Worlds and MSI 2023 officially announced by Riot Games the venue, the completely changed format makes fans look forward to.
Just a few hours ago, Riot Games officially announced extremely important information about 2 international League of Legends tournaments in 2023, MSI and Worlds. The first is definitely the venue that has been confirmed according to previous rumors. Specifically, MSI will be held in London, United Kingdom, this is the first time an international esports tournament has been held here, and Worlds 2023 will take place in Korea after the not-so-successful 2018 Worlds.
More notably, Riot Games also announced other important information that has been long-awaited by fans, which is the format of these two tournaments. Both tournaments are going to have a makeover in the coming year and it’s super exciting for any esports fan.
With MSI 2023, we will have more teams when Riot Games decides to increase the number of slots for 4 large regions to 2 and a total of 13 participating teams. The tournament will also be divided into two main phases: Warm-up and Group Stage. In particular, the Warm-up Round will include 5 teams from small regions including LLA, CBLOL, LJL, VCS, PCS and 3 seed 2 teams of LEC, LCS and LPL while 2 LCK representatives will directly contribute. present in the group stage with the previous championship of Worlds 2022.
In the warm-up round, 8 teams will be divided into two groups to compete in each group of 4 teams to compete and choose the best 3 teams. The format applied will be Double-Elimination 4 teams like Valorant. In which, the two winning teams in the winning bracket of the two groups will have a ticket to the next round, the two teams that win the losing arm of the two groups will face each other to compete for the final ticket to the main event. .
In the Group Stage, there will be 8 teams with 4 seed 1 teams of the major region, LCK, LEC, LCS and LPL, seed 2 of LCK and 3 winners from the warm-up round. Here. The teams will compete in a pure Double – Elimination format, i.e. the winning branch of the losing branch until the champion of the tournament is found. Surely if anyone has followed some other games like CS: GO or LCS tournaments, this format is extremely basic.
This format was decided by Riot Games after seeing that MSI was relatively boring with the familiar group stage format and it will also create an opportunity for the top teams of the regions to evaluate their strength with the top 2 of the group stage. large areas. Our VCS region completely has the opportunity to defeat the seed 2 LEC, LCS to get a ticket to go on to the top 8 strongest teams MSI 2023.
With Worlds 2023, the biggest esports tournament on the planet will also have a format change after so many years we have been watching a tournament with a basic format. Specifically, Worlds will still include 3 stages but will completely change from before including Play-ins, Swiss and Knockouts respectively with Warm-Up, Swiss-style and Knockout respectively.
Regarding the number of participating teams, we will have 22 teams at this year’s Worlds including 8 LCK and LPL teams, 7 teams from LEC and LCS, 4 teams from VCS and PCS, 3 teams recruiting from LJL, CBLOL and LLA.
With the stage of the Warm-up Round, there will be 8 participating teams including 7 teams from small regions including VCS (2), PCS (2), LLA (1), CBLOL (1), LJL (1) and a team selected from the LEC and LCS regions after a Bo5 match called The WQS – World Qualifying Series. 8 teams will be divided into 2 groups, competing in the format of the winning branch of the losing branch to choose 2 winners of the winning branch and 2 teams of the losing branch. After that, the winner of Group A’s winning bracket will cross-match with the loser of Group B, the winner of Group B will play with the loser of Group A to find the two best teams in the next 8 warm-up rounds.
The Swiss round will feature 16 teams including 14 seeds from 4 major regions and 2 teams from the warm-up round. The Swiss format will be relatively new to League of Legends followers, but familiar to anyone who has watched the Majors of the CS:GO game, and it is exactly the same. Specifically, the teams will be paired with each other in the form of a draw, or usually it will be ranked, the strongest versus the weakest. Teams will start with Bo1 matches and play against teams with the same stats until 3 wins or 3 defeats, ie 1-0 will play 1-0 (1 win), 1-1 will 1 to 1 match (1 win 1 lose).
When you have won or lost 2 matches, the format will become Bo3 because it will be an important match to help the teams advance or be eliminated. Teams will face each other until they find 8 teams with 3 wins to advance to the Knockouts including 2 teams with a 3-0 difference, 3 teams with a 3-1 difference and 3 teams with a difference of 3. signal number 3-2.
Finally, there is the knockout round, the format is similar to the previous seasons when the 8 strongest teams of Worlds 2023 will draw and compete in Bo5. There are no losers and the team that wins 3 matches will be the champion team of Worlds 2023.
With the above changes, surely MSI and Worlds 2023 will be extremely attractive. Although at a glance, our VCS region will no longer be guaranteed a spot in the Main Event Round of the tournament, but perhaps this is the time when we need to prove that we are strong enough to crush the remaining regions. Detailed analysis of the format and assessment of opportunities for VCS representatives will be sent to us in the near future.