Riot Games APAC announces the details to its inaugural season of the Wild Rift Champions SEA (WCS), commencing on February 25th and spanning across six competitive regions in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The new season of this cross-regional league will feature invited teams from last season’s Wild Rift SEA Icon Series, and newly qualified teams competing at the highest levels of play.
The six local competitive leagues in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia & Singapore, and Taiwan & Hong Kong (known as WCS Masters), will play for five weeks in a best-of-three double round-robin regular season. The top six teams will advance to the WCS Playoffs and will play in the two-week, double-elimination playoffs from April 1st – 10th. The winning teams in the playoffs will represent their region in the WCS Finals — the final pan-regional showdown that will determine the best teams in the region. These four teams will then represent us in the Wild Rift Icons Global Championship taking place in Europe this Summer!
Who are the teams and players competing this year?
Some of the most prominent esports organizations in the region have confirmed their participation in the WCS this year. Following the global Wild Rift esports announcement earlier in January, the top teams from Wild Rift SEA Icon Series are returning to compete in the WCS along with the top teams that made the cut in the open qualifiers this year. The full list of participating teams are –
- WCS Indonesia – MBR Gamma, BOOM Esports, Echo Fortius, Persis Esports, The Black Horse, Pasopati Esports, Papa Gaming, Cursed Moon
- WCS Masters – ONE team, Flash Wolves, TQQ Esports, MESPORTS, QWQ, PVP, LFD, FTG
- WCS Malaysia & Singapore – Sem9, Reach the Peak, Upcar Esports, Team Watermelon, TODAK, PathSeeker
- WCS Philippines – Team Secret, FENNEL Adversity, LF Adoption, Rex Regum Qeon, Cerebrum Wildrift, Sunsparks, GrindSky Esports
- WCS Thailand – EVOS Esports, Buriram United Esports, INVATE Esports, Lynxeno, Alchemy, Oxygen, Mercenary New Generation, Arctic Fox
- WCS Vietnam – SBTC Esports, MDH Esports, Toeam Flash, Cerberus Esports, Saigon Phantom, Royal Palace Esport, AS Esports, The Legendary Ganker
The remaining qualified teams for WCS Philippines and WCS Malaysia & Singapore will be announced shortly. Some notable names returning to WCS include – G4 (EVOS), Hamaz (TS), and Kiral (SBTC).
“We are thrilled to announce the teams participating in the WCS 2022 as Riot continues to shine a light on mobile gaming and our investment into mobile esports. These WCS teams have proven their utmost dedication to achieving success in the league, featuring players who are performing at the highest competitive level in the region. Fans can expect some heart-stopping matches this season as teams face old rivals and battle against some new faces,” said Chris Tran, Head of Esports for Riot Games Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
Winners of the League of Legends: Wild Rift SEA Icon Series SEA Championship 2021 and recent semifinalists of the global Wild Rift Horizon Cup last November, owner of SBTC Esports Mr. Cao Le Tuan Tu expressed his excitement for the start of the season, “SBTC Esports has carefully prepared for the upcoming journey with League of Legends: Wild Rift in 2022. As the champions of last season, as well as being the team directly invited to the WCS tournament, we will have to practice and try our best to defend this title. In addition to the main roster, SBTC also looks for and trains the next generation for Wild Rift esports in Vietnam. We are focused on bringing the spirit of Vietnam to the next international tournaments in the coming years.”
Where can I watch?
Matches will start next Friday, February 25th and will be broadcasted in English and Tagalog for WCS Philippines, Bahasa Indonesia for WCS Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia for WCS Malaysia & Singapore, Mandarin for WCS Masters, Vietnamese for WCS Vietnam, and Thai for WCS Thailand. The matches will be live on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube on Riot’s official channels as well as on partner broadcast channels:
WCS Malaysia & Singapore
- Twitch – Wild Rift Esports Malaysia & Singapore
- YouTube – Wild Rift Esports
- Facebook – WCS Malaysia & Singapore
- Twitch – Wild Rift Vietnam
- YouTube – Wild Rift Esports
- Facebook – Liên Minh Huyền Thoại: Tốc Chiến Esports