On 4th December, Riot Games shook the League of Legends (LoL) community with significant announcements regarding the 2024 season of LoL Esports. Among the key updates include changes to slots for Worlds 2024, the locations for the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) and Worlds, and the start dates for the first splits of the regional leagues.
Worlds 2024 Slots Explained: Changes to MSI & Worlds
Riot Games is focused on elevating the esports experience for LoL. In 2024, several regions will have a base of 3 Worlds slots, including LEC, LCS, LCK, and LPL. Additionally, PCS and VCS will retain two Worlds slots each, while LLA and CBLOL will retain one slot each. These changes aim to amplify the competition and create a stronger connection between MSI and Worlds.
Notably, the MSI 2024 winning team will secure a guaranteed spot at Worlds, and the second best performing region at MSI will also secure an additional seed for their region at Worlds.
MSI 2024 & Worlds 2024 Locations
MSI 2024 will be held in Chengdu, China from 1st to 19th May 2024, marking the first time a global LoL Esports event will be hosted in the city. Worlds 2024 is headed to Europe, with the grand finals in London, England, and earlier stages in Berlin and Paris.
Regional Leagues’ Start Dates Announced
Riot Games revealed the start dates for the first splits of the LoL Esports 2024 calendar:
- LEC: 13th January
- LLA: 16th January
- LCK: 17th January
- PCS: 19th January
- LCS: 20th January
- VCS: 20th January
- CBLOL: 20th January
- LPL: 22nd January
Additionally, Riot Games introduced the LoL Esports Hall of Legends in celebration of the 14th year of LoL Esports.
1. How will MSI 2024 impact Worlds 2024?
The MSI 2024 winning team will secure a guaranteed spot at Worlds, and the second best performing region at MSI will also secure an additional seed for their region at Worlds, thus impacting the slots allocation for Worlds 2024.
2. What are the significant changes in Worlds 2024 slots allocation?
For the 2024 season, several regions will have a base of 3 Worlds slots, with PCS and VCS retaining two slots each, and LLA and CBLOL retaining one slot each.
3. When does the first split of LEC in LoL Esports 2024 start?
The first split of LEC in LoL Esports 2024 is scheduled to start on 13th January.
The 2024 season of LoL Esports is poised to be an exciting and transformative period for the professional League of Legends scene. With changes to Worlds slots allocation, the introduction of LoL Esports Hall of Legends, and the global expansion of events, fans and players alike can look forward to a thrilling year of competition and celebration within the League of Legends community.