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The event kicks off with NA vs. EU, naturally.

The schedule for the opening round of this year’s League of Legends World Championship is now available.

The event will kick off on Thursday Sept. 29 at approximately 9:30PM ET with a match between two-time European LCS champs G2 Esports and the Spring champs from North America, Counter Logic Gaming, but the best match of the day is the final one. At 1:30am ET, Team SoloMid will take on Royal Never Give Up in a game that could decide the winner of Group D.

If you’re eagerly awaiting the return of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and his defending world champion SK Telecom T1, you will need to wait until day two. SK Telecom T1 will face Cloud9 to open action on Sept. 30.

You can check out the full schedule on the lolesports website.

Matches run Thursday through Sunday on each of the two group stage weeks, with matches starting at 9pm PST each day on Sept 29 through Oct 2 and then swapping to a variable schedule, with the weekend games on Oct. 8 and 9 beginning at 6pm.

The first week features matches from every group spread out on each day of play, while the second week closes out each group with matches from a different group each day.

The schedule may be a bit rough for some viewers, but that’s the challenge of catering to every region across the globe. Matches will end well into the morning on the East coast of the United States, but that’s when they start for European viewers. In Korea and China, games will start in the morning and finish just after noon.

The group stages will reduce the 16 team field by half heading into the playoff round schedule for mid and late October, with the grand finals on Oct. 29. Details on playoff scheduling are to be announced, but there’s plenty of League of Legends action to go before then.

Group Stage: Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 29

Opening Ceremony, 6:00 PM PT
G2 Esports vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 6:30 PM PT
ROX Tigers vs. Albus NoX Luna, 7:30 PM PT
H2k vs. ahq e-Sports Club, 8:30 PM PT
INTZ vs. Edward Gaming, 9:30 PM PT
Samsung Galaxy vs. Splyce, 10:30 PM PT
Team SoloMid vs. Royal Never Give Up, 11:30 PM PT





Friday, Sept. 30

SK Telecom T1 vs. Cloud9, 6:00 PM PT
Flash Wolves vs. I May, 7
:00 PM PT
Team SoloMid vs. Samsung Galaxy, 8:00 PM PT
Royal Never Give Up vs. Splyce, 9:00 PM PT
H2K vs. INTZ, 10:00 PM PT
Edward Gaming vs. ahq e-Sports Club, 11:00 PM PT

Saturday, Oct. 1

Rebroadcast, 9:00 AM PST
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Albus NoX Luna, 6:00 PM PT
ROX Tigers vs. G2 Esports, 7:00 PM PT
Flash Wolves vs. Cloud9, 8:00 PM PT
I May vs. SK Telecom T1, 9:00 PM PT
Splyce vs. TSM, 10:00 PM
Royal Never Give Up vs. Samsung Galaxy, 11:00 PM





Sunday, Oct. 2

Rebroadcast, 9:00 AM PT
ahq e-Sports Club vs. INTZ, 6:00 PM PT
Edward Gaming vs. H2K, 7:00 PM PT
Albus NoX Luna vs. G2 Esports, 8:00 PM PT
Counter Logic Gaming vs. ROX Tigers, 9:00 PM PT
SK Telecom T1 vs. Flash Wolves, 10:00 PM PT
Cloud9 vs. I May, 11:00 PM PT





Group Stage: Week 2

Thursday, Oct. 6

G2 Esports vs. ROX Tigers, 6:00 PM PT
Albus NoX Luna vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 7:00 PM PT
Counter Logic Gaming vs. G2 Esports, 8:00 PM PT
Albux NoX Luna vs. ROX Tigers, 9:00 PM PT
G2 Esports vs. Albus NoX Luna, 10:00 PM PT
ROX Tigers vs. Counter Logic Gaming, 11:00 PM PT




Friday, Oct. 7

Rebroadcast, 9:00 AM PT
Edward Gaming vs. INTZ, 6:00 PM PT
ahq e-Sports Club vs. H2K, 7:00 PM PT
H2K vs. Edward Gaming, 8:00 PM PT
INTZ vs. ahq e-Sports Club, 9:00 PM PT
INTZ vs. H2K, 10:00 PM PT
ahq e-Sports Club vs. Edward Gaming, 11:00 PM





Saturday, Oct. 8

Rebroadcast, 9:00 AM PT
Samsung Galaxy vs. Team SoloMid, 3:00 PM PT
Splyce vs. Royal Never Give Up, 4:00 PM PT
Team SoloMid vs. Splyce, 5:00 PM PT
Samsung Galaxy vs. Royal Never Give Up, 6:00 PM PT
Splyce vs. Samsung Galaxy, 7:00 PM PT
Royal Never Give Up  vs. Team SoloMid, 8:00 PM PT





Sunday, Oct. 9

Rebroadcast, 6:00 AM PT
I May vs. Flash Wolves, 3:00 PM PT
Cloud9 vs. SK Telecom T1, 4:00 PM PT
Cloud9 vs. Flash Wolves, 5:00 PM PT
SK Telecom T1 vs. I May, 6:00 PM PT
I May vs. Cloud9, 7:00 PM PT
Flash Wolves vs. SK Telecom T1, 8:00 PM PT





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