Worlds 2023 will kick off in a little over a month, and there’s a lot for fans to look forward to at this year’s Worlds.
The regional tournaments have ended one by one and we have also determined the majority of teams that will participate in Worlds 2023. LPL is the region that ends the season the earliest with 4 representative teams, respectively JDG, BLG, LNG and WBG. LCK Summer 2023 also just completed the season last week with GEN, T1, KT and DK being the final representatives to qualify for the regional qualifiers.
Other regions like LEC we have G2 and MAD Lions, LCS we have NRG, C9 and TL. With regions considered weaker PSG Talon and CFO continue to be the two representatives of PCS while DFM once again dominates LJL. The latest teams to appear at Worlds 2023 include the “father and son” couple – R7 and GAM when both had tickets to Korea. So the most notable teams have been revealed, what do we have to look forward to at the upcoming 2023 World Championship? Let’s continue with part 2 of the series?
Quadruple hit from JDG?
Considered as a squad born to win, JDG 2023 really has a terrible roster of players when it comes to superstars in every position. After stopping in the semifinals of Worlds 2022, JDG brought back two blockbuster contracts named Knight and Ruler after the departure of Yagao and Hope. Along with two excellent players in the 2022 season, 369 and Kanavi, JDG is expected to at least participate in the finals of the LPL when assessing the correlation of forces.
And the best individuals of LPL positions did not disappoint fans. JDG played consistently in the group stage and given enough time together, JDG was simply unstoppable. They won 3 consecutive tournaments in 2023 including LPL Spring, MSI and most recently LPL Summer after a 3-2 victory over LNG.
There is only one tournament left and also the most important in 2023 called the World Finals. Can JDG complete the Grand Slam with his quadruple title in the 2023 season? The answer will be at Worlds 2023. upcoming.
Deft’s Last Dance journey is not over yet
Right around this time last year, history officially began in the regional qualifiers when DRX won the last ticket to represent the LCK region to attend Worlds 2022. Starting the journey from the warm-up round, DRX has defeat all opponents including RNG and MAD and quickly enter the group stage.
With the excitement from the Regional Qualifiers, DRX with Zeka’s dazzling performances really made international fans rate DRX much higher. But along with that comes anxiety when DRX will definitely fall into Group C, a group with the presence of GAM Esports. DRX continued to stay in high form throughout the group stage despite two defeats, but they retained the top spot in Group C after winning against Rogue in a tie-break match.
The lucky draw gave Deft the opportunity to meet the reigning World champion 2021 and his teammate Scout at EDG. The two gave the audience a heated match and DRX won the decisive victory with a score of 3-2. After that, Deft and his teammates completed the fairy tale, the unprecedented miracle run in history when they won against Gen.G and T1 two opponents DRX had never won a single game in 2022 with scores of 3-1 and 3-2 to win the championship in a completely worthy way.
The world no longer owes Deft the World Championship when our “old man” has won every noble title that a League of Legends player can own. However, DRX members also quickly disbanded afterwards when they could not find a common voice. Beryl stays at DRX, Pyosik moves to LCS, Kingen and Zeka go to HLE and Deft will replace Deokdam at DK.
After not very successful seasons, Deft and DK continue to compete for the decisive ticket to Worlds 2023 in the regional qualifiers. Fortunately, ShowMaker has regained his form with Deft’s VLKV aura, DK in turn surpassed DRX and HLE to reach Worlds 2023 with seed position 4. If we take a quick look, we can see this year’s journey DK’s is quite similar to last year’s DRX. The male protagonist of the anime “Deft” and the power of friendship are still there, will this be the Last Dance again for Deft and his teammates?
New format, carry jungle meta, win lane win game strategy?
In addition to the teams and players, we have other things worth waiting for in terms of the new format of Worlds or both the game and the meta.
The format of Worlds has changed as all teams in regions that are considered weaker will have to start from the warm-up round while the 14 best teams from 4 major regions will start from the Swiss round. The Swiss format will certainly create surprises when teams with the same score will have to face each other. If you are someone who regularly follows the Majors of the game CS:GO, you will know how many surprises there are and the opportunities for teams from the West are absolutely there.
Along with that, many gameplay styles are also expected by fans to return such as the carry jungle meta with predator champions when the group of champions that are tanky and initiate fights have been nerfed over the past period of time. Or even the win lane win game strategy that the team uses most prominently is T1 when team fighting no longer determines the success or failure of a game as much as before.
There is really a lot to wait for at Worlds 2023, let’s wait until the beginning of October to immerse ourselves in the biggest League of Legends tournament on the planet again.