After the success of the Wild Rift Horizon Cup and as more Western teams invest in the game, Wild Rift Esports is ready to begin in earnest. If Riot knows how to do something, it's music and global events. Following the footsteps of its big brother in League of Legends, Wild Rift aims to have an annual event featuring the best of the best.

Leo “NoHarris” Faria, Global Head of Wild Rift Esports, revealed Icons. The Wild Rift Icons Global Championship will welcome 24 teams from 8 regions. Teams from North America, Latin America, Brazil, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Mainland China, South Korea, Japan, South East Asia, and Oceania will compete to become the best.

Aside from participating regions, Faria also unveiled their competitive format. Regional competitions will run from January to May, culminating into Wild Rift Icons. He described this as the “highest level of competitive play,” and will happen in Europe on Summer. All Regional Champions and teams who qualified in play-ins will go on to compete in Icons.



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After qualifying for Icons, the 24 teams will have to go through a Group stage and a Knockout stage. Once the Knockout stage concludes, the remaining two teams face off in the Finals. Faria said he and his team will reveal more details about Icons later this year. Despite this, it's safe to say that the format for Icons will be at least similar to the League of Legends World Championship. This might not be a bad thing though, as Worlds 2021 enjoyed more than 4 million peak viewership excluding China.