Playing League of Legends at the professional level requires a lot of split-second calculations, spatial awareness and precision. Sometimes, being a fan and making sense of the brackets requires those same skills. So as the World Championship nears, here’s a breakdown of the key information about how Riot Games runs the tournament.

We broke down how qualified teams made it there, the paths that remain for hopefuls and then what all of them will face when the fight for the crown begins.

Who’s already through?

A few of the best in the world have already secured a path to Worlds. The paths they took varied based on region and how well they did over the summer split. The EU LCS, LCK (LoL Champions Korea), LPL (China’s LoL Pro League) and the NA LCS are each sending three teams. Read more…

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