Teams attending the 2019 League of Legends World Championship will be allowed to field up to seven players, InvenGlobal reports. This means two subs instead of just one, like previous years. Riot Games will confirm or deny the reports at the group stage draw ceremony on September 23, the company told Inven.
The change itself makes a lot of sense, given the size of the rosters of many of the teams in the major regions. Teams like Royal Never Give Up, Invictus Gaming, and SK Telecom T1, to name a few, field line-ups of eight to 10 players, and the expanded limit of roster size would come in handy for them. Even teams that rarely deviate from their core roster, like tournament favorites G2 Esports, will be able to bring the likes of Simon “Thebaus” Hofverberg and Hampus “promisq” Abrahamsson and have them get some critical experience on the big stage.
Worlds 2019 itself will begin October 2 with the Play-in stage of the tournament. The top 4 teams from there will then move to the group stage, where the 12 best teams in the world will be waiting.