T1 crush Weibo Gaming to earn Faker a fourth title: LoL Worlds 2023 results, recap & more
We’re mere hours away from the LoL Worlds 2023 Finals where T1 will face off against Weibo for League’s biggest title. Can Faker claim his fourth trophy? Here’s everything you need to know about Worlds 2023 from the schedule, past results, where to watch & more.
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 marked 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 the United States.
The tournament was heavily LPL-favored, with even the LCK’s best team domestically falling short of the Semifinals. Dexerto spoke to Doran afterward when he revealed that their loss here will likely be the end of the current Gen.G roster despite their success.
Weibo took down BLG in an incredibly close series, one where TheShy proved himself to be playing in world-champion form against Bin. Though Bin was heavily favored going into the series, this matchup was not close, and TheShy gapping him in top lane was a huge part of why Weibo Gaming secured their path to the Worlds 2023 Finals.
Meanwhile, T1 stopped JDG’s Golden Road dead in its tracks and have secured their own path to the Worlds 2023 Finals. Faker hasn’t won a title since 2016, but Faker was looking to add a long-awaited fourth trophy to his cabinet as T1 looks to claim glory for the LCK on their home turf.
And he’s done it.
T1 crushed Weibo Gaming in near-uncontested fashion. With the entirety of South Korea behind them, T1 handily took down their opponent in a manner that proved them to be far and away be the superior team.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2023 LoL 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.
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.
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):
- 8 teams were split into two double-elimination groups.
- Top 2 teams from each group advanced to Play-In Round 2.
- All matches were BO3.
- The upper bracket winner from each group faced the loser bracket winner from the other group.
- Both matches were 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
Day 7: November 19
|Finals||Weibo Gaming 0-3 T1||12 AM||3 AM||7 AM|
Day 1: November 2
|Quarterfinals||NRG 0-3 Weibo Gaming||1 AM||4 AM||8 AM|
Day 2: November 3
|Quarterfinals||GenG 2-3 BLG||1 AM||4 AM||8 AM|
Day 3: November 4
|Quarterfinals||JDG 3-1 KT Rolster||1 AM||4 AM||8 AM|
Day 4: November 5
|Quarterfinals||LNG 0-3 T1||1 AM||4 AM||8 AM|
Day 5: November 11
|Semifinals||Weibo Gaming 3-2 BLG
||1 AM||4 AM||8 AM|
Day 6: November 12
|Semifinals||T1 3-1 JDG||1 AM||4 AM||8 AM|
Swiss Stage (October 19-29):
The Swiss Stage is well underway, with 2-0 teams playing to qualify for Quarterfinals. Surprising no one based on the power rankings, JDG’s win over LNG gave them the very first Quarterfinal spot with GenG joining them a short time after. G2 and LNG are still at risk of elimination and need to win a BO3 before they qualify.
Here’s a rundown of the team standings and what’s on the line for teams competing on each day.
Here’s the full set of results for the Swiss Stage:
Day 1: October 19
|Swiss Round 1||T1 1-0 Team Liquid||10 PM||1 AM||6 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||Cloud9 1-0 MAD Lions||11 PM||2 AM||7 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||Gen.G 1-0 GAM||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||JDG 1-0 Team BDS||1 AM||4 AM||9 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||G2 1-0 DPlus KIA||2 AM||5 AM||10 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||NRG 0-1 Weibo Gaming||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||Fnatic 0-1 LNG||4 AM||7 AM||12 PM|
|Swiss Round 1||BLG 1-0 KT||5 AM||8 AM||1 PM|
Day 2: October 20
Due to a lengthy pause during the Cloud9 vs LNG match, the schedule was slightly behind for Day 2’s games at Worlds 2023.
|Swiss Round 1||NRG 1-0 Team Liquid||10 PM||1 AM||6 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||Cloud9 0-1 LNG||11 PM||2 AM||7 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||MAD Lions 1-0 Team BDS||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||Fnatic 1-0 GAM||1 AM||4 AM||9 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||Gen.G 1-0 T1||2 AM||5 AM||10 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||G2 1-0 Weibo Gaming||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
|Swiss Round 1||JDG 1-0 BLG||4 AM||7 AM||12 PM|
|Swiss Round 1||DPlus KIA 0-1 KT||5 AM||8 AM||1 PM|
Day 3: October 21
|QF Qualify BO3||JDG 2-1 LNG||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|QF Qualify BO3||G2 Esports 0-2 GenG||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 4: October 22
|Tiebreaker BO1||Cloud9 0-1 T1||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Tiebreaker BO1||NRG 1-0 MAD Lions||1 AM||4 AM||9 AM|
|Tiebreaker BO1||BLG 1-0 Fnatic||2 AM||5 AM||10 AM|
|Tiebreaker BO1||Weibo Gaming 0-1 KT||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 5: October 23
|Elimination BO3||Team Liquid 1-2 GAM
||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Elimination BO3||Dplus KIA 2-0 Team BDS||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 6: October 26
|Swiss Round 4||Cloud9 1-2 FNATIC||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Swiss Round 4||MAD Lions 0-2 Weibo Gaming||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 7: October 27
|Swiss Round 4||DPlus KIA 2-0 GAM||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Swiss Round 4||KT 1-2 LNG||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 8: October 28
|Swiss Round 4||NRG 2-0 G2 Esports||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Swiss Round 4||T1 2-0 BLG||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 9: October 29
|Swiss Round 4||KT Rolster 2-0 Dplus KIA||9 PM||12 AM||5 AM|
|Swiss Round 4||Fnatic 1-2 Weibo Gaming||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Swiss Round 4||G2 1-2 BLG||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Play-In (October 10-15):
Play-In Round 2:
Day 1: October 15
|Qualification||Whales 1-3 GAM||8 PM||11 PM||4 AM|
|Qualification||PSG Talon 2-3 Team BDS||1 AM||4 AM||9 AM|
Play-In Round 1:
|3||CTBC Flying Oyster||1-2|
Day 1: October 10
|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
|Group B Round 1||DFM 0-2 CTBC Flying Oyster||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Group B Round 1||Team BDS 1-2 Whales||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 3: October 12
|Group A Winners||PSG Talon 2-0 LOUD||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Group B Winners||CTBC Flying Oyster 1-2 Whales||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 4: October 13
|Group A Losers||Rainbow7 0-2 GAM||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Group B Losers||DFM 0-2 Team BDS||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
Day 5: October 14
|Group A Decider||LOUD 0-2 GAM||12 AM||3 AM||8 AM|
|Group B Decider||CTBC Flying Oyster 0-2 Team BDS||3 AM||6 AM||11 AM|
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.
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 ahead of Worlds 2023.
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.
Meanwhile, KT Rolster and Dplus KIA fought their way back to Worlds 2023. With Hanwha Life Esports and DRX out of the running, only Deft and Pyosik would be present to defend their title, and they’ll be on separate teams. And Pyosik is already out.
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.
Swiss Stage Teams:
|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|
|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 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|