Riot Games has announced the launch of the League of Legends World Championship 2023 (Worlds 2023). This highly challenging esports competition will take place at the end of 2023. The World Championship, also known as Worlds, is the pinnacle of LoL Esports where the best teams from nine regions compete for the title of World Champion. Eligible teams from professional leagues around the world will participate in the tournament, which will be hosted in South Korea this year. The Worlds qualifying series will feature a Best of 5 format match between Team BDS (4th place in the LEC) and Golden Guardians (4th place in the LCS) on October 9th at LoL Park in Seoul. The winner of the qualifying series, along with 21 other teams, will progress to Worlds, with 8 teams starting in the Play-In round. The World Championship will begin with the Play-In round on October 10th and will conclude with the finals on November 19th. The competition will feature three rounds: the Play-In Round, the Swiss Round, and the Knockout Round. The Play-In round will be held from October 10th to 15th at LoL Park in Seoul, while the Swiss Round will take place on October 19th-23rd and 26th-29th at KBS Arena, Seoul. The Knockout round, which includes the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals, will be held on various dates and venues. The World finals will be held on November 19th at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. The teams competing in Worlds are based on past international and regional performance, with some regions sending all or some of their teams to the Swiss round. The teams participating in Worlds 2023 include JDG Intel Esports Club, Pingan Bilibili Gaming Bank, LNG Esports, Weibo Gaming Faw Audi from China; Gen.G, T1, KT Rolster, Dplus KIA from Korea; G2 Esports, Fnatic, MAD Lions from Europe; NRG, Cloud9, Team Liquid Honda from North America; PSG.Talon, CTBC Flying Oyster from Southeast Asia; GAM Esports, Team Whales from Vietnam; DetonationMe Focus from Japan; Movistar R7 from Latin America; and the winners of the match between Golden Guardians and BDS. The tournament will feature various rounds and formats, including Best of 3 and Best of 5 matches. Riot Games is also expanding online co-streaming for Worlds 2023, allowing over 50 streamers to join the event and provide additional coverage and commentary in various languages. The authorized co-streamers will be selected by Riot’s local teams, and their names will be announced through official LoL Esports channels. Pro teams participating in Worlds are also encouraged to collaborate with content creators for online streaming.
Riot Games announces the launch of the League of Legends World Championship 2023 (Worlds 2023), the most challenging LoL Esports competition at the end of 2023!
What is the World Championship?
The League of Legends World Championship, also known as Worlds, is the pinnacle of LoL Esports competition where the best teams from nine regions compete for the title of World Champion. Eligible teams from professional leagues around the world will compete in the tournament. It takes place after the regular season with a unique host region that rotates each year. South Korea will host the tournament this year.
The Worlds qualifying series will be played in a Best of 5 format between Team BDS (4th place in the LEC) and Golden Guardians (4th in the LCS) on October 9 at LoL Park in Seoul. The WQS winner, along with 21 others Will teams progress to Worlds, with 8 teams starting in the Play-In round Team quotas will be determined by each region’s performance in the Play-In round at past international events
Strive for glory
This year’s World theme is “Climbing to Glory” as rainbows fly and jewels rise. We are only witnesses to this honor. But really there is no honor without climbing. Behind every world championship title is an ongoing determination to hone your skills. Endless hard work and the long, brutal journey that leads the team to their goal
This theme represents a stark contrast. We embrace both sides of the professional journey and enjoy both sides as part of reaching our goals. The tough and relentless climbs And a sign of hope and glory awaits at the World Finals.
When will Worlds be held?
Worlds will start with the Play-In round on October 10th and end with the finals on November 19th.
Play In Round (each round will start at 2:00 pm Thailand time / 16:00 KST unless otherwise stated)
Tuesday, October 10, Wednesday, October 11, Thursday, October 12, Friday, October 13, Saturday, October 14, Sunday, October 15 – 10:00 am Thailand time / 12:00 KST
Swiss Round (all races start at 2:00 pm Thailand time / 16:00 KST unless otherwise stated)
Thursday October 19 – 12:00 Thailand time / 14:00 KST Friday, October 20 – 12:00 Thailand time / 14:00 KST Saturday, October 21 Sunday, October 22 Monday October 23 Thursday October 26 Friday October 27 Saturday October 28 Sunday October 29 – 11:00 am Thailand time / 13:00 KST
Knockout Round (each round starts at 3:00 pm Thailand time / 17:00 KST unless otherwise stated)
Thursday 2 November Friday 3 November Saturday 4 November Sunday 5 November Saturday 11 November Sunday 12 November (Final) Sunday 19 November
What about the format of the competition?
The new Worlds format will feature 22 teams competing in three rounds: the Play-In Round, the Swiss Round, and the Knockout Round (final round). semi-final and runner-up) See details for each round below.
Where are Worlds held?
The Play-In round will be held October 10-15 at LoL Park, Seoul.
The Swiss round will be held on October 19-23 and 26-29 at KBS Arena, Seoul.
