With the Summer splits ending across the globe, let’s take a look at which teams have already qualified for LoL 2023 Worlds.
LoL 2023 World Championship – Overview
The 2023 World Championship will be taking place in South Korea for the first time since 2018. With the LCK being the defending world champions, there will be a lot on the line for the Korean representatives, especially considering the dominance LPL teams have shown at MSI in London earlier this season.
Moreover, there will be more “beef” than usual due to the presence of the Hangzhou Asian Games which will begin in September. As a result, Worlds have been pushed a bit further back, with teams competing towards mid-October. The final will be on November 19, which will more or coincide with the end of the ranked season.
This also means that the Chinese and Korean leagues will be wrapping up their summer splits quicker than usual, as players will need some time to get good practice ahead of the event. For the other regions, they can take their time, but most regions will have locked their teams by mid-September.
Starting this year, Worlds will have a new format that is quite different from the past with changes across the board, including a Swiss-style group stage. The only stage with no changes is the Knockout stage, as the best 8 teams will play in a single-elimination bracket.
But before getting to that point, we will be able to witness 22 different teams playing at Worlds 2023. Here are all the representatives, from the major regions to the wild cards.
List of teams Qualified for LoL Worlds 2023
- TBA (LCK 2023 Summer Champion) – Gen.G/T1/KT
- TBA (LCK 2023 Championship Points) – Gen.G/T1/KT
- TBA (LCK 2023 Regional Finals Winner)
- TBA (LCK 2023 Regional Finals Runner-Up)
LCK teams still in contention
- KT Rolster
- Dplus KIA
- Hanwha Life
Even though DRX, Dplus KIA, and Hanwha Life Esports have been eliminated from the LCK Summer Playoffs, all these teams are still in contention for a Worlds spot since they have made it to the Regional Finals. Among the teams, the only squad to have already locked for Worlds is Gen.G, the first finalist of the Summer Playoffs: regardless of the result, they will either go to Worlds as the #2 seed or #1 seed.
Based on the current standings and championship points, two teams out of the top three (T1, Gen.G, and KT) will be guaranteed to go to Worlds as the first two seeds.
- JD Gaming – #1 seed
- Bilibili Gaming – #2 seed
- LNG Esports – #3 seed
- WBG Gaming – #4 seed
LPL teams still in contention
- LNG Esports
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- Weibo Gaming
The LPL are the fastest region to have determined their Worlds seed: JDG, BLG, LNG, and WBG will head to South Korea in October. The first two have already been locked (JDG as the LPL Summer champions, BLG for the most championship points). LNG and WBG have locked the last two seeds through the Regional Finals, with WBG beating EDG in the last spot decider.
- TBA (LEC 2023 Season Finals Champion)
- TBA (LEC 2023 Season Finals Runner-Up)
- TBA (LEC 2023 Season Finals 3rd Place)
LEC teams still in contention
- G2 Esports
- MAD Lions
- Team BDS
- SK Gaming
LEC Season Finals have yet to begin, so all teams have a chance to participate. Among them, G2 Esports is the one with the highest chance of locking their spot since all they have is to win the first series against Team BDS. If they win, they are guaranteed at least a spot for the Worlds Qualifying Series.
LCS (North America)
- TBA (LCS 2023 Champion)
- TBA (LCS 2023 Runner-Up)
- TBA (LCS 2023 3rd Place)
LCS teams still in contention
- Cloud9 – locked at least #3 seed
- NRG – locked at least #3 seed
- Golden Guardians – Worlds Qualifying Series
- Team Liquid – locked at least #3 seed
With C9 and NRG fighting in the winners’ bracket finals of the LCS Championship, both teams have locked their spot at Worlds 2023. Team Liquid have gotten into the top three by beating Golden Guardians for the last spot that gives direct access to the World championship.
As a result, GG will have to face LEC’s fourth seed in a Bo5 to determine the last Western team that will head to South Korea in October.
PCS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Southeast Asia, Oceania)
- PCS (2023 Summer Champion)
- PCS (2023 Summer Runner-Up)
PCS teams still in contention
- PSG Talon
- J Team
- Beyond Gaming
- Deep Cross Gaming
- CTBC Flying Oyster
- Frank Esport
- Chiefs Esports Club (LCO #1)
- Team Bliss (LCO #2)
PCS Summer Playoffs will feature 6 teams from the PCS and the top two teams from the LCO. The top two teams will head to the play-in stage.
- VCS (2023 Summer Champion)
- VCS (2023 Summer Runner-Up)
VCS teams still in contention
- GAM Esports
- Team Whales
- Saigon Buffalo
- Team Secret
- Team Flash
The first two teams will represent the region at Worlds 2023, but they will have to go through the play-in stage.
- TBA (CBLOL 2023 Split Two Champion)
CBLOL teams still in contention
- RED Canids
- paiN Gaming
- Vivo Keyd Stars
Only the playoff champions will head to Worlds.
- TBA (LJL 2023 Summer Champion)
LJL teams still in contention
- DetonatioN FocusMe
- SoftBank HAWKS
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DetonatioN FocusMe and SoftBank HAWKS are the two finalists of the LJL Summer Playoffs that will clash in the last match to determine the Japanese representative at the LoL World Championship.
LLA (Latin America)
- TBA (LLA 2023 Closing Champion)
LLA teams still in contention
- Movistar R7
- Estral Esports
- Six Karma
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Movistar R7 are waiting the winner between Estral Esports and Six Karma for the LLA championship and the spot in the play-in stage at Worlds.
We will continuously update the information as all the leagues will finish up their matches in the upcoming weeks.
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