Top-ranking Chinese team EDward gaming shocked the world when they lost to amateur Brazilian team, INTZ eSports.
Such surprises are what characterizes ‘Worlds’, the annual League of Legends tournament where sixteen of the world’s best teams compete for glory and a piece of the massive $2,000,000 prize pool. The tournament will run from September 30th to October 29th; starting in San Francisco and culminating in the Grand Finals here, at the LA Staples Center.
Last year’s World Championships saw a total 36 million viewers, and 14 million concurrent viewers during the finals. With these numbers, it’s no surprise this year’s tickets are already sold out. But for the extremely passionate, they can still be purchased on resale sites like stubhub.com at inflated prices.
The rest of us will be watching online.” Seeing the tides turn,” says Senior Jessica Lee, “Makes the games interesting.” Sophomore Mohamad Elmoussawi was particularly engrossed in Friday’s match between NA’s Cloud9 and Korea’s SK Telecom 11 “because it featured two players who were previously on the same team face each other as enemies.”
Shocked by INTZ eSports’ victory, Junior Cody Wong wonders “if the [NA Teams] can finally be as good as the Asian teams.”