The Knockout round will include a quarter final round. semi-finals and finals
The quarter-finals will be held on November 2-5 and the semi-finals on November 11-12, both at the Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, Busan. The World finals will be held on November 19 at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, the largest indoor arena in the country. It is also the home stadium of the Seoul baseball team, the Kiwoom Heroes.
If you are attending in person during the Swiss Round or the Knockout Round, please see our event policies here.
Which teams are competing?
Regional teams are based on past international and regional performance. Consistently performing regions will send some or all of their teams to the Swiss round, while other regions will have fewer teams and/or start in the Play-In round.
This year, the 22 teams competing are as follows:
China – LPL
1st Place Team: JDG Intel Esports Club (JDG)
2nd place team: Pingan Bilibili Gaming Bank (BLG)
3rd place team: LNG Esports (LNG)
4th Place Team: Weibo Gaming Faw Audi (WBG)
Korea – LCK
1st Place Team: Gen.G (GEN)
2nd place team: T1 (T1)
3rd place team: KT Rolster (KT)
4th Place Team: Dplus KIA (DK)
Europe – LEC
1st Place Team: G2 Esports (G2)
2nd place team: Fnatic (FNC)
3rd place team: MAD Lions (MAD)
North America – LCS
1st Place Team: NRG (NRG)
2nd place team: Cloud9 (C9)
3rd Place Team: Team Liquid Honda (TL)
Southeast Asia – PCS
1st Place Team: PSG.Talon (PSG)
2nd place team: CTBC Flying Oyster (CFO)
Vietnam – VCS
1st Place Team: GAM Esports (GAM)
2nd place team: Team Whales (TW)
Brazil – CBLOL
Japan – LJL
DetonationMe Focus (DFM)
Latin America – LLA
SERIES WINNERS SELECTED TO WORLDS
We will decide the winner between Golden Guardians (GG) LCS and BDS (BDS) LEC on October 9th.
Details around Worlds
Play-In Round: 10-15 Oct.
The Play In round starts the tournament with the #1 and 2 seed teams from VCS and PCS, the #1 seed team from LLA, CBLOL and LJL, and the winner of the qualifying series for Worlds between the 4th seed team LCS and LEC The split 8 teams in brackets, double elimination format. Two rounds of Best of Three: The top-seeded team from each bracket faces the second-placed team from the other group in a best-of-five final set. The winner of each of these games progress.
The first 10 games are Bo3, and the last two are Bo5.
Swiss Round: 19-23 Oct., 26-29 Oct.
The two qualifying Play-In teams will be combined with the top 3 teams from the LEC and LCS, as well as the top 4 teams from the LCK and LPL 16. These teams will will be divided into four pools: No. 1, No. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Teams, as well as Play In qualifiers These teams will be divided into an initial set of 8 games best of one based on seeding There will be Pool 1 teams will compete against Pool 4 teams and Pool 2 teams will compete against Pool 3 teams. In addition, no teams will compete against teams from their own region in the first round. After finishing the first round We will be divided into groups again for the second round. To match teams with the same stats to compete against each other. This time there are no more restrictions on group sharing. We will repeat this for the next 3 rounds of tournament play. Teams with the same record compete until they win 3 times to advance to the next round or lose 3 times to be eliminated from the competition.
A total of 8 teams will advance to the Knockout Round Although the first round will be Best of One, all qualifiers and eliminations will be based on a Best of One format. Best of Three Throughout the Swiss Round, side selection is determined by the starting pool, with the higher pool selecting the side. In matches between teams from the same pool, side selection is determined by a coin flip.
Contest round: 2-5 Nov. (Quarter Final), 11-12 Nov. (Semi-final), 19 Nov. (Final)
Eight teams will progress to the Knockout round, which includes the quarter finals. semi-final and final For this round, the tournament will change to a single elimination bracket. With all games competing in a Best of Five format, the draw for the quarter finals will be decided by grouping on stage. After the last day of the Swiss round in this group The team that advances with a 3-0 record will play against the team that advances with a 3-2 record. The remaining teams will play each other.
The team in the highest position will become the 2023 World Champions.
Co-streaming for Worlds 2023
We are so excited to expand online co-streaming for Worlds 2023! We expect over 50 streamers to join us throughout the tournament. representing the regions and languages of our community around the world
The Worlds stream program will be invitation only. and streamers and content Pre-approved creators will give fans the opportunity to follow Worlds on their favorite streamers alongside the main broadcast.
Authorized co-streamers will rotate throughout the event. And because Riot’s local teams are responsible for the selection process, regions will announce the names of selected streamers through official LoL Esports channels.
In addition, all pro teams that qualify for Worlds are encouraged to collaborate with existing content creators. to stream together online throughout the tournament as well For other content creators, the standard Creator Guide remains in effect.
How to watch the competition?
You can follow every race on lolesports.com Or watch one of the official companion streams!
Worlds 2023 products
Celebrate the pinnacle of international League of Legends competition with the Worlds 2023 merchandise collection! A reward for players and fans around the world who see the value of climbing and reaching for glory. Featuring a wide range of figures, apparel and accessories, the Worlds 2023 collection will be available to pre-order online starting October 3.
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