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Worlds 2023: League of Legends World Cup promises great clashes

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With LOUD as the Brazilian representative in the entry phase for the second year in a row, Worlds 2023 starts on October 10th. Check out everything about the event

A Riot Games, in day October 10, will begin the 13ª edition of the most famous MOBA world in the entire world, League of Legends. The event, known as Worlds Among the gaming community, it is considered the most important competition of the year for players. Worlds 2023 will bring together the best teams in a dispute to win the title of best team in the world and the long-awaited Summoners' Cup.

Worlds 2023 cinematic trailer / Source: CBLOL via YouTube

How was Worlds 2022

Loud team reunited after defeat at the League of Legends World Cup in 2022 / image: riot games
LOUD team reunited after defeat at the League of Legends World Cup in 2022 / Image: Riot Games

The last edition of Worlds took place in 2022 at América do Norte, in two different countries, Mexico e United States, Ea LOUD, last year's Brazilian representative, only played in the Entry Phase, in Mexico City. Despite not having achieved the long-awaited Group Stage, where no team has ever reached, the team had its campaign, considered by many, as the best Brazilian campaign in history, accumulating three victories. The team even won a few games in the play-in phase, but ended up falling in their first Best of Five series against the Japanese team Detonation FocusMe (DFM).

O Chase Center Arena em San Francisco was the stage chosen to celebrate the grand final. It was there where the XRD, a South Korean organization, became the great champion of the tournament, winning, at the time, the very traditional T1 of three-time world champion Faker, one of the greatest players of all time, in an electrifying series with a score of 3-2. With the victory, the team took home around U.S. $ one thousand 489,5 in awards, in addition to marking his name in the history of Worlds.

drx players celebrating victory after match against t1 / image: riot games
DRX players celebrating victory after match against T1 / Image: Riot Games

Where will the LoL World Cup be held in 2023?

Gocheok sky dome was the stage chosen for the grand final of worlds 2023 / image: riot games
Gocheok Sky Dome was the stage chosen for the grand final of Worlds 2023 / Image: Riot Games

Worlds, this time, returns to South Korea, being the third time that the competition is hosted in the country. Alone, capital of South Korea, will receive the Entry Phase, which will occur 10 a October 15 No. LoL Park, just like the Swiss Stage, which will occur 19 a October 23 na KBS Arena.

As Quarterfinals, which will take place on the day 2 per day 5 November, and the Semifinais, which will happen on the day 11 ao day 12 November, will be played in the Sajik Indoor GymnasiumOn Busan, port city in South Korea. Grand final of the event was scheduled for the day 19 November, back in the South Korean capital, Alone, directly on the Gocheok Sky Dome.

Worlds 2023 format

Worlds 2023 is back this year with a new format, with focus on Best of 3 series (MD3) and best of 5 (MD5), leaving aside the Best of 1 (MD1) games. This year's World Cup will feature 22 teams from various parts of the world who will compete in three phases: the Entry Phase, Swiss Stage and Knockout Stage.

Entry Phase (October 10th to 15th)

The entry phase will feature eight teams and will give two places for the Swiss phase / image: riot games
The Entry Phase will feature eight teams and will give two places for the Swiss Phase / Image: Riot Games

A Entry Phase will feature the first and second placed VCS (Vietnam) and PCS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia), as well as the first placed in ALL (Latin America), CBLOL (Brazil) and LJL (Japan). Along with them, we will also have the champion of the qualifier among the fourth place in the LCS (North America) and LEC (Europe).

Those eight teams will be drawn in two groups, where the phase will be double elimination. This means that a team will need to lose two best-of-three series to be eliminated from the competition. The team defeated in the so-called 'upper bracket' will have a second chance in the 'lower bracket', which gives the opportunity to continue advancing in the championship even after an initial defeat.

Input/image stage format explanation: riot games
Explanation of the format of the Entry Phase / Image: Riot Games

The two best-placed teams in each group will face the second-best-placed team in the opposite group in a best-of-five series, where their place in the Swiss Stage will be at stake.

