What is better than winning a World Championship? Securing the bragging rights at Rift Rivals.
The tournament started pitting different regions against each other in 2017. Once again this year, the top teams in the Spring Split will be in charge of defending their region’s honour.
Schedules and formats are yet to be determined, but the teams are already locked in. This will be the first time that many of them will be appearing on the international stage.
EU vs NA
Asian teams get more trophies but these two regions lead when it comes to passionate fans. The rivalry between the two regions is remarkable.
In 2017, the European and North American teams met in Berlin. In the end, North America took the trophy home. Unicorns of Love and Team SoloMid played in a final that ended up 3-0 in TSM’s favour.
However, EU fans won’t let the NA fans forget that the winner team had two European players.
This year North America will host the tournament.
North America: Team Liquid, 100 Thieves and Echo Fox
Europe: Fnatic, G2 Esports and Splyce
KR vs CN vs TW/HK/MO
This one is probably the most anticipated matchup. Korea, China and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao will each take four teams to Rift Rivals.
Last year China proved they were not afraid of anyone, while Korea gave us a rare sighting of their weak side.
This year the tournament will take place in China.
The LPL teams are looking forward to keeping their title as the best region.
Korea: King-Zone DragonX, Afreeca Freecs, KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1
China: Edward Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, Invictus Gaming and Rogue Warriors
Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao: Flash Wolves, G-Rex, Machi E-Sports and MAD Team
VN vs CIS vs TR
Vietnam became an independent region in 2018. As a result, they will have three teams fighting in Rift Rivals.
They were paired up with the Russian region, also known as the Continental League, and Turkey. These regions are known to be unpredictable on the international stage.
Vietnam: EVOS Esports, GIGABYTE Marines and Ultimate
Russia: Gambit Gaming, RoX and Team Just
Turkey: Royal Bandits, SuperMassive eSports and YouthCrew Esports.
SEA vs JP vs OCE
These are the regions with great teams but few followers. Regardless, the competition will be fierce between the 12 squads attending Rift Rivals.
Australia will offer the stage for this competition.
South East Asia: Ascension, Kuala Lumpur Hunters and Mineski
Japan: DetonatioN FocusMe, PENTAGRAM and Unsold Stuff Gaming
Oceania: Chiefs Esports Club, Dire Wolves and Legacy Esports.
BR vs LAN vs LAS
Latin teams are aggressive and can compete on the international stage. This is an emerging region with a lot of potential.
Brazil will host the tournament after they hosted the Mid-Season Invitational in 2017.
Each region will bring two teams to the rift.
Brazil: KaBuM! e-Sports and Vivo Keyd
Latin America North: Infinity eSports CR and Raibow7
Latin America South: Kaos Latin Gamers and Rebirth eSports.