Forge of Champions is back! This summer, top League of Legends talents will once again have the chance to test their mettle against the best teams in the country. Remember, champions are not born. They are forged.
After Fnatic Rising successfully claimed another UK League Championship title at Twickenham, it’s time to turn our attention to what’s to follow. And for fans in the UK and Ireland, there’s another terrific League of Legends competition to enjoy after the UKLC Playoffs: Forge of Champions Summer 2019.
Forge ran for the first time last year, when we pitted the biggest local organisations against each other for a chance to prove themselves worthy. In 2019, the same idea has applied, as amateur players have been given the opportunity to battle the best UKLC teams. As with Forge of Champions Spring 2019, a £10,000 prize pool will once again be on the line at the Main Event. And the best squads will have a shot at joining the UKLC in the Promotion Tournament, just like Demise and NVision Esports managed in May!
Read below for more details, such as the criteria for signing up and how the format will play out.
The Forge of Champions Format
There are four ways to qualify for Forge of Champions Summer 2019, with two teams already confirmed.
Insomnia Masters i65 Champion: Bulldog Esports*
NSE Summer League Champion: ChampionClub (University of Exeter)
Belong Arena Clash SU19 Champion: Belong Steelers (Teesside)*
ArenaGG Online Qualifier: Barrage: Retirement Home Edition
*Obnoxious Gaming and London Lionhearts finished first in their respective competitions, but were not eligible for Forge of Champions.
All four teams from qualification will join the nine UKLC teams in the Main Event, which is essentially a giant cup! Finally, the four amateur teams will enter the Promotion Tournament alongside our bottom two UKLC teams, and battle to earn a spot in the UKLC Spring Split.
Why are we changing the qualification format for Forge of Champions?
There are a number of reasons why we’re altering the way teams qualify for Forge. Previously, all four qualifying teams were decided through two online open tournaments held in the same fortnight, which limited the pool of players available to play (for example, the last qualifiers were held during exam season, which potentially hindered student signups). In addition, it is our hope that by partnering with local grassroots competition, we can help unify the fragmented local player base and provide multiple clear routes for teams to make the climb to semi-professional competition. We’re big fans of the tournaments that these organisers are running, and by partnering up with them we hope to incentivize more participation and strengthen the entire League of Legends esports ecosystem in the UK.
We’re also changing our Online Qualifier from a best-of-1 to a best-of-3 format (more details below), to help ensure that teams competing online aren’t punished too harshly for a bad game. And there are further changes in the works for future Forge tournaments that should open up qualification opportunities to even more teams.
These are the dates you need to know for the Arena.GG Online Qualifier, the Forge of Champions Main Event, and the Promotion Tournament.
Arena.GG Online Qualifier: 20th September – 22nd September
Main Event Week 1: 30th September – 1st October
Main Event Week 2: 9th October – 10th October
Main Event Week 3: 22nd October – 23rd October
Promotion Tournament: 29th October – 1st November
Forge of Champions will feature one Online Qualifier, which will each result in the final qualifying team, for a total of four. The online qualifying tournament will be composed of a maximum of 96 teams that will face each other in a do-or-die, best-of-3 knockout bracket. The winning team will proceed to the Main Event. Check below for more information on sign-up eligibility and the official Qualifying Tournament rules.
In the Main Event, every match is a best-of-3. The four amateur teams that qualify will each be randomly drawn an opponent from the teams that finished 6th-9th in the UKLC league table. The four winners of those matchups will move on to face the 2nd-5th UKLC teams in the quarterfinals. The team that makes their way through the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final will move on to the Grand Final—against the #1 UKLC team and reigning Forge champs, Fnatic Rising! The winner of the Grand Final will walk away with the Forge of Champions trophy and the lion’s share of the prize pool.
The Promotion Tournament will start with all four amateur teams playing best-of-1 matches in a randomly-seeded double elimination bracket. There will be no Grand Final—instead, the winners of the Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket Final will each go through to the next stage. It’s simple—win two games and you’re through, lose two and you’re out! The two teams that make it will play against the bottom two UKLC teams to determine qualification to the UKLC Spring Split 2020.
Both the Main Event and the Promotion Tournament (with the exception of games on the 29th of October) will be streamed live at twitch.tv/lvpuklol.
Registering to Play
The Arena.GG Online Qualifier for Forge of Champions Summer 2019 is open to the public. Fit these criteria? Grab your mates and join in the fun!
- Teams must be based in the UK or Ireland: at least 3 starting players in every match must be residents of the UK or Ireland.
- Teams must have between 5 and 10 players.
- Players must be at least 16 years old at the start of the competition.
- Players must have an account on the European West (EUW) server.
- Players must have all the necessary champions to play a custom game in ‘Tournament Draft’ mode.
- Players must not have played more than 50% of games in any European Regional League (except the UKLC) or any other professional League of Legends official tournament roster, even as a substitute.
- Players must register online—more details to follow.
Sign-ups will open soon. For more information on eligibility, the format, and prizes, you can check out the full Forge of Champions rule book online.
Eager to play? Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and website for more updates and announcements on Forge of Champions, as information on how to sign up for the Online Qualifier will be on the way soon! If you want to keep up with the fun, make sure you’re ready by following our channel, twitch.tv/lvpuklol.