Worlds 2023: League of Legends World Cup promises great clashes. With loud as the Brazilian representative in the entry phase for the second year in a row, worlds 2023 starts on October 10th. Check out everything about the event
The teams will face each other in a best-of-five series, where only two will advance to the next stage / Image: Riot Games

Swiss Phase (October 19th to 29th)

The Swiss phase will feature 16 teams and only eight will advance to the knockout stage / image: riot games
The Swiss Phase will feature 16 teams and only eight will advance to the Knockout Phase / Image: Riot Games

In this Swiss format, the two teams that came from the Entry Phase will join the other three best teams in the LEC (Europe) and LCS (North America), in addition to the four best teams in LCK (South Korea) and LPL (China). In total, they will be 16 teams competing in the tournament.

Initially, these 16 teams will be distributed into eight best-of-one matches (MD1) based on your ranking or draw. After the first round of games, a new draw will be held based on each team's wins and losses. This means that teams with similar results will be paired with each other.

This draw stage will be repeated three more times, always ensuring that teams with similar performances will face each other. This continues until teams reach a total of three defeats and are eliminated of the competition or until accumulate three victories to advance to Knockout Stage.

Illustration of the new Swiss format / image: riot games
Illustration of the new Swiss format / Image: Riot Games

In the end, a total of eight teams will advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, where the competition becomes more intense and decisive.

Elimination Phase (November 02nd to 19th)

The knockout stage will feature the eight best teams / image: riot games
The Elimination Phase will feature the eight best teams in the tournament / Image: Riot Games

Na Knockout Stage, the eight best teams who advanced from the Swiss Stage will compete in series best of five single elimination. This means that each match is crucial, as the team that loses will be out of the competition.

Illustration of the knockout stage / image: riot games
Illustration of the Elimination Stage / Image: Riot Games

Also watch the video that explains the Worlds 2023 format:

Explanation of the Worlds 2023 format / Source: CBLOL via YouTube

Ranked teams

Image with the logo of all the teams classified for the 2023 World Cup / image: riot games
Image with the logo of all the teams classified for the 2023 World Cup / Image: Riot Games

In addition to the Brazilian team from LOUD, representative of the CBLOL (Brazil), the championship will feature other 21 teams, including representatives of LPL (China), LCK (South Korea), LEC (Europe), LCS (North America), PCS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia), VCS (Vietnam), LJL (Japan) and ALL (Latin America). Highlights of the competition include the Dplus KIA, who hired the shooter Deft, current world champion, and T1 de Faker, the only three-time Worlds champion team, which has been a constant presence in several international competitions.

Below you will find a list of all the teams from the participating regions and the respective phases in which the tournament will begin:

Logo of each of the regions participating in the World Cup - illustrative image / image: riot games
Logo of each of the regions participating in the World Cup – Illustrative image / Image: Riot Games

LCK (South Korea)

  • Gen.G (Swiss phase)
  • T1 (Swiss phase)
  • KT Rolster (Swiss stage)
  • Dplus (Swiss phase)

LCS (North America)

  • Cloud9 (Swiss Stage)
  • NRG (Swiss Phase)
  • Team Liquid (Swiss Stage)

LPL (China)

  • JD Gaming (Swiss stage)
  • Bilibili Gaming (Swiss stage)
  • LNG Esports (Swiss Stage)
  • Weibo Gaming (Swiss Stage)

LEC (Europe)

  • MAD Lions (Swiss Stage)
  • G2 Esports (Swiss Stage)
  • Fnatic (Swiss stage)
  • Team BDS (Entry Phase)

CBLOL (Brazil)

  • LOUD (Input Phase)

VCS (Vietnam)

  • GAM Esports (Entry Phase)
  • Team Whales (Entry stage)

PCS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Southeast Asia)

  • PSG Talon (Entry phase)
  • CTBC Flying Oyster (Entry phase)

LJL (Japan)

  • DetonatioN FocusMe (Entry phase)

LLA (Latin America)

  • Rainbow7 (Entry Phase)

Learn more about the Brazilian representative at Worlds 2023

Cblol grand final held at the geraldão gym, in Recife / reproduction: internet
CBLOL grand final held at Ginásio Geraldão, in Recife / Reproduction: Internet

A LOUD is seventh Brazilian team to compete in the LoL World Cup. They made their CBLOL debut in 2021 and quickly conquered the national scene, being the first team, in LoL's 12-year history, to conquer three consecutive CBLOL titles. To reach this World Cup, they needed to overcome Pain Gaming's tradition in a best-of-five series, winning by 3 × 1 No. Geraldão GymOn Recife. In addition to the place at Worlds, the team received a prize of R $ 115 thousand.

