Riot has announced the details for the Chinese Kickoff event shortly after revealing the dates and formats of the other three regional leagues. The event will run from February 22 to March 2 at the newly-built VCT CN venue as two teams look to snatch away spots at Masters: Madrid.
Like all other regional leagues, three stages of play will thin out the competition. The group stage will see three teams advance straight to playoffs, while three more will qualify for the play-ins stage. One team will emerge victorious and join the other three at playoffs, where – like the group and play-ins stages – a Bo3 format will run all the way up to the grand final, which will be a Bo5.
The winner of the event will not only claim China's first seed at 2024's first Masters event, but will also be rewarded with three Championship points to assist their journey towards Champions.
In the information video put out by Riot, China's Kickoff will utilize points from the China Evolution Series to seed teams into three groups accordingly. The core of Rare Atom Rare Atom China Rank #22 , now in JD Gaming JD Gaming China Rank #6 , will inherit their previous organization's points.
To no surprise, EDward Gaming sit atop the regional standings. (Image: Riot Games)
The finalized groups can be seen below:
- Trace Esports Trace Esports China Rank #2
- TYLOO TYLOO China Rank #14
- FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix China Rank #3
- Nova Esports Nova Esports China Rank #19
- JD Gaming JD Gaming China Rank #6
- Titan Esports Club Titan Esports Club China Rank #8
- Dragon Ranger Gaming Dragon Ranger Gaming China Rank #4
- All Gamers All Gamers China Rank #13
- EDward Gaming EDward Gaming China Rank #1
- Bilibili Gaming Bilibili Gaming China Rank #5
- Wolves Esports Wolves Esports China Unranked
The group stage of Kickoff will take place from February 22 to 26, with the play-ins continuing on February 27. After a short break, the competition will continue on March 1 as the playoffs begin, and the top-performing team of the Chinese League will be crowned the day after, March 2.
Riot have yet to release a schedule for the upcoming matches.
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