After five years, the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) returns to South Korea. This pinnacle event of the LoL esports season is scheduled to take place from October to November in the Land of the Morning Calm.
Worlds 2023 brings forth an exciting new format, featuring the Swiss Stage, along with new qualification paths for teams.
Here’s everything you need to know about Worlds 2023, including its schedule, results, format, qualified teams, where to watch livestreams, and more.
What is League of Legends Worlds 2023?
Worlds is the annual League of Legends World Championship. It is organized by developers Riot Games, and it is the largest global tournament in LoL esports.
This year, a total of 22 teams from around the globe will compete for the coveted Summoner’s Cup championship trophy, a million-dollar prize pool, and the 13th world championship title.
Worlds 2023 schedule, standings, and results
Worlds 2023 will take place from October 10 to November 19.
The Play-In Stage will run from October 10 to October 15, while Swiss Stage will run from October 19 to 23, and 26 to 29. All dates and times are in GMT, GMT+8, and PST.
The Knockout Stage is scheduled as follows:
- Quarterfinals – November 2 to 5
- Semifinals – November 11 to 12
- Grand final – November 19
Worlds 2023 Play-In Stage schedule
|Movistar R7||October 10, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||PSG Talon|
|LOUD||October 10, 3 a.m. PST | 10 a.m. GMT | 6 p.m. GMT+8||GAM Esports|
|DetonatioN FocusMe||October 11, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||CTBC Flying Oyster|
|TBC||October 11, 3 a.m. PST | 10 a.m. GMT | 6 p.m. GMT+8||Team Whales|
|TBC||October 12, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 13, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 14, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 14, 8 p.m. PST | October 15, 3 a.m. GMT | 11 a.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 15, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage schedule
|TBC||October 18, 10 p.m. PST | October 19, 5 a.m. GMT | 1 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 19, 10 p.m. PST | October 20, 5 a.m. GMT | 1 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 21, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 22, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 23, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 26, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 27, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 28, 12 a.m. PST | 7 a.m. GMT | 3 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||October 28, 9 p.m. PST | October 29, 4 a.m. GMT | 12 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
Worlds 2023 Knockout Stage schedule
|TBC||November 2, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||November 3, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||November 4, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||November 5, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||November 11, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||November 12, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
|TBC||November 19, 1 a.m. PST | 8 a.m. GMT | 4 p.m. GMT+8||TBC|
(To be updated)
Format of Worlds 2023
Worlds 2023 will introduce a revised format comprising 22 teams divided into three phases of competition: the Play-In Stage, the Swiss Stage, and the Knockout Stage, which includes the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.
Worlds 2023 Play-In Stage format
The Play-In stage will launch the tournament, featuring the 1st and 2nd seeds from VCS & PCS, the 1st seed from LLA, CBLOL, LJL, and the victor of the Worlds Qualifying Series between the LCS and LEC 4th seeds.
These eight teams have been grouped into two double-elimination brackets, competing in best-of-three matches. The top team from each bracket will clash with the second-place team from the opposite bracket in a series of best-of-five matches.
The winners of these matches will secure their spots in the Swiss Stage. The initial 10 matches will be best-of-three, while the final two will be best-of-five.
Worlds 2023 Swiss Stage format
The two teams that advance from the Play-In Stage will join the top three seeded teams from the LEC and LCS, along with the top four seeded teams from the LCK and LPL, making a total of 16 teams. These teams will be divided into four draw pools: 1 Seeds, 2 Seeds, 3 Seeds, and 4 Seeds + Play-In Qualifiers.
Initially, they will play eight best-of-one matches based on their seeding, with Pool 1 teams facing Pool 4 teams and Pool 2 teams facing Pool 3 teams. Importantly, no team will compete against a team from their own region in the first round.
After the first round, there will be another draw to pair teams with the same record against each other, without any further draw restrictions. This process will repeat for three more rounds, with teams with even records facing each other until they reach three wins to advance or three losses to be eliminated from the competition.
In total, eight teams will progress to the Knockout Stage. While the initial rounds are best-of-one, all advancement and elimination matches will be best-of-three.
During the Swiss Stage, side selection will be determined by the initial draw pool, with the higher pool receiving side selection. In matches between teams from the same draw pool, side selection will be determined by a coin flip.
Worlds 2023 Knockout Stage format
The tournament progresses to the Knockout Stage, which includes the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.
In this stage, the format shifts to single-elimination, and all matches are contested in a best-of-five format. Quarterfinal matchups will be determined through an on-stage draw following the conclusion of the Swiss Stage.
In this draw, teams that advanced with a 3-0 record will be matched against teams that advanced with a 3-2 record, while the remaining teams will face each other. The ultimate victor of this stage will be crowned the 2023 World Champions.
Teams competing at Worlds 2023
|LCK (Korea)||Gen.G (1st seed)|
T1 (2nd seed)
KT Rolster (3rd seed)
Dplus KIA (4th seed)
|LCS (North America)||NRG Esports (1st seed)|
Cloud9 (2nd seed)
Team Liquid (3rd seed)
|LEC (Europe)||G2 Esports (1st seed)|
Fnatic (2nd seed)
MAD Lions (3rd seed)
|LPL (China)||JD Gaming (1st seed)|
Bilibili Gaming (2nd seed)
LNG Esports (3rd seed)
Weibo Gaming (4th seed)
|PCS (Pacific)||PSG Talon (1st seed)|
CTBC Flying Oyster (2nd seed)
|LJL (Japan)||DetonatioN FocusMe|
|VCS (Vietnam)||GAM Esports (1st seed)|
Team Whales (2nd seed)
|LLA (Latin America)||Movistar R7|
|Worlds Qualifying Series||TBC|
(To be updated)
Where will Worlds 2023 be held?
|Play-In Stage||LoL Park in Seoul, South Korea|
|Swiss Stage||KBS Arena in Seoul, South Korea|
|Knockout Stage: Quarterfinals||Sajik Indoor |
Gymnasium in Busan, South Korea
|Knockout Stage: Semifinals||Sajik Indoor |
Gymnasium in Busan, South Korea
|Knockout Stage: Finals||Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea|