Details about League of Legends esports in 2023 revealed

The 2023 season of one of the most popular esports in the world, League of Legends, has officially started.... Eduardo | 10. January 2023

The 2023 season of one of the most popular esports in the world, League of Legends, has officially started. A few hours ago, the LOLESPORTS staff released a statement detailing all the features this new season of LoL will have.

Changes in the MSI and Worlds format, a new Kickoff tournament already underway, and much more. Stay with us to know all the details of the League of Legends in 2023.

League of Legends Season 2023 kicks off in all regions

As mentioned, today officially kicks off the 2023 season with the new Kickoff 2023 tournament to be held in all regions worldwide. This marks the return of players to official LoL games.

MSI 2023 – Format and Venue


MSI23 Format Explainer 02 04As we all know, the Mid-Season Invitational or MSI is coming to London in 2023, as we mentioned in a previous article. But, in addition to a new venue for the tournament, there will be different changes in the format, which we will detail below.

For this 2023 season, the MSI will be played with 13 teams instead of 11 as in previous seasons. In addition, this tournament will now have two double elimination stages, the Play-In, and the Bracket Stage.

The MSI Play-Ins will feature eight participants from all regions of the world. In addition, LCK 2 will qualify directly for the Bracket Stage by being the Worlds 2022 champions.

The eight participating teams will be divided into two groups of four to compete in a best-of-three (BO3) double-elimination format.

The winners of each group and the winner of the last chance qualification, which is the match between the winners of the Lower Bracket, qualify for the MSI Bracket Stage to join the five teams already qualified.

MSI23 Format Explainer 03

Credits: lolesports

Then, in the Bracket Stage, the eight teams will face each other in a best-of-five (BO5) double-elimination format. The participants will be the winners of the Play-In Stage and the top seeds from the LEC, LCS, LPL, LCK 1, and LCK 2.

There is no doubt that the MSI serves as a thermometer to evaluate each team right in the middle of the season. In addition, this new format is expected to allow fans to enjoy more and better-quality games.

Worlds 2023 is to be played in South Korea

The rumors that have been going around for several weeks regarding the venue of the Worlds 2023 have been confirmed. After five years of absence, the Worlds Championship is returning to South Korea.

Remember that South Korea is considered the birthplace of esports and the home of the current World Champions, DRX. The venue and dates will be announced soon.

Worlds 2023 Format

Worlds 2023 will also have a new format for this season.

This year, there will be 22 teams invited to compete in three phases:

  • Play-In
  • Swiss
  • Knockouts

In addition, lolesports also announces a new qualification level for the Worlds: the Worlds Qualifying Series.

Worlds Qualifying Series

In the Worlds Qualifying Series, best-of-five (BO5) matches will be played between the fourth seed of the LEC and the LCS. The winner of this match qualifies directly for Worlds 2023.

The winner of the Worlds Qualifying Series, along with the rest of the 21 teams, will be the teams that will compete for glory in South Korea at Worlds 2023, where eight of these teams will start in the Play-In Stage.

Teams in the Play-In Stage

  • Top 2 VCS teams, PCS
  • The best team from LLA, CBLOL, LJL, and the winner of the WQS.
Worlds 2023 PlayIns

Credits: lolesports

On the other hand, the teams that will play directly on the Swiss Stage will be:

  • The four best teams of LPL, LCK.
  • The three best teams of LEC, LCS

The Play-In Stage will have two groups of four teams playing matches in a double-elimination format to define two qualifiers for the Swiss Stage. The matches will be played best of three (BO3), and the winner of the Upper Bracket from one group and the winner of the Lower Bracket from the other group will play each other for a place in the Swiss Stage.

Swiss Stage

The Swiss Stage will be as it has been done in different esports such as CS:GO. However, in this Stage, teams must win three matches to advance to the next Stage, while teams that lose three will be immediately eliminated from the tournament.

The pairings in each matchday will be between teams with the same record; that is, they will play between those with 1-0, 0-1, and so on.

All matches that advance or eliminate a team will be the best of three, and all other matches will be the best of one.


Credits: lolesports

Knockouts Stage

Finally, the Knockouts Stage will be the tournament’s final phase, with the eight qualified teams from the Swiss Stage. In this Stage, the teams will face each other in a direct elimination format. And finally, we will have the quarterfinals, semifinals, and grand final.

All these changes in the Worlds for 2023 are implemented to have more best-of-one matches and to create more opportunities for inter-regional competitions.

In addition to all of this, all Worlds matches are intended to be of vital importance to each team. This is to reduce the minimum number of matches where the outcome would not directly influence both teams in the development of the tournament.

Worlds2023 Knockouts

Credits: lolesports

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