The highly anticipated 2023 edition of the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) is just a few months away. As the pinnacle of League of Legends esports, this showpiece event gathers the best teams from around the world to compete for the prestigious title of world champion and the coveted Summoner’s Cup.
Worlds 2023 is set to make a grand comeback to South Korea, a nation well-known for its passionate esports community. South Korea previously hosted the latter stages of the 2014 edition and the entire 2018 event, adding to its reputation as a favored location for such prestigious tournaments. After the 2022 Worlds took place in both Mexico and the United States, the 2023 competition will once again be confined to a single host nation.
Riot Games, the creators of League of Legends, has already released several details about the upcoming World Championship. Here’s everything you need to know about the event:
Dates, Schedule, and Venues: To accommodate the LoL Esports pro players competing in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Worlds 2023 will take place a bit later than usual. The tournament is scheduled from October 10 to November 19 and will be hosted across four different venues in South Korea:
- Play-Ins: October 10-15 (LoL Park, Seoul)
- Group Stage: October 19-29 (KBS Arena, Seoul)
- Quarter-finals: November 2-5 (Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, Busan)
- Semi-finals: November 11-12 (Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, Busan)
- Finals: November 19 (Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul)
Participating Teams and Format: Worlds 2023 will feature 22 teams from all corners of the globe. The tournament will kick off with the Play-In Stage, where lower-ranked teams will compete for two spots in the Swiss Stage. They will join the 14 seeded teams representing major regions like LCK, LPL, LCS, and LEC.
- Play-In Stage: Eight teams will be divided into two double-elimination groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to Play-In Round 2.
- Play-In Round 2: The upper bracket winners from each group will face the lower bracket winners from the other group. The winners will move on to the Swiss Stage.
Swiss Stage: The Swiss Stage will feature 16 teams in a five-round format. In the first stage, teams will be randomly paired with opponents from different regions. Subsequent matches will be based on teams’ win-loss records.
- Teams that win three matches will move on to the playoffs.
- Teams that lose three matches will be eliminated.
Playoffs: In the playoffs, eight teams will compete in a single-elimination bracket. All matches will be Best of 5 (BO5).
Ticket Information: Tickets for Worlds 2023 will be released in three different waves. The tickets for the Play-In stage are already available, and here are the dates for the remaining waves:
- Swiss Stage tickets (July 19) – Link
- Knockout Stage tickets (August 4) – Link
Teams and Rosters: Before the start of Worlds 2023, a qualifying match called the Worlds Qualifying Series (WQS) will be held, featuring the fourth seed from the LCS and the LEC. The winner of this match will earn the final spot in the Play-In Stage. JD Gaming (JDG) has already secured their place as the first team to qualify for Worlds 2023, with other competing teams to be revealed soon.
As the world gears up for the 2023 League of Legends World Championship, anticipation is at an all-time high. Fans are eagerly waiting to witness thrilling matches and jaw-dropping plays as teams from different regions come together to compete for glory and the title of world champion.
Don’t miss out on this epic esports event – mark your calendars for Worlds 2023!
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