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Sound the alarms, it’s August once again! (Yes, really, we’re more than halfway through 2021.) With August comes playoffs across the world, and with playoffs come World Championship qualifications. Rogue was the first team to qualify to 2021 Worlds after defeating Misfits on Aug. 13, but many more will follow them in the coming weeks.

Below, find the four Worlds representatives from both of the League of Legends Pro League and the League of Legends Champions Korea. Then find the three representatives from the League of Legends Championship Series and League of Legends European Championship. Lastly, find the two representatives from the Pacific Championship Series and one representative from each of the emerging regions.

 

Worlds 2021 qualified teams
DAMWON Gaming lift the 2020 World Championship Summoner’s Cup. | Provided by Riot

LPL

The LPL auto-qualifies the team that wins the summer playoffs as the first seed and the team with the most championship points between spring and summer as the second seed. For their remaining two seeds, they have a Regional Finals tournament (AKA “The Gauntlet”) which features four teams with the most championship points that have not already qualified.

The 2021 FunPlus Phoenix roster. | Provided by Riot

Teams qualified for Worlds:

  • FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) qualified Aug. 27 after defeating Team WE in the semifinals of the LPL playoffs and guaranteeing enough Championship points to autoqualify.
  • Edward Gaming (EDG) qualified Aug. 29 after defeating Team WE in the Semifinals of the LPL playoffs and guaranteeing enough Championship points to autoqualify.
  • RNG (RNG) qualified Sept. 3 after defeating Team WE in the first round of the LPL Regional Finals.
  • LNG Esports (LNG) qualified Sept. 5 after defeating Team WE in the second round of the LPL Regional Finals.

Teams eliminated: 

  • Team WE (WE) 
  • Rare Atom (RA) 
  • Bilibili Gaming (BLG) 
  • Top Esports (TES) 
  • Suning (SN) 
  • Oh My God (OMG) 
  • LGD Gaming (LGD) 
  • JD Gaming (JDG) 
  • Invictus Gaming (IG) 
  • Rogue Warriors (RW) 
  • Ultra Prime (UP) 
  • ThunderTalk Gaming (TT) 
  • Victory Five (V5) 

LCK

The LCK auto-qualifies the team that wins the summer playoffs as the first seed and the team with the most championship points between spring and summer as the second seed. For their remaining two seeds, they have a Regional Finals tournament which features four teams with the most championship points that have not already qualified.

DWG KIA poses with a car. | Provided by DWG KIA

Teams qualified for Worlds:

  • DWG KIA (DK) qualified Aug. 14 after defeating Liiv SANDBOX in the regular season to guarantee enough Championship points to autoqualify.
  • Gen.G (GEN) qualified Aug. 21 after DWG KIA defeated NongShim REDFORCE in the LCK playoffs, guaranteeing Gen.G enough Championship points to autoqualify.
  • T1 (T1) qualified Aug. 22 after defeating Gen.G in the LCK playoffs to guarantee enough Championship points.
  • Hanwha Life Esports (HLE) qualified Sept. 1 after defeating NongShim REDFORCE in Round 2 of the LCK Regional Finals.

Teams eliminated: 

  • NongShim REDFORCE (NS) 
  • Liiv SANDBOX (LSB) 
  • Afreeca Freecs (AF) 
  • KT Rolster (KT) 
  • Fredit BRION (BRO) 
  • DRX (DRX) 

LCS

The LCS qualifies the top three teams from the LCS Championship (summer playoffs). The teams’ seeds correlate with their placement in the playoffs. They do not have Championship Points or a Regional Finals tournament for the final seed.

On Aug. 22, the LCS finalized their three representatives, 100 Thieves, Team Liquid, and Cloud9.

