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2014 League of Legends World Championship

The 2014 League of Legends World Championship was the world championship that was held from September 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014 for the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game League of Legends. It was the fourth iteration of the League of Legends World Championship. Matches were held in Taipei, Singapore, and Seoul, with grand finals being at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.[3] The 16 teams qualified by either winning a major professional league or a regional qualifying tournament. There was a 16 team round-robin group stage followed by an 8 team single elimination bracket. The games were officially streamed on twitch.tv and Azubu in several languages and the finals were aired online on ESPN3.

League of Legends World Championship
2014
2014 LoL World Championship logo.jpg
Tournament information
Location Taiwan
 Singapore
 South Korea
DatesSeptember 18–October 19
Administrator(s)Riot Games
Tournament
format(s)
16 team round-robin group stage
8 team single-elimination bracket
Venue(s)
Teams16
Purse$2,130,000
Final positions
Champions Samsung White
(1st title)
Runner-up Star Horn Royal Club
Tournament statistics
Matches played78
Attendance40,000+ (final)
MVPSouth Korea Cho "Mata" Se-Hyeong (Samsung White)[2]
Highest KDASouth Korea Jang "Looper" Hyeong-seok (Samsung White)[1]
Highest GPMSouth Korea Heo "Pawn" Won-seok (Samsung White)[1]
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The group stage began September 18 in Taipei at the National Taiwan University Sports Center and concluded September 28 in Singapore at the Singapore EXPO with eight teams advancing to the bracket stage.[4] The bracket stage started on October 3 in Busan, South Korea at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, and concluded on October 19 with the grand finals hosted at the 45,000-seats Seoul World Cup Stadium,[5][6] where South Korean team Samsung Galaxy White beat the Chinese team Star Horn Royal Club to become the 2014 League of Legends world champions.[7][8][9]

American band Imagine Dragons contributed the theme song "Warriors" for the tournament,[10] and performed live on the grand finals stage in South Korea.[11] All games were made available for free via live streaming.[12] The music video for Warriors is currently the most viewed League of Legends video online, with over 100 million views.[13]

The 2014 World Championship games were streamed live by 40 broadcast partners, and cast in 19 languages. The grand finals were watched by 27 million people, with concurrent viewership peaking at over 11 million viewers.

Contents

TeamsEdit

The following teams qualified to participate in the tournament's group stage:[14]

Region League Path Team ID Pool
South Korea The Champions Most Circuit Points #1   Samsung Galaxy Blue SSB 1
Most Circuit Points #2   Samsung Galaxy White SSW 2
Regional Finals Winner   NaJin White Shield NWS
China LPL Regional Finals Winner #1   EDward Gaming EDG 1
Regional Finals Winner #2   Star Horn Royal Club SHR 2
Regional Finals Winner #3   OMG OMG
Europe EU LCS Summer Champion   Alliance ALL 1
Summer Runner-up   Fnatic FNC 2
Summer Third-place   SK Gaming SK 3
North America NA LCS Summer Champion   Team SoloMid TSM 1
Summer Runner-up   Cloud9 C9 2
Summer Third-place   LMQ LMQ 3
TW/HK/MO & SEA GPL Summer Champion   Taipei Assassins TPA 2
Regional Finals Winner   ahq e-Sports Club AHQ
Wildcard Brazil CBLol IWCT CBLol Regional Finals Winner
►IWCT PAX 2014 Winner
  KaBuM! e-Sports KBM 3
Turkey TCL TCL Regional Finals Winner
►IWCT Gamescom 2014 Winner
  Dark Passage DP 3

Group stageEdit

The group stage was played in a best of one double round-robin format, with the top two teams from each of the four groups advancing to the knockout stage, for a total of eight teams.

