The semifinal stage of the 2020 League of Legends World Championship wrapped up this weekend with DAMWON Gaming taking the victory over G2 Esports and Suning defeating Top Esports. Only 12 Pick’em participants remain on the path to winning an Alienware Battlestation with perfect predictions throughout the event so far.
While the group stage felt quite easy to predict due to clear powerhouse teams in each group, the knockout stage was much more difficult. Thousands of people dropped in the first rounds of the knockout stage with only one team seen as dominant: the LCK’s first seed, DAMWON Gaming.
For every World Championship, Riot Games hosts the Pick’em annual challenge in which players can lock in their predictions for the tournament for chances to win prizes such as blue essence, summoner icons, Hextech chests, and more. Last year, only one fan correctly predicted the entirety of the 2019 World Championship and won the grand prize of all five Ultimate skins.
If any of the 12 participants with perfect scores get the last match correct, they’ll win an Alienware Battlestation, the same PC used by pros to play their matches on-stage during this year’s Worlds. Those who participated but didn’t get a perfect score may still have earned other prizes.
The 2020 Season World Championship (Worlds 2020) is the conclusion of the 2020 League of Legends esports season. The tournament is held in Shanghai, China. The tournament began with Play-In stages on Sep. 25 and will conclude on Oct. 31 with the finals between two teams which would be arguably the best in the World.
The Main-Event stage began on Oct. 3 and will feature the best 16 teams in the World. 8 out of them will advance to the knockout stage where they’ll have a shot at advancing forward.
The format for qualification in North America and Europe changed this year, with teams only being able to qualify directly through the LCS Summer Playoffs and LEC Summer Playoffs, respectively. Seeding Changes: China and Europe both receive one extra seed for a total of four, while the PCS is given two seeds, compared to a combined four for the LMS and Southeast Asia in 2019. In summary, one main event seed previously held by the LMS is given to Europe, and the play-in seed previously held by Southeast Asia is given to China.
Due to Vietnamese teams being unable to participate, the Play-In format was heavily adjusted, and the region’s Main Event spot was given to Korea’s 3rd seed. If Vietnamese teams had been allowed to participate, Team Flash would have played in the Main Event and GAM Esports would have played in the Play-In.
Stay tuned for more World Championship coverage as the 22 teams battle around the World for a title of a World Champion and a share of more than one million prize money.