According to Riot Games announced at the 2023 Kickoff Season, MSI and Worlds 2023 will be able to have a new competitive format that has never been seen in the history of League of Legends.
As Riot Games has previously announced, this “music company” will reveal the latest information about League of Legends’ 2023 Esports during the 2023 Kickoff Season event.
So recently, details about the two biggest League of Legends tournaments this year – MSI and Worlds 2023 have been specifically announced. This year, MSI will be held in London as previously “leaked” information, while Worlds will be held in Korea.
Here are the details on the new MSI and Worlds format.
First, MSI will be expanded from 11 to 13 participating teams, it will now have two win-lose brackets at both stages of the tournament: Play-In Stage and Bracket Stage (rough translation) : Final round).
At Play-In Stage There will be 8 teams: 2nd seed from LEC, LCS and LPL regions, 1st seed from LLA, CBLOL, PCS, VCS and LJL. For 2023, the 2nd seeded team from the LCK will go straight to the Bracket Stage as the winners of Worlds 2022.
8 teams will be divided into 2 groups with BO3 format, two winning and losing branches. A total of 3 tickets advance to the next round.
The winning team in each winning bracket will go directly to the next round, the winning team in the two losing branches will meet and compete for the final ticket.
At Bracket Stage: 8 teams will compete against each other in a two-way win-lose format, BO5. That includes the 3 winners of the Play-In Stage and the (seeded) teams LEC1, LCS1, LPL1, LCK1 and LCK2.
In addition to MSI, Worlds 2023 was also announced by Riot Games about the new competition format. In which, the 22 strongest teams in the world will go through 3 rounds, respectively, which are Play-In, Swiss and Knockout.
Riot Games introduced a new qualifier: WQS – Worlds Qualifying Series (roughly translated: World Qualifier). WQS will include a BO5 match between the two 4th seeded teams of the LEC and the LCS. The winning team will have a ticket to Worlds. In the future, Riot Games hopes to expand WQS with other regions and teams.
In particular, the winning team of WQS will join 21 other teams to attend the 2023 World Championship in Korea. 8 of which will start from the Play-In Stage. Teams are allocated to Rounds (Play-In and Swiss) based on previous performance in international tournaments.
8 teams at Play-In Stage:
The 2 strongest teams of VCS and PCS. 1 strongest team of LLA, CBLOL, LJL and winner of WQS.
14 teams go straight to the Swiss Stage:
4 strongest teams of LPL and LCK. 3 strongest teams of LEC and LCS.
Play-In Round is 2 groups of 4 teams competing in a two-way win-lose format, 2 winners will go directly to the Swiss round.
Each group will play a BO3 with two wins and losses, the team in “winner” A will play a BO5 with the team in “losing arm” B and win tickets to the Swiss round.
In swiss ringthe two winners of the Play-In round will join the 14 teams that have already entered the Swiss round.
The Swiss Round will consist of 5 Rounds, the format of this round is that teams with the same win-loss results compete with each other until they have 3 wins or 3 losses. This round will begin with each team being paired with a team from another region. Each of these matches is a BO1. From Round 2, the teams will be rematched against the teams with the same result as themselves. Example: The team that wins 1-0 will meet another team that wins 1-0. This rematch will continue for a total of 5 Rounds. Teams will advance to the Knockout round when they reach 3 wins or be eliminated from the tournament if they lose 3 times. All key matches that determine a team’s elimination or advance to the next round will be BO3, normal rematches will be BO1.
Round Knockout where the 8 teams that passed the Swiss Round will be drawn into the brackets based on their position in the Swiss Round. The format of the competition is still the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals.
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