This year’s World Championship (League of Legends World Championship) will be held in Korea for the first time in five years. MSI (Mid-Season Invitational) 메이저사이트 will be held in London, England in May.
Riot Games revealed through a video released ahead of the season opening special exhibition on the 10th that the 2023 World Championship will be held in Korea and will be held in a completely different way.
In Korea, starting in 2014, the second world championship was held in 2018, and the third world championship this year. In 2014, the finale was held at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, Seoul, and in 2018, the final was held at Munhak Stadium in Incheon after passing through Seoul, Busan and Gwangju. In 2014, Korea’s Samsung White (currently Gen.G eSports) won the championship, but in 2018, all three Korean teams that participated were sluggish and only advanced to the quarterfinals.
This year, there are significant changes to the way the game is played. First of all, double elimination is applied from the play-in stage, which can be called the preliminary round of 22, and the ‘Swiss stage’ will be held to replace the group stage, which is the final round of 16. In addition, the tournament stage, which proceeds from the quarterfinals, maintains the same single elimination system, which is the same as before. Riot Games said it is making these changes with a focus on increasing the number of multi-game matches and providing more opportunities to compete.
22 teams have been confirmed for this year’s Worlds. Of these, 21 teams are determined based on the number of seeds assigned to each region, while the 22nd team is determined through the World Championship Trial Series. In this selection match, the 4th seed from the EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) league LEC and the North American league LCS will compete in a best-of-five match, and the winning team will advance to the World Championship. Riot Games said it plans to expand the Trial series to include more regions and teams in the future.
The winner of the World Championship Trial Series will participate from the Play-In Stage. The play-in stage consists of four teams, two from VCS (Vietnam) and PCS (Southeast Asia), one team from LLA (Latin America), CBLOL (Brazil), and LJL (Japan), and one team that has passed the qualifying series. 8 teams compete.
These teams are divided into two groups of four to compete in the play-in stage with double elimination. Each group proceeds with a best-of-three double elimination, and the winner of one group determines the two teams that will advance to the Swiss stage, where the winner of the loser group and the winner of the loser group will compete in a best-of-five match.
4 teams each from LCK (Korea) and LPL (China), and 3 teams each from LEC and LCS will participate in Worlds and go directly to the Swiss stage. A total of 16 teams, including 2 teams that passed the play-in stage, will advance to the Swiss stage. Consisting of 5 rounds, the stage is played in a Swiss round format. In other words, teams with the same number of wins and losses in each round compete against each other until they have 3 wins or 3 losses. 메이저사이트
Meanwhile, MSI kicks off in London on May 2nd and runs until the 21st. MSI also has a change in the way it plays.
MSI participating teams will also be expanded from 11 to 13. Two teams from each region will participate in the four major regions, Korea (LCK), China (LPL), EMEA (LEC), and North America (LCS), and the other five regions, Vietnam (VCS), Southeast Asia (PCS), and Brazil. (CBLOL), Latin America (LLA), and Japan (LJL) will participate one by one. The LCK, which won Worlds in 2022, will also be given the privilege of joining the quarterfinals immediately with the spring runner-up team participating as the second seed.
In the MSI Play-In Stage, 8 teams compete and 3 teams survive. In the play-in stage, two groups of four teams will be formed, and a double elimination match will be held. A total of three teams, including the top two teams in each group and the winning team in the final selection match between the winners of the loser’s group in each group, advance to the quarterfinals, called the ‘bracket stage’.
The bracket stage will be held in the quarterfinals double elimination format. Depending on the results of the first match, it is divided into a winner’s bracket and a loser’s bracket, and the team that suffers two losses is eliminated. All matches played during the double elimination period will be best-of-five.