Competitive landscape of LoL in 2018
The competitive landscape of LoL is becoming more and more popular in the world. The game of Riot Games entered its eighth season of life, preparing to reach the tenth anniversary on the right foot. Assisted by more than 60 million people in 2017, the Worlds, the LoL World Championship, is already one of the most respected esports competitions in the world. It is the second largest prize-winning tournament in eSports, behind only The International, of DotA 2.
Two seasons in a year?
League of Legends is an ever-changing game, both with respect to the mechanics of the game and the formations. The heroes are used within matches and different strategies are used by athletes in championships. With this, the shorter seasons make enough sense to take advantage of each different Meta provided by these changes. In 2018, the competitive landscape of LoL is divided into two splits.
The first split around the world revolved around the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) held in May. The winners of each regional championship promoted by Riot earned direct places in the MSI or the wildcards, the runner-ups of the regional championships had to go through the qualifier.
While the second split will take place around Worlds, with the same system of direct classification for some regions and the wildcard for others.
The regional competitions take place in the same format all across the world. The teams first compete in the group phase where the top 6 qualify for the playoffs.
The fall of Faker: Changes in the competitive landscape of LoL
Meanwhile, the world goes through one of the most important phases of the scenario. The reign of the Three-time world champion SK Telecom T1, team of the greatest player in League of Legends history, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, seems to have come to an end in his enormous dominance in the competitive landscape of LoL. After losing the Worlds 2017 to Samsung Galaxy by 3 to 0 in the best of five, the most victorious team of all time has entered a series of bad results, and runs the risk of not reaching the final phase of League Champions Korea, the LCK, in the spring season. The end of the SKT Dynasty signifies a new era in the League of Legends world stage. 2018 will end with a big question for the world of LoL, and the eighth season promises to end with great news for MOBA fans.
We cannot wait how this season will plan out. We also hope that this article helped you in the understanding of the competitive Circuit. RNG dominated MSI. Now let’s see who will come out on top after the end of Summer Split. Will SK become the dominant force in the 2nd half of the year or we will see new World Champions?
We wish all the sides best of luck in their future endeavours.