The 2022 League of Legends World Championship caps off the competitive year in LoL esports with a hunt for the highest honor in League of Legends competition: being the best in the world. In 2022, hundreds of players tried yet again to get their team to reach their region’s top in order to qualify for Worlds. Only 24 teams have made it. Here’s who will be competing at the world championship this year.
LPL (League of Legends Pro League, China)
The LPL is widely regarded as the strongest region in modern League of Legends esports. Year after year their representatives have been the top performers at the world championships. In 2018, 2019, and 2021, the winner of the world championship was an LPL team. An LPL team has also won the last two Mid-Season Invitationals. The LPL gets to send four representatives this year, which are:
- JD Gaming (Summer Split champion)
- Top Esports (Championship points)
- EDward Gaming (Regional finals winner)
- Royal Never Give Up (Regional finals runner-up)
LCK (League of Legends Championship Korea)
South Korea was, for a long time, the most dominant region in League of Legends. While China has overtaken them in that regard, the LCK is still comfortably the second-best region in the world and continues to deliver teams that compete for the title. The LCK also sends for teams to Worlds 2022:
- Gen.G (Summer Split champion)
- T1 (Championship points)
- DWG KIA (Regional finals winner)
- DRX (Regional finals runner-up)
LEC (League of Legends European Championship)
Although the LEC had some glorious moments in League of Legends esports—most notably in 2018 and 2019—the region has started to shake since. Still, with a rigid talent-development scene at the base, Europe holds its head up decently on the international stage. It is because of their performances that Europe received an extra slot at Worlds this year, when it became clear that the LCL—the CIS competition—could not continue due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The four European teams at Worlds 2022 are:
- Rogue (Summer Split champion)
- G2 Esports (Summer Split runner-up)
- Fnatic (Third place in Summer Split)
- MAD Lions (Fourth place in Summer Split)
LCS (League of Legends Championship Series, North America)
League of Legends esports has four major regions and the LCS rounds off those four. LCS teams are in many cases a blend between North American talent and imported European players. Of the four major regions, the LCS has historically struggled the most with keeping up with the top. This year, the LCS is sending three teams to Worlds 2022:
- Cloud9 (Summer Split champion)
- 100 Thieves (Summer Split runner-up)
- Evil Geniuses (Third place in Summer Split)
VCS (Vietnam Championship Series)
2022 will be an important year for the VCS. It will be the first time since 2019 that the region is represented at the League of Legends World Championship. As a result of strict COVID-19 rules, the teams that qualified for Worlds in 2020 and 2021 were not able to leave Vietnam. With a trademark aggressive style, many have been longing to see the region back at full power. The VCS has two representatives at Worlds this year:
- GAM Esports (Summer Split champion)
- Saigon Buffalo (Summer Split runner-up)
PCS (Pacific Championship Series, Southeast Asia)
The PCS is a relatively new region. It was formed in 2019 when Riot decided to merge the LMS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao) and the LST (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia). Although the PCS has only sporadically trumped Europe and North America, the region is still a strong “gatekeeper” for smaller regions looking to take a jab at the top teams. This year’s PCS teams at Worlds are:
- CTBC Flying Oyster (Summer Split champion)
- Beyond Gaming (Summer Split runner-up)
LJL (League of Legends Japan League)
Japan has been making a lot of progress recently on the international stage. DetonatioN FocusMe, the region’s representative at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, was surprisingly competitive with LCS team Cloud9. Later that year, at Worlds, the same organization wrote history by qualifying for the Group Stage. Like all minor regions, the LJL has one representative at Worlds. This year’s representative is DetonatioN FocusMe, who won the Summer Split.
CBLoL (Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends, Brazil)
The Play-In Stage usually doesn’t have great viewership compared to the rest of Worlds 2022. Though if you see a viewership spike, chances are that the CBLoL team is playing. Brazil has traditionally struggled a lot on the international stage, but that hasn’t stopped the massive fan base from supporting their teams as loudly as they can. Worlds 2022 will mark the debut of LOUD on the international stage, as they won the CBLoL Split 2.
TCL (Turkish Championship League)
Turkey oscillates between having international representatives that make other regions sweat and having ones that fall flat instantly. It’s hard to predict which end of the spectrum they’ll drift towards with each event. The TCL has a relatively small region. Interestingly, though, quite a few players that ended up winning titles in major regions had their competitive debut in the TCL. Perhaps another future superstar will take to the stage underneath the TCL banner this year. At Worlds 2022, İstanbul Wildcats will represent the region, as they are the Summer Split champions.
LLA (Liga Latinoamérica)
The LLA encompasses many countries. From Mexico to Chile and many of the countries in between, the LLA is one of the largest regions when it comes to players eligible to compete in the tournament. LLA teams usually fight a steep uphill battle at international tournaments. While the expectations for the region aren’t high, the LLA offers a lot of entertainment through unique meta picks that sometimes catch opponents off guard. This year’s LLA representative at Worlds is Isurus, winner of the LLA’s Closing Season playoffs.
LCO (League of Legends Circuit Oceania)
The LCO is an ESL-run competition born from the ashes of the OPL (Oceanic Pro League), which Riot pulled the plug from in 2020 after not getting a high enough return on investment. Ever since Riot let go of the league, Oceanic players no longer take up an import slot in the LCS. This made it appealing for North American teams to pick up the best talent to give it a shot but also caused the region to bleed talent. This year’s LCO representative is Chiefs Esports Club, LCO’s Split 2 champion.