The new format of Worlds 2023: Swiss is applied for the first time in professional League of Legends. In addition, tickets to attend the VCS World Championship have been “devalued”.
This year, Worlds 2023 will have major changes in the competition format. The tournament will include 22 teams, divided into 3 stages: Play-in Round, Swiss Tournament and Direct Elimination Round (Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Finals). Detailed information about each phase is available below.
Kick-off round (October 10 – October 15)
The Play-In Round will open the tournament with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds from VCS and PCS, No. 1 seeds from LLA, CBLOL, LJL as well as the winner of the World Championship Selection Round between the 4th seeded teams of LCS and LCS. LEC. These 8 teams have been divided into 2 groups of winners and losers according to BO3 format. The top team of each group will meet the second place team of the other group in a series of decisive BO5 matches. The winner of each pair of matches will advance to the Swiss Tournament.
World Championship 2023 warm-up round format
The first 10 matches are BO3 and the last 2 matches of this round are BO5.
Swiss Formula: October 19 – October 23; October 26 – October 29
The 2 teams that pass the Play-In Round will join the 3rd seeded teams from the LEC and LCS as well as the 4th seeded teams from the LCK and LPL. These 16 teams will be divided into 4 lottery groups: Seed 1, Seed 2, Seed 3, and Seed 4 + Winner of the Play-In Round. Teams will be drawn into eight initial pairs of BO1 matches according to their seeding order – Pot 1 teams play Pot 4 teams and Pot 2 teams play Pot 3 teams. In addition, teams from from the same region will not meet in the first match. After the first match, there will be another draw for the second match to pair teams with the same score against each other. There will be no limiting conditions in this draw.
Swiss Stage Worlds 2023 round format
This drawing process will be repeated for 3 more rounds to place teams with the same score against each other until the team with 3 wins can move on, or the team with 3 losses will have to leave the match. exam.
In total, 8 teams will advance to the Knockout Round. Although the initial matches are all BO1, all matches deciding whether to continue or be eliminated will be BO3. In the Swiss Open, the choice of side will be decided by the initial draw – the higher seeded group will get to choose the side.
In matches between teams from the same draw group, the choice of side will be decided by the toss of a coin.
Knockout Round: November 2 – November 5 (Quarterfinals); November 11 – November 12 (Semi-finals); November 19 (Final)
8 teams advance to the Knockout Round, including the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals. In this round, the tournament will switch to a knockout format and all matches will take place in a BO5 format. The Quarter Final matches will be decided by draw on stage immediately after the final day of the Swiss Tournament. In this draw, teams with a score of 3-0 will be matched with teams with a score of 3-2 from the previous round. The remaining teams will be matched against each other.
The final winning team will become the 2023 World Champion.
The Quarterfinals will take place on November 2 – November 5 and the Semifinals will take place on November 11 – November 12, both at Sajik Indoor Sports Center in Busan City, Korea. The Grand Final will take place on November 19 at Gocheok Sky Dome Stadium, Seoul City, the largest indoor arena in Korea and the home field of the Korean baseball team: Kiwoom Heroes.