Attending the League of Legends World Championships is one of my biggest dreams ever since I started watching the competitive scene in the year 2013. This year, with luck and hard work, I was able to witness the epic event and I can’t get enough of it.
The moment I found out that the World Championships 2017 will be held in China, I aggressively looked for discounted airfares and bookmarked all the websites I needed for daily updates (Airlines, LoL Worlds Landing Page, Damai Ticket Selling, Twitter, etc.). Living in the Philippines, it is easier for us to visit surrounding countries, and China is one of that, thus I felt very happy about it. But the road to attending Worlds isn’t as smooth as planned.
Tickets for the World Championship Finals were not available through Riot’s partner in China until the 25th of October, and the moment that they started selling, all of the stocks were out under 1 minute. Knowing that, I started panicking since the flight is already secured, our hotels booked and our Visas approved. I thought that everything will go to waste, but after looking around and asking people from the LoL Community in Twitter, I had a lead on how to get hold of the tickets.
Around a week after that, one Twitter user told me that some of the Chinese people who purchased tickets for the World Finals are now selling their tickets through Weibo since no Chinese team made it to the Finals. I learned about that and downloaded Weibo in an instant. The same Twitter user helped me get tickets are referred me to the Chinese fans who decided not to go and I was lucky to meet Xiao You.
Xiao You was supposed to go to Beijing and watch the World Finals but his team didn’t make it, we started talking to each other via QQ, on how I can get the tickets for the event since I couldn’t use WeChat or Alipay to pay him. In addition to the World Finals tickets, You was also able to source for a supplier for the League of Legends Live: A Concert Experience, however it was sold at much higher price(+200 RMB). Since You is from the other city, I couldn’t meet up with him personally, but his friend, Pei Yiyi was luckily available.
I arrived in China on November 3, and was supposed to meet Yiyi at 6 PM. My phone couldn’t connect to the internet even after buying a Chinese sim, I arrived late at the Station where we should meet up, and was confused on which exit. That time, I was really scared since it’s my first time alone and that I have no way of communicating with others. I was really lucky when I found Yiyi on the other exit of the Subway station, and she provided me with the tickets as promised. All the fear and negative feelings all went away I was able to attend the concert that night as well.
I am really thankful for the LoL Community for trusting a stranger for these kinds of transactions. Special thanks to Sichang Ouyang, Xiao You, and Pei Yiyi – wish I could meet you all in person.
League of Legends Live: A Concert Experience at Worlds
The event was held at the Beijing National Aquatics Center, and when I arrived there, a lot of people were willing to buy the tickets I got offering me with cash, but the event will be starting soon so I just ran and went directly inside the venue.
When I entered the venue, I was ecstatic, tears would almost roll down my face. The pillars were covered by different champions, the stage on top of a pool, and three enormous LED screens were right in front of me. As I proceeded to sit down on the assigned seat, a goodie bag was prepared for everyone. It contained two engraved guitar picks and a Demacia Rising music sheet.
The show started with the Chinese voice actors and actresses of LoL, and was followed by the introduction of Sjokz + some Chinese guy (Sorry I couldn’t remember). Performers include Alan Walker, Mako, Pentakill, The Crystal Method, Yundi, PG One, Nicki Taylor, Lunity, Albert Chang, TJ Brown, Rainbow Chamber Singers, DJ Xu Meng Yuan, and The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra. I especially enjoyed the performance of The Crystal Method and Mako doing a rendition for Arcade Sona and of course, the masters of rock, Pentakill.
After the concert, the two guys beside me asked me for a picture and for my QQ account, however I was not able to memorize it so I asked them to write theirs on a piece of paper. Shout out to Xiao Lou and Yang for being good friends with me and telling me where would be the best places to visit in Beijing! You guys are the best ❤
Check out some of the concert pictures below
League of Legends World Championships 2017 SSG VS SKT T1
The Finals was held at the Beijing National Stadium also known as the Bird’s Nest. One thing I could say is that it was gigantic! There were booths outside the event where you can buy merchandise from Riot and other official partners, as I was early, I looked around and took some pictures. At that time, lines were really long so I decided to buy souvenirs after the event.
On the assigned seat was the League of Legends cheering sticks together with a Golden Poro for everyone to take home. I was also lucky to get a squishy Poro for free from the Weibo booth. Before the games began, I grabbed some hotdog and milk tea for my lunch.
I really enjoyed the opening ceremony, they first showed how the community is connected to one another despite speaking different languages and cultures.
It was then followed by one of Asia’s top musician, Jay Chou, the crowd went wild and everyone in the stadium were hyped! Against the Current came after Jay Chou and performed the League of Legends Worlds 2017 anthem, Legends Never Die. The opening ceremony was really grand plus Riot was able to pull off the Elder Dragon VR and the massive Worlds Cup. The players from both SSG and SKT T1 are then introduced to the crowd.
Check out the video below:
During Game 1, I started to get cold due to the weather so I decided to go out of the stadium to grab a merchandise which can help me feel warmer. I wanted to buy everything, unfortunately, I have limited budget so I went to buy just the jacket which would the most practical at that time. Haha! Anyway, I was not really able to watch most of the game 1. Going into Game 2, I really hoped for SKT T1 to bounce back, they had a really close fight, unfortunately, they fell short. And for Game 3, I felt the pressure around me, my seatmate was also, definitely rooting for SKT T1. Even though we didn’t know each other, we were definitely having the same feelings for whatever was going on. We didn’t cheer when SSG did good plays because we were all looking forward for the reverse sweep from SKT T1, which, unfortunately, never happened. After the game finished, cameras focused on Faker, and that was the most heart-breaking eSports moment for me. At first, I was surely happy, getting a chance to watch LoL finals live, with the greatest player, but at that spare of moment, my heart sunk and I was close to crying for I was hoping that SKT T1 would win a game or two. The closing ceremony was graced by Alan Walker and Against the Current. Alan played one of his most popular song, Faded, and it was surely perfect for the moment. It conveyed feelings of losing yourself.
As I slowly walked out of the venue, I made a few glimpses on how the Bird’s Nest glowed during that night. But like Yin and Yang, it was only able to glow so beautifully with the presence of darkness, just like how SSG outshined SKT T1 this time around.
Overall, my Worlds 2017 experience was a blast! Hope I could attend more of it in the future.
Check out more of the pictures below.
By the way, really sorry for the quality of pictures, will try to upload them with the HD ones which are stored in my other PC. 😦