LoL Worlds 2023: Results, schedule, stream, teams & more

Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games

The 2023 edition of the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2023) is finally underway! Here is everything you need to know about the biggest esports event of the year.

The World Championship represents the pinnacle of League of Legends esports. Every year, the best teams from across the globe lock horns for the title of world champion and the Summoner’s Cup, one of the most recognizable and prestigious trophies in the industry.

Worlds 2023 marks the return of the showpiece competition to South Korea, which hosted the latter stages of the 2014 edition and the 2018 event in its entirety. It also sees the tournament once again confined to one host nation after the 2022 competition took place in Mexico and in the United States.

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Worlds 2023 is upon us. Team BDS became the last team to qualify for Worlds via the Qualifying Series played the day before Play-Ins began. Their 3-0 win over Golden Guardians was swift, despite many favoring NA’s representative.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2023 World Championship.

Worlds 2023: Stream

The tournament will be streamed live on Riot Games’ official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded below for your convenience.

Missed a match? Check out LoL Esports’ YouTube VOD channel.

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In addition to other official streams in various languages, viewers can tune in to one of the more than 50 co-streams that have already been announced for Worlds 2023. Marc ‘Caedrel’ Lamont, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, Ibai ‘Ibai’ Llanos and Kamel ‘Kameto’ Kebir are among the approved co-streamers for the event, with the full list available here.

Worlds 2023: Dates, format and venues

To accommodate the LoL Esports pro players competing in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Worlds is taking place a bit later than usual. The event will be held from October 10 through November 19 at four different venues in South Korea.

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You can find all the dates and locations for Worlds 2023 below:

  • Play-Ins: October 10-15 (LoL Park, Seoul)
  • Group Stage: October 19-29 (KBS Arena, Seoul)
  • Quarter-finals: November 2-5 (Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, Busan)
  • Semi-finals: November 11-12 (Sajik Indoor Gymnasium, Busan)
  • Finals: November 19 (Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul)

Worlds 2023 will feature 22 teams from all over the world. The tournament will begin with the Play-In Stage, where the lower-ranked teams will duke it out for two spots in the Swiss Stage. There, they will join the 14 seeded teams, all hailing from the major regions (LCK, LPL, LCS and LEC).

Play-In (October 10-15):

Round 1:

  • 8 teams are split into two double-elimination groups.
  • Top 2 teams from each group advance to Play-In Round 2.
  • All matches are BO3.

Round 2:

  • The upper bracket winner from each group faces the loser bracket winner from the other group.
  • Both matches are BO5, with the winners advancing to the Swiss Stage.

Swiss Stage (October 19-29):

  • 16 teams compete in a five-round Swiss stage.
  • In the first stage, teams are randomly paired with an opponent from another region. After that, teams face opponents with the same win-loss record.
  • Teams that win 3 matches move on to playoffs.
  • Teams that lose 3 matches are eliminated.
  • Progression and elimination matches are BO3. The remaining matches are BO1.

Playoffs (November 2-19):

  • 8 teams compete in a single-elimination bracket.
  • All matches are BO5.

Worlds 2023: Schedule and results

Play-In (October 10-15):

Play-In Round 1:

Group A

Placement Team Record
1 PSG Talon 1-0
1 LOUD 1-0
3 GAM Esports 0-1
3 Rainbow7 0-1

Group B

Placement Team Record
Team BDS
1 CTBC Flying Oyster 1-0
3 DFM 0-1
Team Whales

Day 1: October 10

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Round 1 Rainbow7 0-2 PSG Talon 12 AM 3 AM 8 AM
Group A Round 1 LOUD 2-0 GAM 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM

Day 2: October 11

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B Round 1 DFM 0-2 CTBC Flying Oyster 12 AM 3 AM 8 AM
Group B Round 1 Team BDS vs Whales 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM

Day 3: October 12

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Winners PSG Talon vs LOUD 12 AM 3 AM 8 AM
Group B Winners TBD vs TBD 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM

Day 4: October 13

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Losers Rainbow7 vs GAM 12 AM 3 AM 8 AM
Group B Losers TBD vs TBD 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM

Day 5: October 14

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Decider TBD vs TBD 12 AM 3 AM 8 AM
Group B Decider TBD vs TBD 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM

Play-In Round 2:

Day 1: October 15

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Qualification TBD vs TBD 9 PM 12 AM 5 AM
Qualification TBD vs TBD 2 AM 5 AM 10 AM

Worlds 2023: Ticket information

Tickets for Worlds 2023 will be released in three different waves, with tickets for the Play-In stage already available. You can find when and where tickets will be available below.

