The Location of 2021 Worlds Is All But Official — the Laugardalshöll Sporting Arena
If the rumor mill is to be believed, the 2021 Worlds location is all but official: 22 of the best teams the world of competitive LoL has to offer will clash off in the Laugardalshöll Sporting Arena in Reykjavik, Iceland! And if that venue sounds familiar, it is probably because Riot had recently hosted both the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational and the Valorant Masters.
As always, the tournament will be divided into five different segments: play-ins (October 5–9), group stage (11–18), quarterfinals (22–25), semifinals (30–31), and grand finals (November 6).
Unfortunately, live attendance will not be an option for any of the aforementioned stages. It’s a depressing pill to swallow, but it makes sense given the current state of the world and the rampant delta variant that is currently causing so much harm.
One Location to Rule Them All
It seems that Iceland has become the go-to place for the biggest esports tournaments in these challenging (and quite uncertain) times. Not that anyone’s complaining — at least we’re getting to see the best teams in the world collide for regional pride, glory, and a chance at making history!
It goes without saying, but there’s quite a lot on the line, and no one’s all too sure which region will come out on top once the dust settles. Most folks are leaning towards the LCK, but the ease with which Royal Never Give Up had outclassed their opponents at this year’s MSI left no one indifferent.
Europe and North America, as was so often the case throughout history, will be “on the outside looking in,” but we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that they at least have a shot at usurping the status quo. It might not be a particularly probable scenario, but no one should be counting them out just yet.
MAD Lions are obviously the most favored in that regard, but they are by no means the only ones with the right tools and weapons to challenge the many titans of the LCK and LPL. Whether they’ll succeed, though, is up for debate — and is a discussion for another time and place.