Worlds 2022 Play-in: Teams, Groups, Schedule & More

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Worlds 2022 Play-in&nbsp;is the opening stage of Worlds 2022 where 12 teams compete in two groups.</p></div>
Worlds 2022 Play-in&nbsp;is the opening stage of Worlds 2022 where 12 teams compete in two groups.


The Play-in is the opening stage of Worlds 2022 where 12 teams compete in two groups.
Only the top two teams from each group make it out alive to the main event.

Right after the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) 2022 Summer Championship conclusion at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, Riot Games hosted the Draw Show for Worlds 2022, one of the most exciting tournaments. Worlds 2022 is just right around the corner and regions across the globe have finished their respective summer splits and have determined their representatives for the World Championship. Worlds 2022 Play-in is the first stage of the tournament and winners from here will make it to the group stage. A total of 12 teams are competing in the Worlds 2022 Play-in and were drawn into two groups of six.

Here’s everything you need to know about Worlds 2022 Play-in as the tournament officially kicks off on 29th September.

A guide to Worlds 2022 Play-in

Worlds 2022 Play-in is the first stage of Worlds 2022 and marks the conclusion of the 2022 League of Legends competitive season across all regions. A total of twelve teams will participate in this opening stage and teams will be drawn into two groups based on seeding. The play-in has two rounds – the group stage and the knockout stage.


Group Stage (Round 1)

  • A total of 12 teams will participate

  • Matches are single round-robin

  • The top team from each group directly advances to the Main Event

  • The teams placed second to fourth in the two groups will advance to Round 2 of the Play-in.

Knockout Stage (Round 2)

  • Third place teams from the group stage face the 4th place team from the same group

  • The winners of these matches face the second place team from the opposite group

  • The winners of these final matches advance to the Main Event of Worlds 2022

  • All matches in the knockout stage are best-of-five (BO5)


After the Draw Show on 12th September, the following are the two groups in the Worlds 2022 Play-in stage:

Group A

Group B

Each region usually sends one team into the Worlds Play-in stage but this time around Europe has the liberty to send two: Fnatic and MAD Lions since the League of Legends Continental League (LCL) is not in contention due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The LEC (League of Legends European Championship) squads were placed into different groups since they cannot be placed in the same group due to the regional restriction rules. Additionally, Riot Games made an exception to its rule this year. It wrote in a release, “In the scenario where both the LEC 3rd and 4th seeded teams advance to the Group Stage, the 4th seeded team will not be subject to our rule preventing a Group from having more than one team from the same region in it. In the scenario where either LEC team is eliminated from the competition during the Play-In Stage, the rule will remain in place.

Worlds 2022 Play-in: Schedule

Worlds 2022 Play-in begins on 29th September and will conclude on 4th October. The times mentioned in the article reflect PST and are subject to change in accordance with the broadcast.

Day 1 - 29th September

Day 2 - 30th September

Day 3 - 1st October

Day 4 - 2nd October

Day 5 - 3rd October: Elimination Round (BO5)

Day 6 - 4th October: Qualification Round (BO5)

Where to watch?

Fans can catch all the League of Legends action on the international stage via Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.