Group AEdit

# Team Record ~ SSW EDG AHQ DP Tie-Break
1   Samsung Galaxy White 6-0 SSW ~ 2-0 2-0 2-0
2   Edward Gaming 3-3 EDG 0-2 ~ 1-1 2-0 Win
3   ahq e-Sports Club 3-3 AHQ 0-2 1-1 ~ 2-0 Loss
4   Dark Passage 0-6 DP 0-2 0-2 0-2 ~

Group BEdit

# Team Record ~ SHR TSM SK TPA
1   Star Horn Royal Club 5-1 SHR ~ 1-1 2-0 2-0
2   Team SoloMid 4-2 TSM 1-1 ~ 1-1 2-0
3   SK Gaming 2-4 SK 0-2 1-1 ~ 1-1
4   Taipei Assassins 1-5 TPA 0-2 0-2 1-1 ~

Group CEdit

# Team Record ~ SSB OMG FNC LMQ
1   Samsung Galaxy Blue 5-1 SSB ~ 2-0 1-1 2-0
2   OMG 3-3 OMG 0-2 ~ 2-0 1-1
3   Fnatic 2-4 FNC 1-1 0-2 ~ 1-1
  LMQ 2-4 LMQ 0-2 1-1 1-1 ~

Group DEdit

# Team Record ~ NWS C9 ALL KBM Tie-Break
1   NaJin White Shield 4-2 NWS ~ 1-1 1-1 2-0 Win
2   Cloud 9 4-2 C9 1-1 ~ 1-1 2-0 Loss
3   Alliance 3-3 ALL 1-1 1-1 ~ 1-1
4   KaBuM! e-Sports 1-5 KBM 0-2 0-2 1-1 ~

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
2014-10-03 – Busan[a]
 
 
 Team SoloMid 1
 
2014-10-11 – Seoul[b]
 
 Samsung Galaxy White 3
 
 Samsung Galaxy White 3
 
2014-10-04 – Busan
 
 Samsung Galaxy Blue 0
 
 Cloud 9 1
 
2014-10-19 – Seoul[c]
 
 Samsung Galaxy Blue 3
 
 Samsung Galaxy White 3
 
2014-10-05 – Busan
 
 StarHorn Royal Club 1
 
 StarHorn Royal Club 3
 
2014-10-12 – Seoul
 
  EDward Gaming 2
 
 StarHorn Royal Club 3
 
2014-10-06 – Busan
 
 OMG 2
 
 NaJin White Shield 0
 
 
 OMG 3
 

Final standingsEdit

Place Team Prize money[15]
1st   Samsung Galaxy White $1,000,000
2nd   Star Horn Royal Club $250,000
3rd–4th   OMG $150,000
  Samsung Galaxy Blue
5–8th   Cloud9 $75,000
  EDward Gaming
  NaJin White Shield
  Team SoloMid
9–11th   ahq e-Sports Club $45,000
  Alliance
  SK Gaming
12–13th   Fnatic $35,000
  LMQ
14–16th   Dark Passage $25,000
  KaBuM! e-Sports
  Taipei Assassins

Viewership and attendanceEdit

Around 40,000 fans attended the grand finals between Samsung White and Star Horn Royal Club.[16] It is estimated that there were 288 million cumulative views throughout the entire tournament.[17][18][19]

The 2014 World Championship games were streamed live by 40 broadcast partners, and cast in 19 languages. The grand finals were watched by 27 million people, with concurrent viewership peaking at over 11 million viewers.[17][18]

Racism incidentEdit

Prior to the World Championship group stage in Taipei, SK Gaming's Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen acted in a racially insensitive way while playing on the Taiwanese server, being disrespectful towards other players and naming his account "TaipeiChingChong". Johnsen was fined US$2,500 and was suspended from his team's first three games in the tournament.[20]

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ "Watch ‘League Of Legends’ World Championship 2014 Live Online". Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Imagine Dragons: Warriors | Worlds 2014 - League of Legends". 17 September 2014.
  14. ^ Jackson, Leah (September 8, 2015). "WORLDS 2014 GROUP STAGE SELECTION RESULTS". LoL Esports. Riot Games. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "League of Legends World Championships Prize Distribution - $2.13 Million USD Total". onGamers. CBS Interactive. August 5, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  16. ^ Tassi, Paul (October 19, 2015). "40,000 Korean Fans Watch SSW Win 2014 'League of Legends' World Championship". Forbes. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "WORLDS 2014 BY THE NUMBERS". Riot Games. December 1, 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-12-02. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  18. ^ a b Gafford, Travis (December 1, 2014). "League of Legends 2014 World Championship Viewer Numbers (Infograph)". onGamers. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  19. ^ Dorsey, Patrick (December 14, 2014). "'League of Legends' ratings top NBA Finals, World Series clinchers". ESPN. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  20. ^ "League of Legends Competition Ruling: Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen | LoL Esports". Retrieved October 8, 2014.

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