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  • Play-In Stage tickets (July 10) – Link
  • Swiss Stage tickets (July 19) – Link
  • Knockout Stage tickets (August 4) – Link

Worlds 2023: Teams and rosters

Before Worlds 2023 begins, there will be a qualifying match called the Worlds Qualifying Series (WQS), featuring the fourth seed from the LCS and the LEC. The winner of this cross-region match will earn the final spot in the Play-In Stage.

JDG earned their Worlds spot first and then secured the spot for BLG alongside them with a win over LNG. Missing, JDG’s support, held up a sign saying that they’d secure BLG’s spot. And, after an incredibly tense best-of-5 win against LNG, they fulfilled that promise.

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Meanwhile, Cloud9 qualified after trouncing Evil Geniuses in decisive 3-0 fashion. It wasn’t close, and they’re looking like the strongest team in North America yet again. NRG refused to be left behind and beat GG in decisive 3-1 fashion to secure a Worlds spot of their own, while LNG qualified by besting EDG in the regional qualifier.

As for the LCK, Gen.G and T1 set themselves apart as the best teams in the LCK. T1 had a serious comeback after their slump, but not a big enough comeback to keep them from getting dominated by Gen.G in the finals.

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Meanwhile, KT Rolster and Dplus KIA fought their way back to Worlds. With Hanwha Life Esports and DRX out of the running, only Deft and Pyosik will be present to defend their title, and they’ll be on separate teams.

The final spot in the Swiss Stage went to Fnatic, who beat Team BDS in the LEC Finals’ second lower bracket round. BDS then swept Golden Guardians 3-0 in the Worlds Qualifying Series to secure the final spot in the Play-In Stage and claim bragging rights for the LEC.

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Swiss Stage Teams:

Team Region Players
Gen.G LCK Doran, Peanut, Chovy, Peyz, Delight
T1 LCK Zeus, Oner, Faker, Gumayusi, Keria
KT Rolster LCK Kiin, Cuzz, Bdd, Aiming, Lehends
Dplus LCK Canna, Canyon, ShowMaker, Deft, Kellin
JDG LPL 369, Kanavi, Knight, Ruler, Missing
BLG LPL Bin, XUN, Yagao, Elk, ON
LNG LPL Zika, Tarzan, Scout, GALA, Hang
Weibo LPL TheShy, Weiwei, Xiaohu, Light, Crisp
Cloud9 LCS Fudge, Blaber, EMENES, Berserker, Zven
NRG LCS Dhokla, Contractz, Palafox, FBI, IgNar
Team Liquid LCS Summit, Pyosik, APA, Yeon, CoreJJ
MAD Lions LEC Chasy, Elyoya, Nisqy, Carzzy, Hylissang
G2 Esports LEC BrokenBlade, Yike, Caps, Hans Sama, Mikyx
Fnatic LEC Oscarinin/Wunder, Razork, Humanoid, Noah, Trymbi

Play-In Stage Teams:

Team Region Players
Team BDS LEC Adam, Sheo, nuc, Crownie, Labrov
PSG Talon PCS Azhi, JunJia, Maple, Wako, Woody
CTBC Flying Oyster PCS Rest, Gemini, JimieN, Shunn, ShiauC
GAM Esports VCS Kiaya, Levi, Kati, Slayder, Palette, Zin
Team Whales VCS Sparda, Bean J, Glory, Artemis, Bie
LOUD CBLOL Robo, Croc, tinowns, Route, Ceos
DFM LJL Yutapon, Steal, Aria, Milan, Harp
Rainbow7 LLA Bong, Oddie, Mireu, Ceo, Lyonz