The 2022 LoL World Championship occurred right after the LCS finals, and these two casters may have been happy to see EG's fortunate draw.
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2022 League of Legends World Championship: Group Draw Results

The 2022 League of Legends World Championship’s participants have secured their tickets, and the time has come for Riot Games to draw them into groups. Then, from Sep. 28 to Nov. 5, teams will fight for the LoL Worlds trophy, and one will succeed EDward Gaming as the World Champion—unless EDG wins back-to-back.

This is how the 2022 LoL Worlds Group stage draw unfolded

Riot Games drew the groups after the conclusion of the 2022 LCS Championship on Sep. 12 @ 1:00 CET / Sep 11 @ 4 pm PST on the LCS broadcast, and it went as follows:

Main event group stage

Group A

  • Cloud9 (LCS)
  • T1 (LCK)
  • EDward Gaming (LPL)
  • Fnatic (Play-ins)

Group B

  • JD Gaming (LPL)
  • G2 Esports (LEC)
  • Evil Geniuses (Play-ins)

Group C

  • Rogue (LEC)
  • TOP Esports (LPL)
  • GAM Esports (VCS)
  • DRX (Play-ins)

Group D

  • Gen.G (LCK)
  • CTBC Flying Oyster (PCS)
  • 100 Thieves (LCS)
  • Royal Never Give Up (Play-ins)

News coverage of the 2022 Worlds group stage is available here.

We will add the schedule at a later date, after the group draw, and once Riot Games reveals it on the LoL Esports page.

Play-in groups

Group A

  • Fnatic (LEC)
  • Beyond Gaming (PCS)
  • DetonatioN FocusMe (LJL)
  • Evil Geniuses (LCS)
  • LOUD (CBLoL)
  • Chiefs Esports Club (LCO)

Group B

  • DRX (LCK)
  • Royal Never Give Up (LPL)
  • Saigon Buffalo (VCS)
  • MAD Lions (LEC)
  • Istanbul Wildcats (TCL)
  • Isurus Gaming (LLA)

News coverage of the 2022 Worlds l stage is available here.

For more details on how each team made it here, please refer to the list of teams by chronological qualifying order.

Regional team seeding and its impact on the drawing process

According to Riot Games’ group draw procedures, teams are divided into four pools—both in the main event and in the play-in stage. In previous years, teams from the same region would be drawn into different groups.

However, Worlds 2022 is different: in the absence of the CIS region, Europe received four seeds at Worlds, two of which will go to the play-ins.

If both European teams in the play-ins qualify for the main event’s group stage, no groups would be “legal” by previous norms; so, Riot Games has decided that EU’s fourth seed would not count for that rule in the 2022 LoL World Championship’s group stage.

Main event

Teams in the main event are considered to be the “true” World Championship group stage participants. Four groups are drawn with the following rules:

  • Except for one specific scenario, groups cannot have more than one team from a specific region
  • Groups feature one team from each “Pool.”

The pools are as follows:

Pool 1

  • LCK #1 seed: Gen.G
  • LPL #1 seed: JD Gaming
  • LEC #1 seed: Rogue
  • LCS #1 seed: Cloud9

Pool 2

  • LCK #2 seed: T1
  • LPL #2 seed: TOP Esports
  • LEC #2 seed: G2 Esports
  • PCS #1 seed: CTBC Flying Oyster

Pool 3

  • LCK #3 seed: DWG KIA
  • LPL #3 seed: EDward Gaming
  • LCS #2 seed: 100 Thieves
  • VCS #1 seed: GAM Esports

Pool 4

  • Play-in Group A winner: Fnatic
  • Play-in Group B winner: DRX
  • Play-in decider winner: Evil Geniuses
  • Play-in decider winner: Royal Never Give Up

Play-in stage

The 2022 LoL World championship’s play-in stage has two groups of six teams. This time, two teams from each pool are drawn into either group.

Pool A

  • LCK #4 seed: DRX
  • LPL #4 seed: Royal Never Give Up
  • LEC #3 seed: Fnatic
  • PCS #2 seed: Beyond Gaming

Pool B

  • LEC #4 seed: MAD Lions
  • LCS #3 seed: Evil Geniuses
  • VCS #2 seed: Saigon Buffalo
  • LJL: DetonatioN FocusMe

Pool C

  • LLA: Isurus Gaming
  • LCO: Chiefs
  • TCL: Istanbul Wildcats

The top team of each group advances directly to the main event’s group stage. The second, third and fourth teams of each group are involved into a bo5 bracket stage, after which two more teams advance to the group stage.

Adel primarily covers League of Legends, with a particular emphasis on League of Legends esports competitions. He has over 10 year of experience covering the LEC and other LoL competitive events across Europe.