League of Legends: Season 3 World Championship

The Season 3 World Championship was the third iteration of the annual League of Legends World Championship and the last one not to be formally titled after the year it took place.

Season 3 World Championship
Tournament information
Location United States
DatesSeptember 15–October 4
Administrator(s)Riot Games
10 team round-robin group stage
8 team single-elimination bracket
Venue(s)3 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions SK Telecom T1
(1st title)
Runner-up Royal Club
Tournament statistics
Matches played63
← 2012
2014 →

SK Telecom T1 defeated Royal Club 3–0 in the finals and took their first championship.


  • 14 teams participate
  • Four teams receive direct entry into Quarter-finals through top 4 of All-Star Shanghai 2013.
    • Seed #1 from China, South Korea, North America, and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau[1]
Region Path Team ID
Starting in the Playoff stage
China China Regional Finals Winner   Royal Club RYL
North America NA LCS Summer Champion   Cloud9 C9
South Korea The Champion Most Circuit Points #1   NaJin Black Sword NJS
TW/HK/MO TW/HK/MO Regional Finals Winner   Gamania Bears GAB
Starting in the Group stage
China China Regional Finals Runner-up   Oh My God OMG
Europe EU LCS Summer Champion   Fnatic FNC
EU LCS Summer Runner-up   Lemondogs LD
EU LCS Summer 3rd Place   Gambit Gaming GMB
North America NA LCS Summer Runner-up   Team SoloMid TSM
NA LCS Summer 3rd Place   Team Vulcun VUL
South Korea The Champion Most Circuit Points #2   Samsung Ozone SSO
Korea Regional Finals Winner   SK Telecom T1 K SKT
Southeast Asia SEA Regional Finals Winner   Mineski MSK
CIS►Wildcard Regional CIS Championship
IWCT Winner
  GamingGear.EU GG

Group stageEdit

  • Ten teams are drawn into two groups with five teams in each group based on their seeding. Teams of the same region cannot be placed in the same group (excepted seed #3 of Europe is Gambit Gaming).
  • Double round robin, all matches are best-of-one.
  • If teams have the same win-loss record and head-to-head record, a tiebreaker match is played for second place.
  • Top two teams of each group will advance to Playoff stage. Bottom three teams are eliminated.

Group AEdit

1   Oh My God OMG ~ 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 7 1
1   SK Telecom T1 K SKT 1–1 ~ 2–0 2–0 2–0 7 1
3   Lemondogs LD 0–2 0–2 ~ 1–1 2–0 3 5
4   Team SoloMid TSM 0–2 0–2 1–1 ~ 1–1 2 6
5   GamingGear.eu GG 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 ~ 1 7

Group BEdit

1   Fnatic FNC ~ 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 7 1
2   Gambit Gaming GMB 0–2 ~ 1–1 2–0 2–0 5 3 W
3   Samsung Ozone SSO 0–2 1–1 ~ 2–0 2–0 5 3 L
4   Team Vulcun VUL 1–1 0–2 0–2 ~ 2–0 3 5
5   Mineski MSK 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 ~ 0 8

Playoff stageEdit

Broadcast desk during the playoffs
  • Eight teams are drawn into a single elimination bracket.
  • Quarterfinals matches are best-of-three, Semifinals and Final match are best-of-five.
  • The auto-qualified team is drawn against the team from Group stage.
  • Teams from same group will be on opposite sides of the bracket, meaning they cannot play each other until the Finals.
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
AQ   Gamania Bears 0
A1   SK Telecom T1 K 2
  SK Telecom T1 K 3
  NaJin Black Sword 2
AQ   NaJin Black Sword 2
B2   Gambit Gaming 1
  SK Telecom T1 K 3
  Royal Club 0
AQ   Royal Club 2
A1   Oh My God 0
  Royal Club 3
  Fnatic 1
AQ   Cloud9 1
B1   Fnatic 2

Final standingsEdit

Team RankingEdit

Place Team Prize money[2]
1st   SK Telecom T1 K $1,000,000
2nd   Royal Club $250,000
3rd–4th   Fnatic $150,000
  NaJin Black Sword
5–8th   Cloud9 $75,000
  Gamania Bears
  Gambit Gaming
  Oh My God
9–10th   Lemondogs $45,000
  Samsung Ozone
11–12th   Team SoloMid $30,000
  Team Vulcun
13–14th   GamingGear.EU $25,000

Viewership and attendanceEdit

The 2013 World Championship final was watched over Twitch by over 32 million people, with a peak of 8.5 million concurrent views, a large increase from the 2012 finals of 8.2 million viewers, with 1.1 millions peak concurrent ones. The numbers shattered the previous records for any eSports event. These numbers were much higher than those of other competitor eSports events for Dota 2 and Starcraft 2, the former of which only reached one million concurrent viewers.[3]

Riot's 8.5 million concurrent viewers is on a par with the "more than 8 million" people that watched Felix Baumgartner's jump from the edge of space. Exact figures for streaming events are difficult to ascertain, but All Things D reports that Baumgartner's jump was "web video's biggest event ever."

League of Legends is by far the biggest entity in the pro-gaming sector, regularly outstripping the stream viewer numbers of its major competitors, including Valve's Dota 2 and Blizzard's StarCraft II. In context, Valve's flagship Dota 2 tournament — The International 3 — took place two months before the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship finals and reached one million concurrent viewers. We came to withness Genja.


  1. ^ Although TW/HK/MO All-stars team in All-star Event also represented for Southeast Asia region (both regions are organized by Garena), but Playoff spot was decided for team of TW/HK/MO Regional Winner without competition in GPL because of the championship of Taipei Assassins in last year.
  2. ^ "S3 World Championship Telah Dimulai!" (in Indonesian). Garena. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.theverge.com/2013/11/19/5123724/league-of-legends-world-championship-32-million-viewers

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