Although this is LOUD's second consecutive participation in the LoL World Cup, the team already has three consecutive appearances in international competitions. At the beginning of this year, by winning the first split of CBLOL 2023, they guaranteed their classification for the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), a mid-season tournament that brings together the best teams from each region in a more compact format compared to the World Cup.

Brazilian team from loud during the mid season invitation / image: riot games
Loud's Brazilian team during the Mid Season Invitation / Image: Riot Games

From last year to this year, LOUD made few changes to its squad, having made only one change in the Shooter position, with the departure of Diego “white“Amaral and the arrival of South Korean Moon”Route” Geom-su. Additionally, there were some changes to the coaching staff, with the addition of Pedro “Shaquinn” Salazar as technical assistant.

LOUD has the mission of representing Brazil and surpassing the excellent campaign it had in the last Entry Phase, seeking again the feat that no other Brazilian team has achieved: advancing to the Group stage of the World Cup, named this year as Swiss Stage. LOUD will make its debut on Group A of the Entry Phase, facing the Vietnamese team from Esports GAMES on Tuesday, the day October 10, start date of the championship. The group of Brazilians will also include the Taiwanese team from PSG talon and our Latin American neighbors in Movistar R7.

LoL 2023 World Cup theme song

GODS ft. NewJeans is the theme song for Worlds 2023 / Source: League of Legends via YouTube

The hallmark of all LoL Worlds are the Worlds songs, created exclusively for the event, and they always become memorable for those who watch the tournament. To date, there have been twelve world championships and, since 2014, it has become a tradition in the competition to present a theme song made by great artists. Each song receives an animated video produced by Riot, full of references to professional players and game elements. Additionally, each of the songs is performed live in the tournament's grand final, creating memorable ceremonies.

This year, it was no different. In the early hours of last Wednesday, the day October 4, Riot Games released the Worlds 2023 theme song. Titled “GOD“, the song is a collaboration with female K-pop group New Jeans, made up of five members: Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin e Hyei.

Newjeans, k-pop group composed of minji, hanni, danielle, haerin and hyei / image: spotify
NewJeans, K-Pop group composed of Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin and Hyei / Image: Spotify

The music video features animation full of action and references to the LoL scenario, even featuring the appearance of Brazilian player Andrey 'Come on', sniper from the FURY. However, the main story focuses on the trajectory of Deft, the South Korean sniper from Dplus KIA, from the time he started playing the game in high school until the 2022 World Cup, when he became world champion by defeating T1 de Faker, one of the best teams in the world.

Deft, player highlighted in new music video, during celebration at the last World Cup / image: riot games
Deft, player highlighted in new video clip, during celebration at the last World Cup / Image: Riot Games

World Cup prize pool

Understand how the World Cup Pool works / Source: CBLOL via YouTube

O World Cup Pool is back and this is your chance to show that you understand everything about the game. This year you will have multiple options to choose from like predicting which teams will advance to the knockout stage, identify which team will select the widest variety of champions and even choose the favorite to win the tournament. And the choices aren't just limited to teams; you will also need to rely on luck when trying to guess what type of dragon will be killed the most? and test your knowledge of the game's current meta by choosing which champion will be the most played.

To participate and compete for various exclusive emotes, capsules, skins and much more, just log in with your account on the official website of World Cup Pool.

