(Thethaovanhoa.vn) – Riot has announced the new format of Worlds 2023 and the VCS audience has responded positively.
In the afternoon of January 10 (Vietnam time), Riot announced new information about two MSI tournaments and Worlds 2023. Specifically, MSI 2023 will be held in London (UK) while Worlds 2023 will be held in London. takes place in Korea. Thus, since the last time held in Incheon (in 2018), until 2023, the biggest international tournament in League of Legends returned to the land of kimchi.
Worlds 2023 will be held in Korea – source: Twitter
In particular, in the new season, there will be a lot of changes for these two international tournaments. The biggest difference is in the format of the game. Specifically, MSI 2023 will have a winning branch – a losing branch. This is a change that has been expected by the League of Legends community for a long time, especially when seeing many strong teams but sadly parting ways early just because there is no more chance to do it again.
Worlds 2023 will have many changes compared to previous seasons – source: LoL Esports
But the most notable is the 2023 World Championship when this year’s tournament will have a lot of noticeable changes and directly affect the VCS region. Specifically, before Worlds 2023 begins, two seed 4 teams of LCS and LEC will compete against each other in a Bo5 match called Worlds Qualifying Series, the winning team will go to Worlds and help that region have 4 places.
No longer called the Group Stage, Riot decided to change the name of the round to Swiss. The Swiss round will include the LCK (4 teams), the LPL (4 teams) along with the LEC and LCS with 3 teams each. The Kick-Off Round will still be called Play-in with new changes. The most notable is the fact that both VCS teams will have to start Worlds 2023 in the Warm-Up Round. This Play-in round will include the winner of the Worlds Qualifying Series, 2 teams from PCS, 2 teams from VCS along with teams from LLA, CBLOL, LJL (1 team per region).
Both VCS teams will have to participate from the Play-in round – source: Twitter
In the Play-in round, the teams will divide the group and compete in the Bo3 format and the matches here will also take place in the winning and losing bracket format. However, it is ominous that only 2 teams from the Play-in round will advance to the Swiss round.
The Swiss round will consist of 5 rounds to select the 8 teams that reach the final knockout round. Teams with 3 wins will definitely qualify for the knockout round. Teams that unfortunately stumble in rounds 1 or 2 may have a chance to do it again in rounds 4 and 5. This will pose a lot of risk but will give the teams more opportunities to turn the situation around.
The Swiss round is expected to be extremely stressful when only 8 teams are selected to enter the knockout round – source: Twitter
Before the new format, many Vietnamese viewers think that it will still be easy for Vietnam. Because, the VCS teams have proven to be much stronger than the Wildcard teams. Therefore, the possibility of VCS teams passing the Play-in round is still very high. Not to mention, VCS is always capable of generating mutations. If at least one VCS team makes it to the Swiss round of 16, it will still be considered a success.
Having to play from Play-in is an opportunity but also a challenge for VCS teams – source: Fanpage GAM Esports
In addition, the fact that both VCS slots participate in the Play-in round will help VCS avoid falling into groups full of big men like GAM Esports at the last 2022 Worlds. VCS teams will also have the opportunity to sharpen their forces before entering important rounds if they have the opportunity to continue. This is a very welcome innovation on the part of Riot in an effort to bring balance to its tournament.