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List of all World Champions and Runner-Ups
|Season||Winner||Region Winner||Runner-Up||Region Runner-Up|
|2022||DragonX||LCK (South Korea)||T1||LCK (South Korea)|
|2021||Edward Gaming||LPL (China)||Damwon Gaming||LCK (South Korea)|
|2020||Damwon Gaming||LCK (South Korea)||Suning||LPL (China)|
|2019||FunPlus Phoenix||LPL (China)||G2 Esports||LEC (Europe)|
|2018||Invictus Gaming||LPL (China)||Fnatic||LEC (Europe)|
|2017||Samsung Galaxy||LCK (South Korea)||SK Telecom T1||LCK (South Korea)|
|2016||SK Telecom T1||LCK (South Korea)||Samsung Galaxy||LCK (South Korea)|
|2015||SK Telecom T1||LCK (South Korea)||KOO Tigers||LCK (South Korea)|
|2014||Samsung Galaxy White||LCK (South Korea)||Star Horn Royal Club||LPL (China)|
|2013||SK Telecom T1||LCK (South Korea)||Royal Club Huang Zu||LPL (China)|
|2012||Taipei Assassins||PCS (Taiwan)||Azubu Frost||LCK (South Korea)|
|2011||Fnatic||LEC (Europe)||against All authority||LEC (Europe)|
Who is Participating in Worlds 2021?
While only 8 teams took part at first Worlds in 2011, in recent years there have usually been 24 teams. The best teams from around the world (top seeds) qualify for Worlds through the playoffs in their league.
These regions are participating in Worlds 2021:
- Europe - LEC (3 teams)
- North America - LCS (3 teams)
- South Korea - LCK (4 teams)
- China - LPL (4 teams)
- Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau/South East Asia - PCS (2 teams)
- Commonwealth of Independent States - LCL (1 team)
- Brazil - CBLOL (1 team)
- Latin America - LLA (1 team)
- Japan - LJL (1 team)
- Oceania - LCO (1 team)
- Turkey - TCL (1 team)
12 teams qualify directly for the world championship through their placement in the regular season. The remaining 12 teams have to battle out the remaining 4 slots in the play-in stage.
In the group phase (round 1) of the play-in stage, the top 8 of the 12 teams from 4 groups qualify for the knockout phase (round 2) after a double round robin (best-of-1).
In the knockout phase, the first-placed team always plays against the second-placed team from another group in a best-of-5. The winners of these 4 matches qualify for the world championship.
Worlds starts its group phase with 16 teams in 4 groups. After a double round robin (best-of-1), the top 2 teams in each group qualify for the knockout phase.
In the knockout phase, the winner will be determined in a best-of-5 over the next 3 rounds. The winner of the tournament will receive millions of dollars in prize money (2020: $2.500.000).