The League of Legends World Championship will begin in Shanghai on Sept. 25 with 22 groups as an alternative of the 24 groups initially set for the competitors. The certified groups from Vietnam have withdrawn from the competitors, citing a re-entry barrier again into Vietnam attributable to COVID-19 precautions, based on Vietnamese information website Gamek. The report got here down as groups have been competing to qualify for Worlds 2020 in the course of the summer season Vietnamese Championship.
Vietnam has had 1,040 confirmed instances of COVID-19, with 32 deaths (from Jan. 24 – Aug. 31), based on information collected by the World Well being Group. The Vietnamese authorities has completed this by implementing social distancing and quarantine measures, and heavy restrictions on journey into the nation. At the moment, its borders are closed to outdoors guests, with just a few exceptions.
Tom Martell, director of operation for Riot Esports, at the moment clarified the League’s stance on the matter by issuing an announcement that outlines format modifications to the world championship.
“Earlier this month we shared with you our plans for Worlds, however attributable to nationwide journey restrictions associated to COVID-19, our two qualifying groups from Vietnam will, sadly, be unable to journey to Shanghai to compete this season,” the assertion learn. “Because of these modifications, we may have 22 moderately than 24 groups difficult for the championship title this 12 months. We’re extremely disillusioned on behalf of those groups who labored so onerous all 12 months for the prospect to compete on the worldwide stage. Whereas it definitely is not going to change the expertise for them, we will probably be awarding them their full share of the prize pool as if they’d participated within the occasion.”
Vital modifications embrace one group receiving computerized development to the Group Stage that was initially anticipated to compete within the Play-In, and group play switching from a double round-robin to a single round-robin. These modifications have been made “to make sure that every group will get an equal variety of purple and blue facet video games, and this format really permits extra groups than common to expertise the joys of enjoying an elimination best-of-five sequence at Worlds.”
The Esports Observer has reached out to Staff Flash, one of many groups from Vietnam that determined to not attend Worlds 2020.