It’s been a long time coming, but tomorrow is the League of Legends World Championship Finals.
Two of the world’s best teams face off at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris after a grueling month-long slog of groups and knockout stages.
With a prize pool tallying up to over $6.5 million, it’s serious business.
European powerhouse G2 Esports vies to bring home the coveted League of Legends Summoner’s Cup to Europe for the first time. Chinese and Korean teams have long dominated the competition, and G2 Esports is the West’s best chance at reversing that trend once and for all.
Although they entered Worlds 2019 as one of the teams to beat, their journey has been nothing short of spectacular. They took down perennial Korean titans SK Telecom T1 and their famed mid laner, Faker, in the semi-finals. Then, they ousted hot favorites for the title, DAMWON Gaming, in the quarters.
Opposite them will sit FunPlus Phoenix. While few would have expected the top seed from the Chinese League of Legends Pro League to advance this far, the team has stormed through the competition, sidelining last year’s winners, Invictus Gaming, in convincing style in the process.
G2 Esports go in as favorites, but by now, we should know not to discount any eventuality when it comes to FunPlus Phoenix.
Millions are expected to tune in, and forecasts slate the finals for a record-breaking audience.
In last weekend’s semi-final match up between G2 Esports and SKT Telecom T1, audiences peaked at 4 million concurrent viewers. The series thrashed this summer’s Fortnite World Cup Finals in peak viewership figures, which drew in a seemingly impressive 2.3 million viewers.
If you still need convincing that esports is here to stay, then tune in tomorrow to sample what is nothing short of the NBA Finals of esports.
You can stream the League of Legends World Championship tomorrow, Nov. 10, at 1 pm CET, 12 pm GMT, 7 am ET, and 4 am PT. You can watch over on the official League of Legends channels on Twitch and YouTube.
You can also jump in an hour early to watch the opening ceremony, which – going by past years – is worth watching simply for how flamboyant it can get. Here’s the trailer.
Think Super Bowl halftime show for esports.