The 100 Thieves roster poses with Gucci merchandise. | Provided by 100 Thieves

Teams qualified for Worlds:

  • 100 Thieves (100) qualified Aug. 14 by securing top three in playoffs, winning their first series against Evil Geniuses.
  • Team Liquid (TL) qualified Aug. 15 by securing top three in playoffs, winning their second series against TSM.
  • Cloud9 (C9) qualified Aug. 22 by securing top three in playoffs, winning the lower bracket finals against TSM.

Teams eliminated:

  • TSM (TSM)
  • Immortals (IMT)
  • Evil Geniuses (EG)
  • Dignitas (DIG)
  • Golden Guardians (GG)
  • FlyQuest (FLY)
  • Counter Logic Gaming (CLG)

LEC

The LEC auto-qualifies the team that wins the summer playoffs as the first seed. The team with the most championship points between spring and summer is the LEC second seed and the team with the second-most points is the third seed. Despite having Championship Points, they do not have a Regional Finals tournament for the third seed.

On Aug. 22, the LEC finalized their three representatives, Rogue, MAD Lions, and Fnatic.

Rogue pose on the LEC stage. | Provided by Riot

Teams qualified for Worlds:

  • Rogue (RGE) qualified Aug. 13 by securing top three in playoffs, winning their first series against Misfits.
  • MAD Lions (MAD) qualified Aug. 14 by securing top three in playoffs, winning their first series against G2 Esports.
  • Fnatic (FNC) qualified Aug. 14 by securing top three in playoffs, winning the lower bracket finals against G2 Esports.

Teams eliminated:

  • G2 Esports (G2)
  • Misfits (MSF)
  • Vitality (VIT)
  • Astralis (AST)
  • Excel (XL)
  • SK Gaming (SK)
  • Schalke 04 (S04)

PCS

The PCS qualifies the top two teams from the PCS summer playoffs. The teams’ seeds correlate with their placement in the playoffs.

PSG Talon at the Mid-Season Invitational. | Provided by PSG Talon

Teams qualified for Worlds: 

  • Beyond Gaming (BYG) qualified 8/27 by securing top two in the playoffs, winning the upper bracket finals against PSG Talon.
  • PSG Talon (PSG) qualified 8/28 by securing top two in the playoffs, winning the lower bracket finals against J Team.

Teams eliminated: 

  • J Team (JT)
  • Machi Esports (MCX)
  • BOOM Esports (BME)
  • Hong Kong Attitude (HKA)
  • Liyab Esports (LYB)
  • Berjaya Dragons (BJD)
  • Impunity (IMP)
  • Alpha Esports (ALF)

 

Worlds 2021 qualified teams
Pentanet.GG players pose for Mid-Season Invitational promotional images. | Provided by Riot

Emerging Regions

Each of the emerging regions only has one representative at Worlds. Each representative is the winner of the summer playoffs, there is no Regional Finals tournament, nor Championship Points.

Latin America League (LLA, Latin America)

  • Infinity Esports (INF) qualified Aug. 28 by winning the finals in the LLA playoffs against Estral Esports.

League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO, Oceania)

  • Peace (PCE) qualified Aug. 31 by winning the finals in the LCO playoffs against Pentanet.GG.

League of Legends Continental League (LCL, Russia)

  • Unicorns of Love (UOL) qualified Sept. 4 by winning the finals in the LCL playoffs against CrowCrowd.

Circuit Brazilian League of Legends (CBLOL, Brazil)

  • Red Canids (RED) qualified on Sept. 4 by winning the finals in the CBLOL playoffs against Rensga Esports.

Turkish Championship League (TCL, Turkey)

  • Galatasaray Esports (GS) qualified on Sept. 4 by winning the finals in the TCL playoffs against NASR Turkey.

League of Legends Japan League (LJL, Japan)

  • DetonatioN FM (DFM) qualified on Sept. 5 by winning the finals in the LJL playoffs against Rascal Jester.

 

Note: The Vietnam Championship Series is supposed to have two seeds for Worlds, but they have not yet played a single match this summer. Riot has not released their plans for their proposed two seeds. Find more information on upcoming qualifier matches here.




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