By Leah 'Spinn180' Jackson - Tue 09/30 at lolesports.com
The road to Worlds ends here. After clawing their way through the relentless Group Stage of the League of Legends 2014 World Championship, these remaining teams have tasted international glory and are ready for more.
Let's take a look at the eight best League of Legends teams in the world.
Group A: Samsung White (KR), Edward Gaming (CN)
Group B: Star Horn Royal Club (CN), Team SoloMid (NA)
Group C: Samsung Blue (KR), OMG (CN)
Group D: NaJin White Shield (KR), Cloud9 (NA)
WHAT IS THE KNOCKOUT STAGE?
The third phase of the 2014 Worlds tournament is referred to as the Knockout Stage and it is divided into three parts. The Knockout Stage begins with the Quarterfinals in Busan, Korea, on October 3 at 5pm KST (be sure to adjust for your local time zone!). Afterwards, the tournament will continue with the Semifinals in Seoul, Korea, on October 11. The Knockout Stage will conclude with the Finals in Seoul, Korea, on October 19.
Throughout the Knockout Stage, teams will play games in a Best of 5 format. The winner of each series will move on, while the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE KNOCKOUT STAGE?
The bracket seeding for the Knockout Stage is determined by a team's final Group Stage record. The top two teams from each Group will be seeded into a bracket. The team that secures the number one seed will play the number two seed from the opposite group that competed in the same Group Stage phase. The winner of each match will move on to the Semifinals.
The Semifinals will feature two Best of 5 matches between the Quarterfinals winners. The winners of the Semifinals will then go on to compete against one another in the Finals.
Finals is a face off between the year’s top two League of Legends teams in the world. It will consist of one Best of 5 match between the winners of the Semifinals. The victorious team will become the League of Legends 2014 World Champion and take home the coveted Summoner’s Cup.
WHATS ON THE LINE?
Teams will earn prize money based on the position they finish in the Knockout Stage. The breakdown is as follows:
World Champion - $1,000,000 USD
2nd Place - $250,000 USD
3rd Place - $150,000 USD
4th Place - $150,000 USD
5th Place - $75,000 USD
6th Place - $75,000 USD
7th Place - $75,000 USD
8th Place - $75,000 USD
HOW DO I WATCH?
Check out our schedule page for more information on when you can watch the games.
If you want to see the matches live, tickets for the Knockout Stage are available now.
You can also watch every match from the Knockout Stage right here on watch.lolesports.com. If you miss any of the matches, we are also rebroadcasting the entire show. We even have a spoiler-free VODs page where you can catch every game from Worlds 2014.