Get exclusive items during the tournament

Worlds 2023: League of Legends World Cup promises great clashes. With loud as the Brazilian representative in the entry phase for the second year in a row, worlds 2023 starts on October 10th. Check out everything about the event
Worlds 2023: League of Legends World Cup promises great clashes

In addition to the prizes that can be acquired by participating in the World Cup Pool, spectators who follow the tournament live on the Riot Games website will also have the chance to win drops. To participate, simply log in to the website. LoL Sports using your Riot ID. This will give you the opportunity to receive a drop when it becomes available. Most drops are random and can occur at any time during a match, giving you the chance to get lucky at any time while the tournament is ongoing. Be careful, as whenever a Penta Kill, a Quadra Kill or a series of 5 matches, you will have a chance to receive a drop.

Awards

The World Cup themed skin will be for champion Renekton, and sales of this skin will contribute to the tournament's final prize pool / image: riot games
The Worlds themed skin will be for Champion Renekton, and sales of this skin will contribute to the tournament's final prize pool / Image: Riot Games

Riot Games has not yet released the prize money for Worlds 2023, as this amount may vary depending on the revenue generated from the sale of a specific set of skins during the event. Every year, a Worlds themed skin is released, and the champion chosen this time was the renekton. The launch of this skin is scheduled for the patch 13.20, which arrives on the day October 11.

Last year, the team XRD, who was the tournament champion, received around U.S. $ one thousand 489,5 in awards. Furthermore, each player on the winning team also has the right to choose a champion who will receive an exclusive skin with the team’s theme.

Line of skins created for the drx team, champion of the 2022 edition / image: riot games
Line of skins created for the DRX team, champion of the 2022 edition / Image: Riot Games

where and when to watch

Worlds 2023 promotional image - illustrative image / image: riot games
Worlds 2023 promotional image – Illustrative image / Image: Riot Games

A Entry Phase, which will feature games from the Brazilian team of LOUD, will occur on the day October 10 until the day October 15 No. LoL Park, located em Alone, capital of South Korea. Swiss Stage will also be held in Alone, however in KBS Arena, and it will happen on the day 19 on October 23rd.

Already Knockout Stage will start with quarterfinals, scheduled to occur on the day 2nd to 5th November. The semifinals will take place November 11th to 12th and will be played in Sajik Indoor GymnasiumOn Busan. The grand final will take place on the day 19 November, returning to the South Korean capital, Alone, directly on the Gocheok Sky Dome.

If you live or will travel to some of the venues that will host the event, tickets can still be purchased on the Interpark.

You will also be able to watch the home games on the official channels of the CBLOL na Twitch or Youtube, with narration in Portuguese. This year, Riot is excited to have more than 50 co-streamers, representing the community's regions and languages ​​around the world. If you are familiar with the Brazilian League of Legends scene, some personalities from the industry will broadcast the championship. Some of the most popular co-streams in Brazil include Baiano, Revolt e Yoda.

Check below the calendar with broadcast times of every day of the World Cup:

Entry Phase

Tuesday, October 10th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Wednesday, October 11th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Thursday, October 12th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Friday, October 13th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Saturday, October 14th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Sunday, October 15th – 00:00 hours (Brasília time)

Swiss Stage

Thursday, October 19th – 2 am (Brasília time)

Friday, October 20th – 2 am (Brasília time)

Saturday, October 21th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Sunday, October 22nd – 4 am (Brasília time)

Monday, October 23rd – 4 am (Brasília time)

Thursday, October 26th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Friday, October 27th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Saturday, October 28th – 4 am (Brasília time)

Sunday, October 29th – 1 hour (Brasília time)

playoff

Thursday, November 2nd – 5 am (Brasília time)

Friday, November 3rd – 5 am (Brasília time)

Saturday, November 4th – 5 am (Brasília time)

Sunday, November 5th – 5 am (Brasília time)

Saturday, November 11th – 5 am (Brasília time)

Sunday, November 12th – 5 am (Brasília time)

Grand final

Sunday, November 19th – 5 am (Brasília time)

And then, you will follow the Worlds this year? Don't forget to tell us what your expectations are for Brazil this year and which team you think will be champion of the League of Legends World Cup.

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Also check out other related content on Showmetech. LoL: Discover all the songs ever created for Worlds.

Source: Riot Games

Text proofread by: Pedro Bomfim (9 / 10 / 23)

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