With the 16 teams decided for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, it's time to dive into the Group Draw Show. If it’s your first time watching Worlds, or you’re new to League, here’s everything you need to know about the Group Draw.
What is it?
The Group Draw is the process that determines who will play who in the first part of Worlds 2016 called the Group Stage. The 16 teams are sorted into four groups with four teams to each group for the Group Stage. Teams are battling to be one of the top two spots in their group in order to advance to the Knockout Stage. To find out which group your favorite team is playing in, watch the Group Draw Show live on September 10 at 11:00 AM PT.
How does it work?
The 16 teams are allocated to three Group Draw Pools based on the MSI 2016 results and their seasonal performance. The draw process is the same as it was in 2015, but with LMS #1 being promoted to Pool 1 and EU #1 being demoted to Pool 2 due to MSI standings, some of the invalid draw possibilities have changed.
Groups are then randomly drawn based on the teams in each pool; see the Group Pool Structure graphic below for reference:
As a reminder, each group may only have one team from any given region. The Group Draw Show begins with each of the Pool 1 seeds being randomly assigned to their own Group, A, B, C, or D. Then, the Pool 2 seeds will be randomly drawn into Groups, followed by the Pool 3 seeds. For more technical information on how the Group Draw works, reference our 2015 Group Draw Manual and we’ll be releasing the 2016 version of the manual on September 8.
During the Group Draw Show, the on-air team will explain the teams, breakdown the process as it happens live, and share Worlds predictions based on the Group Draw results.
Why does it matter?
In the Group Stage, the 16 teams are divided into four groups, with four teams to a group. Each team will play the other teams in their group twice, a full double-round-robin schedule.
The top two teams from each group advance to the second stage of the tournament called the Knockout Stage.
How do I watch?
Head over to Lolesports to watch the Group Draw Show live on September 10 at 11:00 AM PT.