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The 2018 World Championship has been an absolute whirlwind and, quite possibly, it has been the best League of Legends tournament we’ve seen yet.
That means we couldn’t be more excited about how future World Championships will play out – will the LCK be able to reclaim their title? Will the NA LCS ever make it past the semi-finals?
While we won’t know the answers to those questions for a long time, Riot has given us something to think about in the interim. Namely, staff members at LoL Esports have just released further information about which regions will host the World Championships between 2019 and 2021.
This year's Worlds Championship in South Korea has been amazing, so it’s going to be a tough job for the 2019 host region to match the hype and experience.
That job falls in the hands of the EU LCS, with Paris being named as the host city for the 2019 Worlds finals.
Although we don’t yet know which cities will host the various other stages of the 2019 Worlds tournament, it’s not unreasonable to expect a few different European cities to get in on the action, and Berlin seems like a good candidate seeing as the regular season of the EU LCS is held there.
While we’re free to speculate, there’s no doubt that confirmation of the host cities will come from Riot in due course.
When it comes to Worlds in 2020, it looks like we’re heading back to China for all the action. Although China last hosted Worlds just a year ago in 2017, it’s not surprising that Worlds is returning there, given how successful the tournament and overall viewership statistics were.
Plus, who else remembers that AR dragon during the 2017 Worlds finals – that won an Emmy! If 2017 was anything to go by, expect big things for 2020.
Last, but certainly not least in the announcement, is that the 2021 Worlds tournament will take place in North America.
North America is no stranger to Worlds, having hosted the tournament three times already. Expect the fourth time to be the charm!
Although announcing the host regions for the Worlds Championships so far in advance is an uncharacteristic move from Riot, we’ll be the first to admit that it’s great to know early on where the Worlds finals will be.
Hopefully, this will give people extra time to plan their trip if they intend to head to Worlds in person. Although, even if you’re planning on staying in and watching the tournament from the comfort of your home, at least you now have a good idea of what the time differences will be for watching all the games from the play-ins, group stage, and knockouts!
You can read the full press release from LoL Esports here.
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