Riot Games Philippines has announced through the League of Legends page the Empyrean Cup. The first official League of Legends open tournament with the aim of rekindling the local League competitive scene since Riot has regained publishing rights to League and Teamfight Tactics in Asia Pacific (APAC) earlier this year.
Taking place from mid-September to early November 2023, a total of 256 teams will kick-off the tournament’s open qualifiers and battle their way to the finals on newly launched local League servers, in a bid to prove themselves as the best League teams in the region.
This is yet another milestone for us to celebrate, in cementing Riot’s commitment to hyper-serving our League community in the Philippines. Following our recent launch of local League servers, we’re thrilled to put these servers to the test by hosting our very next big competitive moment for players, the Empyrean Cup will be one of many League tournaments that our players can expect in the near future, as we plan to reignite the League competitive scene here, to provide more paths for Filipino players to compete on the global stage.
Said Joel Guzman, Country Manager of Riot Games Philippines.
The Empyrean Cup is set to feature a total of 256 teams in a high-stake competition, with two qualifying legs accommodating 128 teams each. The online qualifiers are scheduled for September 16-17, 2023 and October 14-15, 2023. Registration for the first qualifier in September and second qualifier in October started last August 29, 2023 and September 22, 2023 respectively on a first-come, first-served basis on this website.
During these qualifier weekends, the top four teams from each qualifier leg will battle to secure their spots in the Grand Finals, which is scheduled to be held offline at the Esports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) from November 3-5 , 2023. The top four teams will then eke it out for a total prize pool of ₱1million. Notably, this showdown is set to coincide with the Worlds 2023 Qualifiers, adding an extra layer of excitement to the League competitive scene.
Here’s a recap video if you missed it from the page.