**Edit: With 30 to 27 votes, "What Once Sailed Free" wins this round!**
#####**_~~Something old, something new~~_**
The year is coming to an end, and just like last year, I want to honor the epic stories told in the [Universe of Runeterra](https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/explore/everything/newest/) that were released this year. Credit for the idea goes to the lovely [Bioluminescence](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/story-art/Wns6RG83-2018-lore-tournament-vote-for-your-favorite-stories-of-the-year) of course, but this time, I'm doing it on my own.
Included in the tournament are all _main universe_ stories released this year, as well as **Halfway between the Stars and Earth** and **Demacian Heart** from last December which could not fit into the last tournament. Likewise, if we see new stories towards the end of December, they will probably go into the next tournament. No comics, cinematics or AU stories.
I will use the following format, which will correspond to one battle a day each. I plan for each post to go up around 5 pm CET / 8 am PST; at that time voting for the last post will conclude.
######I'm already late, but let's ignore that. My goal is to get each post out before 6pm.
It's a standard KO-Bracket, so if a story loses, it's out.
| Day | Story 1 | vs | Story 2 |
| --- | --- | --- | --- |
| [Day 1](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/story-art/R1qqQu0p-2019-lore-tournament-day-1-what-once-sailed-free-vs-aftermath) | **What Once Sailed Free** | vs | ~~Aftermath~~ |
| [Day 2](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/story-art/yzQXWqZq-2019-lore-tournament-day-2) | The Winterspike Road | vs | The Final Reign |
| Day 3 | The Recruit | vs | Trouble |
| Day 4 | Demacian Heart | vs | Turmoil |
| Day 5| The Harder Path | vs | Fit to Rule |
| Day 6 | Halfway Between the Stars and Earth | vs | For Those Who Have Fallen |
| Day 7 | The Echoes left Behind | vs | The Whispering Doodad |
| Day 8 | Adaptation | vs | Message on a Blade's Edge |
| Day 9 | In the Fires of Justice | vs | Prayer to a Crumbling Shrine |
| Day 10 | Canticle of the Winged Sisters | vs | Snow Day |
| Day 11 | With the Flowers | vs | Thorns of the Black Rose |
| Day 12 | Homecoming | vs | Roots of a Poisoned Tree |
| Day 13 | Silence for the Damned | vs | ? |
| Day 14 | The biggest Catch | vs | Remember Me |
| Day 15 | Homebound | vs | The Shackles of Belief |
| Day 16 | The Voices of the Dead | vs | ? |
#####**_~~A troubled guardian~~_**
The first battle of the tournament revolves around Xin Zhao, the Viscero.
In our first story, **What Once sailed free**, we learn about how he found new meaning in life after being defeated and ready to die, pledging his life to King Jarvan III of Demacia.
In the second story, **Aftermath**, he reflects on what he could have done to honor this pledge. Was there any way to protect the king from the rebelling mages? In the end, he joins Prince Jarvan IV, apparent heir to the throne.
[What Once Sailed Free](https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/whatoncesailedfree/) _by Michael Luo_
[Aftermath](https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/xinzhao-aftermath-story/) _by Anthony Reynolds_