The LPL, LCK, and LEC’s first seeds are once again in the semifinal round of Worlds alongside the LPL’s third seed. But G2 Esports are the only returning team.
In 2019, G2 (LEC first seed), SKT (LCK first seed), FunPlus Phoenix (LPL first seed), and Invictus Gaming (LPL third seed) advanced to the semifinals of Worlds. And this year, the same exact seeds made it to the top four of Worlds 2020—G2 (LEC first seed), DAMWON Gaming (LCK first seed), Top Esports (LPL first seed), and Suning (LPL third seed).
This also means that for the second straight year, the semifinals of Worlds have featured two Chinese teams, one European squad, and one Korean team.
If “the script” is followed from 2019, that’d mean TES would beat G2 3-0 in the finals of Worlds 2020. But anything is possible this year.
This isn’t the only coincidence between the two tournaments, though. Last year, the quarterfinals also featured a similar situation to Worlds 2020. The LPL’s first seed (TES) took down the LEC’s second seed (Fnatic), while the LEC’s first seed (G2) beat the LCK’s third seed (Gen.G) for a chance to face the LCK’s first seed (DAMWON).
While the chances of this happening seem quite slim, the current bracket format is at fault. Due to the way teams are sent into the knockout stage from their groups, this situation could pop up every year unless the bracket format is changed.
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.