KUALA LUMPUR - Five shuttlers including the men's world number one Lee Chong Wei will be seeking record fourth BWF World Superseries Finals crowns in the season-ending event beginning on Wednesday.
The Malaysian ace is on home soil and hot favourite to reclaim the title he last won in 2010.
The Danish men's team of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen and China's dominant women's pairing of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang will also be gunning for their fourth doubles crowns in the event.
Lee, who won the World Superseries Finals three times in a row from 2008-2010, also will be looking to add to a record 34 crowns in all Superseries events.
He appears to have a clear path as nemesis Lin Dan will not play in the tournament at the Cheras Badminton Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Lin, the reigning world champion, and his compatriot Chen Long - the current titleholder - both failed to qualify for the $500,000 championship.
The finals bring together the top eight performers in each category based on points earned from the 12 Superseries tournaments.
The premier event will see video line-call review being trialled in a bid to stamp out faulty decisions which have caused rows in the past.
Despite a heartbreaking loss to Lin in the Worlds in August when Lee had to concede in the final due to cramps, the Malaysian has been a force this year, winning six of the 12 Superseries titles so far.