League of Legends Esports Events 2017
League of Legends eSports Events 2017
League of Legends World Championship that was established in 2011 held its 7th season successfully in 2017. It belongs to the most remarkable LoL Esports events that fans are watching throughout a year globally. Thousands of fans, hundreds of professional and semi-professional teams taking part in the global championship and millions of U.S. dollars given as the major prize are the reasons why you also should take a closer look at LoL esports events in 2017 and 2018.
What is the League of Legends World Championship?
It is the professional and most prestigious esports event in the LoL community that is held annually. This particular event is always arranged by the game’s developers Riot Game. Think of it as the culmination of the whole esports LoL season. It is so popular that League of Legends will be included in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 2024. In 2017 the events of League of Legends were particularly prominent – more than 60 million watched the finals (surpassing even some major sports events). This was another breaking record for the whole esports community. The preview events of the finals – semi-finals – were also were remarkable, emotional and dramatic because the most skillful and fan-favorite teams were playing. Usually, the main League championship lasts for 60 days throughout the day, with multiple stages, events and 24 competing games. Annually a new country is chosen for hosting this prestigious tournament. The main arenas for the major League events in 2017 were located in China.
League of Legends events 2017: main peculiarities
In 2017 the main events of LoL World Championship series launched in September and finished in November. The play-ins and group stages were held in Wuhan, quarterfinals in Guangzhou, Shanghai hosted the semifinal matches and the grand finals were held in the capital – Beijing. The schedule of League of Legends events 2017: 1. Play-in stages for 12 new teams were held in Wuhan from September 23 till September 29. 2. Group stages for 12 already known teams and 4 winners of play-in stages were also held in Wuhan from October 5 to October 15. 3. Quarterfinal stages with 2 winning teams from every group of the group stages were held in Guangzhou from October 19 to 22.
4. Semifinal matches held in Shanghai from October 28 to 29 for the winning 4 teams from the quarterfinals (Royal Never Give Up vs. SK Telecom T1 and Team WE vs. Samsung Galaxy).
5. The finals were held in Beijing at the National Stadium on November 4 between Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1.
An interesting fact – the teams had to play LoL patched to the 7.20 version that gave them the more powerful Ardent Censer support.
24 teams were participating including 3 major contestants from South Korea, 3 teams each from North America, Europe, China, Macau/Taiwan/Hong Kong, 1 team each from Japan, Turkey, Russia, Latin America North and South, Brazil and even 1 contestant from the highly rated Wildcard region. The preview of Vietnamese LoL events was so spectacular that this region has been instantly included into the list of main contestants - Gigabyte Marines.
The final match was one of the most dramatic ones – the previous year’s loser in the finals Samsung Galaxy team from South Korea beaten the winner of 3 years SK Telecom T1 team with the score 3-0. The prize pool nearly of 5 million USD, as usually, was shared among ten most successful teams – 37.5% of the prize pool ($ 1,8 million) was given to Samsung Galaxy and their rival in the finals received 13.5% ($ 667K).