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League of Legends World Championship, MSI, and Rift Rivals locations announced

Worlds is finally returning to South Korea!

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Riot announced early Tuesday morning the official locations of each of the year’s biggest tournaments. Among the list of hosting regions includes a few returning favorites and a few new opportunities.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.

World Championship 2018

Worlds is headed back to South Korea for 2018! For the first time since the 2014 season, the World Championships will be held in the home country of League of Legends’ most dominant teams. Since 2013, every World Championship winning team has come from South Korea, along with eight of the ten finalists.

Riot has yet to announce any other details, such as dates or specific locations, but this post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Mid-Season Invitational 2018

MSI, Riot’s middle of the year tournament that acts as a sort of mini-Worlds, will be hosted in Europe this year. The tournament’s opening stages, such as the Play-In and Group Stages, will be hosted at the EU LCS Studio in Berlin over the course of almost three weeks in May — May 3-6, 8-9, 11-15.

Meanwhile, the tournament’s Knockout Stage will be hosted at the Zenith Paris La Villette in Paris on May 18-20. This marks the first time that Europe has hosted MSI and the first chance the region has had to host anything since the 2016 All-Star Event in Barcelona.

Rift Rivals

Riot’s most regionally diverse tournament, Rift Rivals will once again take place simultaneously across as variety of different regions, however, most of this year’s competitions will have a different host than last year’s.

  • North America vs. Europe: USA
  • China vs. Korea vs. LMS: China
  • Brazil vs. LatAm North vs. LatAm South: Brazil
  • Oceania vs. Southeast Asia vs. Japan: Australia
  • Vietnam vs. Russia vs. Turkey: Vietnam

All-Star Event 2018

All Stars is once again headed for the North America, though no specific location was announced this time, Riot has said that more information on the end-of-year tournament will be coming soon.