The most anticipated LoL event of the year is Worlds. So where will Worlds 2023 be held? At what time? And how?
Unlike the 2022 season with 24 teams competing, the 2023 World Championship will feature the 22 strongest teams and 3 new rounds: Play-in, Swiss and KnockOut. In addition, this year’s tournament will have a new round of Worlds Qualifying Series. In this round, the seed 4 LEC and seed 4 LCS will clash in a BO5 match to find the name to come to Worlds. Over the next year, Riot Games hopes to have more regions eligible for the Worlds Qualifiers in the future.
The 8 seeded teams that will kick off at Playins include:
– Two Champions and Runner-up in the VCS and PCS . regions
– Champion teams in the LLA, CBLOL, LJL and WQS regions.
The teams at Playin will be divided into 2 brackets, each branch will have 4 teams and will be divided into pairs to compete in the BO3 format with the winners and losers. The team in the winning bracket will meet the team in the other draw in a BO5 format. The last two winning teams will move on to the Swiss round.
The fact that Riot Games changed the Worlds format and added the Swiss round directly deprived the VCS region of the right to go directly to the group stage. This is said to be the consequence after many years of not being able to improve their performance in the international arena, the new competition format at this Worlds will be a “wake-up blow” for teams in the VCS region.
The Swiss round consists of 16 teams from 4 regions LCK, LPL, LCS, LEC and 2 teams from Playin. This Swiss Stage will have 5 rounds with a completely new format. Teams that started Worlds at the Swiss round:
– Top 4 teams in two regions LCK and LPL
– Top 3 teams in two regions LCS and LEC
At the beginning of the round, each team will be randomly paired with a team from another region and will play in a BO1 format. Round 2 to round 5, teams with the same difference will have to face each other. For example, teams with the same 1-0 difference will play against each other. Matches that determine progress to KnockOut or elimination will be played in a BO3 format. Teams that win all 3 wins will advance to the KnockOut round or will be eliminated if all 3 losses are met.
Riot Games keeping the BO5 format in the Knock-out round will help motivate teams with even stronger determination to prove who is the best of the best – no second chances, no there is space, only one match to beat all, to be able to win.
Play-Ins: 10-15 tháng 10 (LoL Park, Seoul)
Group Stage: October 19-29 (KBS Arena, Seoul)
Quarterfinals: November 2-5 (Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, Busan)
Semifinals: 11-12 November (Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, Busan)
Finals : November 19 (Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul)