As the League of Legends pro season kicks off globally in January, every pro team in every region is working and fighting for the goal everyone dreams of: go to worlds.
Riot Games’ most important tournament of the year, courtesy VALORANT Champions which ends this month of August, is one of the most important events in the history of esports, gathering the largest audience on the planet.
This year it will take place in South Korea, the country that has the most World Cups won with 7 titles and is considered the strongest region in history to also defend a title and in which Faker will be at his house for the first time.
Which teams have already qualified for the 2023 World Cup?
After reaching several regional League of Legends championships such as LPL, LCK or LCS, there are already a total of 12 teams qualified for the 2023 World Cup.as of August 21, and are:
Qualified for Main Event
- Gen.G (LCK Champion)
- Т1 (LKK)
- JD Gaming (LPL Champion)
- Bilibili Gaming (LPL)
- LNG eSports (LPL)
- Weibo Gaming (LPL)
- G2 eSports (LEC)
- Crazy Lions (LEC)
- NRG (LCS Champion)
- Cloud9 (LCS)
- Team Liquid (LCS)
For the Main Event, you still need to know them 4 secret: The bottom two players from the LCK who will play for a place in the Regional Finals and the last qualifying player from the LEC, either the winner of the LEC Finals or whoever is behind G2 and MAD Lions.
In addition, the other two teams that will make up the Main Event will come out of the annual Play-In, in which a big novelty for 2023 will be 4th place in the LCS (Golden Guardians) and LEC. will compete for a place in this phase.
Until the day 10 September We will not know all the Play-In teams a month before the start of the 2023 World Cup: the tournament starts on October 10 and ends on November 19 in one of the longest championships of the year.
In Europe they can still qualify Fnatic, Excel, SK Gaming or BDSso it will be interesting to follow the final of the competition, which will last until September 10th.
What is the Play-In format?
This first round of Worlds 2023 will run from October 10-15 and will feature 8 teams competing: two from PCS, two from Vietnam, one from Japan, one from Brazil, another from Latin America and the winner of LCS vs LEC.
Once the classified teams have been determined, they will fight in two groups in the format bracket with all matches up to Bo3. When a team wins two Bo3s, they advance to the final where they will face the best teams from the other group.
The winners of these best-of-five matches will be the two teams that have qualified for the 2023 World Cup Main Event, and once that has been done, the draw will take place and the official groups will be determined.