Regional League of Legends teams have begun arriving in Shanghai, where the 2020 World Championship is taking place. Latin America League (LLA) team Rainbow7 was the first team to arrive, where they traveled from Mexico to their final destination. Each team entering China will quarantine for 14 days before the beginning of Worlds on September 25.
— Rainbow7 (@Rainbow7lol) September 5, 2020
Rainbow7 was instructed to begin practicing at a self-isolation training facility designated by the government. Luckily, all Rainbow7 players tested negative for COVID-19. Upon their arrival, top-laner Emmanuel “Acce” Juarez shared a photo of a welcome gift basket provided by Riot Games. The note reads, “Thank you for making the journey over here to be a part of the League of Legends Worlds Championship! Here is a small token of appreciation to make your stay more comfortable.” The basket contained multiple snacks including Kind bars and Kit Kats.
Se llegó a China! pic.twitter.com/Uu7sq4Nh6j
— Emmanuel Juarez (@Acce1111) September 8, 2020
Other LoL teams traveling for Worlds
Some other teams on their way have also shared their pre-flight photos, including NA’s Team Liquid and FlyQuest. TSM opted for emojis.
— Team Liquid LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) September 9, 2020
— SeaQuest (@FlyQuest) September 9, 2020
✈️ ➝ 🇨🇳
— TSM (@TSM) September 9, 2020
— Rogue (@Rogue) September 9, 2020
Riot has scheduled Damwon Gaming to depart from South Korea to Shanghai on Friday. Unfortunately, their top-laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon has to undergo surgery for pneumothorax, delaying his flight until September 18. He will still be required to quarantine for 14 days, greatly affecting the team’s practice time. Following Damwon Gaming will be LCK second and third seed DRX and Gen.G. They will be leaving on the same day as Nuguri.
At this point, there haven’t been any major changes to this year’s setup of the World Championship since Riot released their last update. Riot requires all teams to undergo special instructions and self-isolation guidelines to ensure the safety of all players and personnel.