Few esports tournaments enjoy as much recognition and prestige as the major, top-tier League of Legends tournaments we’re about to talk about in the guide below.
As part of the Riot’s own franchised series of leagues and championships, the events below are a must-follow for any LOL punter or fan.
With a schedule spread across the entire year, LOL’s regional championships and in-between-split events gather millions of fans tuning-in to see the best LOL teams battling over hundreds of thousands of US Dollars in prize pools.
If you’re a LOL fan, these are the unmissable events you need to see in 2021. So without further ado, here’s our list of top LoL events that you can bet on!
Date: 05.10.2021 – 06.11.2021
Prize Pool: $2,225,000
The League of Legends World Championship is the seminal event of the yearly LOL season, gathering the best teams from all the regional LOL leagues.
Worlds 2021 is returning to Iceland in 2021, with a grand final planned to take place in Reykjavík and several stops in various cities along the way.
Not much is yet known about this year’s event, mostly because of the ongoing global pandemic which put a stop or delayed multiple in-person esports events in 2020.
We’ll most likely see a total number of 22 teams participating. 12 teams qualified as their region’s winners, 4 through the Championship Point seeds and 4 regional finals winners, and 2 runner-ups.
Last year’s event had a total prize pool of over 2.2M USD. Approximately 25% of that goes to the tournament winner while the runner-up receives 15%.
Worlds 2021 will start with two Play-in Rounds, followed by a Group Stage and the Playoffs.
Date: 06.05.2021- 23.05.2021
Prize Pool: $250,000
The Mid-Season Invitational is the second most important LOL event of the year that gathers the winners from Riot leagues’ Spring Splits. It is also one of the most popular events among those passionate about esports betting!
The tournament is a great opportunity for teams to test the waters before the Worlds event, and face their potential opponents in the concluding League of Legends event of the year.
The information available on MSI 2021 at the time of writing was scarce and following the cancellation of last year’s event. The championship takes place in Iceland, on Laugardalshöll arena.
The format is Round-Robin & Single-Elimination bracket. The winner will take about 30% of the total prize pool and the second-placed team 20%.
Spring Split: 13th Jan. – 28th Mar.
Summer Split: 9th Jun – 26th Aug.
Prize Pool (total): $720,000
The official South Korean league is one of the strongest, if not the best, LOL championships in the world.
The LCK teams have consistently dominated their European, North-American, and Chinese teams, winning no less than 5 Worlds Finals, the last one in 2020.
The LCK is also one of the most popular and most watched esports championships in the world.
In 2020, the Summer Split was watched by over 800,000 viewers while the Spring one attracted over 1M viewers and a total of 63M hours watched.
By comparison, the 2020 LCS Summer split was watched by over 500,000 users for a total of 40M hours.
T1 previously known as SK telecom T1 is considered by most to be the best LOL team in the world. It is the first and only LOL team that managed to win the World Championship three times.
More than that, T1 managed to win the event two times in a row, in 2016 and 2017.
|1st||LCK Spring 2019||$88,239|
|2nd||2017 World Championship||$620,540|
|1st||Mid-Season Invitational 2017||$676,000|
|1st||LCK Spring 2017||$88,044|
|1st||2016 World Championship||$2,028,000|
|1st||Mid-Season Invitational 2016||$250,000|
|1st||LCK Spring 2016||$87,486|
|1st||2015 World Championship||$1,000,000|
|1st||LCK Summer 2015||$84,901|
|1st||LCK Spring 2015||$93,266|
Spring Split: 22nd Jan. – 14th Mar.
Summer Split: 11th Jun. – 29th Aug
Prize Pool (total): €400,000
LEC is one of the most prominent regional leagues, featuring some of the biggest names in professional LOL today.
The official LEC hometown is Berlin but other cities around Europe such as Athens, Rotterdam or Copenhagen, can host occasional matches.
As part of the official franchise system developed by Riot Games, LEC has a fixed number of “partner” teams, that, since 2019 no longer face relegation.
Following a similar format to the rest of the official Riot leagues, the LEC is played in a Group Stage + Playoffs format.
Group Stage starts on January 22 and ends on March 14th. The dates of the playoffs are not yet made public.
|Place||Prize||Points towards Worlds 20201|
Spring Split: 5th Feb. – 11th Apr.
Summer Split: 4th Jun. – 29th Aug.
Prize Pool (total): $400,000
The LoL Championship Series, a.k.a. LCS, is the official North American franchised LOL league.
Similar to its european counterpart the LCS features the same number of partner teams – and a yearly Season divided into the Spring and Summer Splits.
Between the two, the LCS is considered the less competitive league, sending only 3 seeds to the World Championship.
No LCS team has ever reached a grand Worlds final.
The 10 official LCS partner teams are 100 Thieves, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, Immortals, Team Liquid and TSM.
Date: Jan. 9 – Apr. 19
Summer Split: Jun 7- Sept 2
Prize Pool (total): $1,300,000
For our 6th and final spot on the list, we’re moving back to Asia.
The League of Legends Pro League or LPL is the highest-level LOL league in China and one organized a bit different to its European counterparts.
The league features 17 teams instead of 10, and even though it follows a similar calendar, with Spring and summer splits it offers a larger prize pool and a different format.
Due to a higher number of participating teams, the LPL uses a unique format among LOL leagues, with a Playoffs stage divided into two phases.
Although the LPL sends one direct seed to the MSI and one to the World Championship, the LPL teams have consistently performed well during the World Championships.
In 2020, Suning managed to reach the Worlds Final. A year before, in 2019, FunPlus Phoenix managed to win the event, defeating G2 in the final, winning over $800,000 in prizes.
Spring Split: 23rd Jan. – 11th Apr.
Summer Split: 19th Jun – 5th Sept
Prize Pool (total): ~$400,000
The Japanese official LOL league features the smallest number of partner teams but dont’ let that fool you.
LJL is home to some powerful rosters and talented players such as Ceros or Evi – both playing for Detonation FocusME.
The Japanese league uses a Best of 1 format for its Group Stages, with each team playing 14 matches. The tournament’s regular-season spans 11 weeks and seeds 6 teams into the playoffs.
The 1st and 2nd place are seeded into Winners’ Finals while the 3rd to 6th place are seeded into Losers’ Round 1.
The winner of the Spring Split qualifies for the Mid-Season Invitational 2021.
Like all the other leagues, the LJL is operated and sponsored by Riot Games. the 2021 edition of the league is scheduled to take place in Tokyo.
Watch live the LJL matches on Twitch at:
There you have it! Our take on the best LOL tournaments of 2021 and the ones you should definitely keep in mind if you’re looking to bet on League of Legends matches.
Did we miss anything? Would your top look any different? Let us know!
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