How to run a LoL tournament: the step by step guide

League of Legends is most played and celebrated MOBA game on the planet, with millions of fans challenging each other through thousands of LoL tournaments. But you may be wondering how to run a LoL tournament with your friends or other purposes?

If you’re a LoL tournament organizer, welcome on! We’re thrilled to have you onboard the most powerful eSport platform in the industry and we’ll help you make great LoL tournaments. Now, if you’re running your first competition on Toornament, here are some useful steps to follow:

1. Create and provide all the information

Your first step is to create your LoL tournament by defining its name, logo and organizer identity. Here you can also define the number of participants and if it will be individual player or team composed of multiple players.

Participants are always in need of information: what’s the schedule, is it played on internet or offline, are there special rules, some prize to win, how to contact you etc. You can file additional fields from the “General Settings” section to provide all necessary information your participant may need.

Then, enable the Tournament Code functionality in “Settings > Discipline” Section and fill in the necessary information. The functionality will help you tremendously by putting your participants in the right lobbies and automatically retrieve scores from their games and results for their matches.

2. Choose your LoL tournament structure format

Toornament offers the widest choice of tournament structure format. Whether you want a basic single elimination bracket, a round robin stage, Swiss system, custom bracket or a league, you have up to 8 different structure formats usable for a LoL tournament. You can also add multiple structure formats together, such as a round-robin stage followed by a single elimination bracket.

Once your structure format select, you can access advanced options to configure it, including your match format.

3. Open and validate registrations

Now that you’ve created your tournament, open its registrations so that participants can apply and validate them. The “Registration” section will allow you to customize its dates and all the automated messages that will be sent to your players during their registration process.


You can also setup additional fields to your registration form and request team and player more information. From the “Custom Fields” section, you will be able to choose from a wide choice of fields to request usefull information about the team or player ranging from date of birth, country, Summoner name, social network account etc.

Once registration opened, teams will have acces to its form on your tournament public page.

Your new team registrations appear in the “Registrations” section where you can manage them.

4. Place your participants

Toornament can place automatically your LoL participants, following different methods: participant number or random. Participant number is great if you want to dispatch the top seeds (participants with the highest trophy count or level).

Ultimately, you can manually place every participant of your tournament:  learn more on how placement works

5. Launch LoL match and report results

Now that your tournament is ready you can launch its first matches. 

With the Tournament Code functionality enabled, participants can then find game code on their match pages. Once the code copied, participants can launch the LoL client and select “Play”. 

Then participants must click on the Tournament button (with a little trophy on it) in the top-right corner, and paste the code in the field.

You’re set! The post-match results will automatically show in Toornament!

As admin of the tournament, you can also enter the match results manually from the organizer interface.

6. Master the basics first, experiment then

You now know everything on how to run a LoL tournament. Later on, we’ll invite you to check and learn more about all Toornament advanced features from our Help Center… In the meantime, happy tournament!