The 2023 League of Legends World Championship is set to introduce a new tournament format that will be unfamiliar to many spectators. Riot Games has decided to move away from the traditional group stage format and debut a Swiss-style format for the majority of the event. This change aims to bring excitement and ensure that the best teams continue to prove themselves against other top contenders.
In a Swiss-style tournament, the top 16 teams at Worlds 2023 will compete in a five-round format. Unlike the group stage, teams will only face off against teams with the same record. This means that each team has a better chance at winning, avoiding the feared “group of death” scenario where their chances of advancing are slim from the start. Every team will have opportunities to turn their performances around and secure a spot in the knockout stage.
Teams that win three matches will move on to the knockout stage, while teams that lose three games will be eliminated from the tournament. The Swiss stage will consist of 33 matches, including 20 best-of-one matches and 13 best-of-three matches.
Let's break down each round of the Swiss stage:
– Round One: Teams will face off against a random team from a different region in a best-of-one match. This kickoff game will set the tone for the rest of the tournament.
– Round Two: The eight teams that won their first match will play against each other, as well as the eight teams that lost their first match.
– Round Three: There will be four undefeated teams, four winless teams, and eight teams with a 1-1 record. The undefeated teams will compete in best-of-three matches, with the winners advancing. The other teams will continue with best-of-one or best-of-three matches depending on their record.
– Round Four: Six teams with a 2-1 record will face off against each other in best-of-three matches for a chance to advance. The other six teams with a 1-2 record will also play best-of-three matches, with the losers being eliminated.
– Round Five: The final round will feature the six teams with a 2-2 record, who will compete in best-of-three matches to determine the last three teams to advance.
The Swiss-style format brings new opportunities for teams to climb to the top and adds an extra layer of excitement to the World Championship. Get ready for the action as the teams take to Summoner's Rift in South Korea for Worlds 2023.
Source: Dot Esports – Tyler Esguerra, Lead League of Legends Writer for Dot Esports