the “major” regions. Aside from having large playerbases, these regions are called “major” regions as they produce the most competitive teams. The same can be said for the PCS and Vietnam when compared to the other, single-spot, teams; however they are not considered major regions.
In addition to having more teams present at the tournament, the major regions are also rated higher in the pool system used to produce “fair” groupings of teams. The pool system divides each team into skill tiers called “pools” based on their seeding and region. More information about the pool system can be found here. But, in its simplest form, the pool system places the top place teams from the major regions in the higher pools and trickles their lower seeded teams downward until the weakest teams/regions are assigned pools.
Teams in the same pool cannot compete in the same group, producing, while rather lopsided (skillswise), fair distributions of the best teams. It also prevents regional overlap, as only one team from each region can be in a pool. This way, the groupings vary by both region and skill level.
Who is Going to Worlds 2022?
With all of the formatting and seed-allocation information out of the way, here is an overview of all of the teams that have qualified for Worlds 2022. It should be noted that the seedings of these teams (first place, second place, etc.) are not all finalized as some of the regional playoffs are still underway.
- JD Gaming (JDG)
- Top Esports (TES)
- ED Ward Gaming (EDG)
- Royal Never Give Up (RNG)
- Damwon Gaming KIA (DWG KIA)
- G2 Esports
- MAD Lions
LCS (North America)
- 100 Thieves
- Evil Geniuses
PCS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Southeast Asia)
- CTBC Flying Oyster
- Beyond Gaming
- GAM Esports
- Saigon Buffalo
- LOUD Esports
- DetonatioN FocusMe (DFM)
LLA (Latin America)
- Chiefs Esports Club
- Fenerbahçe Esports or Istanbul Wildcats (TCL Finals Conclude on 9/10)