Today kicks off the League of Legends Season 3 World Championships, where 14 of the best teams from North America, Europe, South Korea, China, and Southeast Asia will compete for $2,000,000 and the title of best League of Legends team in the world.
The Season 3 finals begin with six days of group stage matches, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Quarterfinals to meet with the first-place finishers of each region. Teams in the group stage include Team SoloMid and Team Vulcun from the United States, Samsung Galaxy Ozone and SK Telecom T1 from South Korea, Fnatic, Gambit Gaming (Russia), Lemondogs (Sweden), GamingGear (Lithuania) from Europe, OMG from China, and Mineski from the Philippines. Cloud 9 from the United States, Gamania Bears from Taiwan, Najin Sword from South Korea, and Royal Club from China await in the Quarterfinals.
Group A begins with North America Season 3 runner-ups Team SoloMid taking on GamingGear who qualified through the wildcard tournament. Group B will start with European Season 3 Champions Fnatic taking on Vulcun.
Professional players whos teams have been eliminated from the playoffs will be analysts for the event, including Counter Logic Gaming’s Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng, Evil Geniuses Stephen "Snoopeh" Ellis, and SK Gaming’s Carlos "ocelote" Rodríguez Santiago. They will join Riot Games’ broadcasters Leigh “Deman” Smith, David “Phreak” Turley, and Joshua "Jatt" Leesman.
GameSpot eSports will be providing live coverage and updates every day from the Season 3 Championships.