The World Championship of League of Legends (LoL) is the most prestigious tournament of Riot Games. Since 2011, some regions of the world have stood out over the others. South Korea, China, the United States and Europe are among the world’s strongest leagues. Meanwhile, the likes of Japan, Oceania and Brazil have failed to make their mark in the competition. Let’s have a look back at the regions with the worst history in Worlds.
Since it was founded in February 2014, the League of Legends Japan League (LJL) is a league that encompasses the Japanese teams of Riot’s professional circuit. It has never had representatives in the main event of the World Cup. The first participation of the region only happened after the creation of the entry phase in 2017. At that time, Japan was represented by Rampage.
But Rampage disappointed and bid farewell to the play-in with four defeats in four games . A year later, in 2018, the Japanese campaign improved. The detonation FocusMe eliminated Brazilian KABUM in group C and qualified for the second round of the play-in phase. The team however lost to Chinese EDward Gaming and failed to get into the main event. This year the side failed to make it to the group stage as they were eliminated by Splyce.
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Another region that made its Worlds debut only after the entry phase was created is Oceania. Representatives of the Oceanic Pro League (OPL), a league founded in February 2015, debuted in the 2017 competition with Dire Wolves. The Australians finished the championship in Group B with three defeats and only one victory.
In 2018, the Wolves won the regional tournament and represented the continent once again in the League of Legends World Cup. The performance was identical to 2017 with three losses and one win.
Latin American teams have never been on the main stage of the World Cup. Until 2018 the continent was split into North and South and both divisions failed to make their mark. Before the Play-In was created, American teams always got eliminated in the International Wildcards. With Play-In, the continent got the chance to compete in the competition.
Unfortunately, the region still faced a fair share of problems. In 2017 and 2018, Lyon Gaming and Infinity Esports represented the north (LAN) and even advanced to the second round, but were eliminated by Cloud9 and G2 Esports respectively. Meanwhile, the southern part of the continent (LAS), which was represented by Kaos Latin Gamers in both editions, failed to qualify for the Play-Ins.
One of the oldest regions of Riot’s professional circuit, Brazil appeared in the group stage of the World Cup for three years in a row: 2014 with KaBuM, 2015 with paiN Gaming and 2016 with INTZ. The teams finished at the last spot on all three occasions.