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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 2023?
While only 8 teams took part at first Worlds in 2011, there are now 22 teams in 2023. The best teams from around the world (top seeds) qualify for Worlds through the playoffs in their league.
These regions are participating in Worlds 2023:
- 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/Oceania - PCS (2 teams)
- Vietnam - VCS (2 teams)
- Brazil - CBLOL (1 team)
- Latin America - LLA (1 team)
- Japan - LJL (1 team)
- Worlds Qualifying Series (1 team)
14 teams qualify directly for Stage 2 of the World Championship through their placement in the regular season. The remaining 8 teams have to make up the remaining 2 slots in the play-in phase.
Play In (Stage 1)
In the Play-In stage, eight teams play in two double elimination brackets (best-of-3). The winners of the upper bracket then play against the winners of the lower bracket (best-of-5). Both winners of these qualification matches participate in the second stage.
Swiss System (Stage 2)
16 teams are now taking part in the second round. The Swiss system is now played for five rounds. Teams with three wins qualify for Stage 3, teams with three losses are disqualified.
Knockout (Stage 3)
Eight teams are now taking part in the Knockout stage. In a single-elimination bracket, the winner of the World Championship will be determined in best-of-5's. The winner of the tournament will receive millions of dollars in prize money (2020: $2.500.000).