The League of Legends: Wild Rift Horizon Cup 2021 is almost upon us.
The tournament will serve as the game's international esports debut, featuring 10 of the best teams from around the world.
They will be competing live at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 21 November for the lion's share of the US$500,000 prize pool.
Read on for everything you need to know about the Horizon Cup:
The 10 participating teams in the Horizon Cup will be coming from Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), North America, Latin America, and Brazil.
SBTC Esports from Vietnam and Team Secret from the Philippines will represent Southeast Asia, Da Kun Gaming and ThunderTalk Gaming will represent China, Rolster Y will represent South Korea, Sengoku Gaming will represent Japan, Team Queso from Spain will represent EMEA, Tribe Gaming NA will represent North America, eBro Gaming from Argentina will represent Latin America, while TSM will represent Brazil.
The Horizon Cup will begin with a Group Stage from 13 to 17 November followed by the main Knockout Stage from 19 to 21 November.
The Group Stage will see the 10 teams split into two groups of five teams each, with the teams playing in a single round robin of best-of-three matches. The top three teams from group will advance to the single-elimination Knockout Stage while the bottom two will be eliminated early.
The top team of each group will automatically advance to the semi-finals of the Knockout Stage while each group's second and third-placed teams will start in the first round of the main event. All matches in the Knockout Stage will be a best-of-five except for the Grand Finals, which will be a full best-of-seven series.
Here are the groupings for the Horizon Cup Group Stage:
Da Kun Gaming (China)
Tribe Gaming (North America)
SBTC Esports (Southeast Asia)
Rolster Y (South Korea)
Thunder Talk Gaming (China)
Team Queso (EMEA)
Sengoku Gaming (Japan)
eBRO Gaming (Latin America)
Team Secret (Southeast Asia)
Is the Horizon Cup the equivalent of Worlds for Wild Rift?
No, the Horizon Cup is not Wild Rift's version of the League of Legends World Championship. Instead, it is only the concluding event of the game's preseason as well as its international esports debut.
Wild Rift is still likely to have its own version of Worlds, though it will be for its first official competitive circuit which is expected to begin next year.
How to watch
You can catch the Horizon Cup on the official Wild Rift esports Twitch channel. The broadcast begins on 6PM SGT on all days of the tournament except for the finals day, which will kick off on 8PM SGT.
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