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‎‎Introduction

Welcome to the final article covering Worlds 2023 and our Fantasy Tournament! In this article, we'll be going over the thrilling knockout stage results; recapping the quarterfinals, semi finals, and finals of the most important competitive event of the year.

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Before we jump back into Worlds 2023, we'd like to take a moment to congratulate marrko993 for winning the E-GO Worlds 2023 Fantasy Tournament! marrko drafted a fantastic team, putting equal parts faith into Weibo Gaming and T1, but cleverly putting the most faith into T1's top laner Zeus, who was marrko's captain.

Bobobrc followed closely, less than five pts behind first place, with a roster of Faker and Oner from T1, Crisp from Weibo, and a member each from Gen. G and JD Gaming. Maverick, who achieved third place, on the other hand, gambled against T1, drafing Weibo's TheShy and Crisp, and two members from JD Gaming. Congratulations to these two coaches for achieving second and third, and a big shout-out to all of the participants, and the rest of our top ten especially! We hope you've enjoyed the tournament and that we’ll see you back here come 2024!

Knockout Stage Overview

Eight teams qualified from the Swiss Stage into Knockouts. Of these, three teams represented the LCK, four teams the LPL, and one the LCS. While you had plenty of chances during the Swiss Stage to bounce back from a loss, Knockouts were do or die every time. In this single elimination bracket format, every single best-of-five mattered, and nearly every series ended up being a nail biter.

Quarterfinals
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Semifinals
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Grand Finals
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2023 World Champions
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VS
Semifinals
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Quarterfinals
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Quarterfinals Recap


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In the first series of knockouts, the collective weight of the hopes and dreams of the West rested uneasily on NRG's shoulders. They had to beat Weibo Gaming, the LPL's fourth seed. Did they stand a chance at all? Well, historically, North America doesn't possess the best track record at international events. That said, they did manage to beat G2 in the Swiss Stage, and G2 had bested Weibo in round one. Theoretically, this was probably the best draw NRG could have hoped for, but, unfortunately, it wasn't enough. Game 1 saw glimmers of hope, with Dhokla and Palafox managing to get decent leads in the early game, but, after a gruelling 39 minute game, and off the backs of TheShy and Light, Weibo managed to seal the deal. The remaining two games of the series became shorter and shorter, with prospects bleaker and bleaker. In Game 3, Weibo'x Xiaohu personally kicked the last hope of the West out of the tournament, performing unnecessarily well on his Jayce and securing semifinals for Weibo Gaming with a score of 10-2-6.


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The second best-of-five in Knockouts promised to be a far closer and more exciting match-up. LCK's first seed, Gen G. faced off against the LPL's second seed, Bilibili Gaming. BiliBili is a flashy team, if a bit inconsistent, while Gen.G is quite the opposite - reliable, clinical, and coming to Worlds as LCK's champions for a second year in the row. Considering Gen.G's flawless record in the Swiss Stage, compared to BLG's rocky 60% WR, expectations were that Gen.G would come out swinging. In fact, it was quite the opposite! Bilibili towered over Gen.G in the first two games of the series. XUN, in particular, was playing incredibly well, boasting a KDA of 25 across the two matches, while staying on top of Dragon control and getting his top laner and bot laner ahead. Gen.G answered back in Game 3, not willing to go down 0-3 to the LPL. This game saw both teams completely even until the 30th minute mark when Gen.G was able to stop BLG from securing Baron, and win the ensuing team fight. Gen.G was able to carry that momentum into Game 4 as well, and suddenly we were at silver scrapes. After securing a small lead in the early game, BLG wrested control away from Gen.G by taking an early Baron Nashor. Gen.G found themselves unable to deal with BLG's team fight comp, and, in a super surprising turn of events, LCK's first seed was sent home in the quarterfinals.


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Even the most diehard KT Rolster fans would've had little hope for the next Worlds series. LCK's third seed would have to triumph over LPL's first seed and our MSI champions, JD Gaming. However, they did just that in the very first game. Between Cuzz being everywhere on the map and Bdd and Aiming going legendary, JDG had pretty much zero opportunities to turn the game around. However, things took a rather steep turn starting from Game 2. 369 snagged Aatrox and proceeded to go on a rampage, while botside Ruler was able to pop off early as Jinx. The game was over in 25 minutes flat and perhaps did some damage to KT's mental. While the fourth game was a lot closer, JDG managed to seal the deal after catching out Cuzz and securing Baron Nashor about 30 minutes in. With that, KT was out, and T1 became the last LCK team still in the running for the worlds championship…


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… but not if LNG had any say in the matter. LNG came into Worlds as the LPL's third seed, with a roster built around star players Tarzan and Scout. But they would have to defeat a veritable superteam in T1, at the centre of which is, naturally, the unkillable god king himself, Faker. In fact, while Faker performed admirably in all three games, Gumayusi and Zeus were the stars of this clean sweep. Zeus dominated top lane in the first two games as Aatrox before locking in Jayce in the final game, and going godlike all over again. In addition to getting all of their carries fed, T1 was able to dominate the map as well, securing Dragon Soul in each game, while surrendering zero major objectives across the entire series. All in all, there's not much more to say, except that it’s clear T1 came here to win it all. But could T1 do this same thing to China's first seed as well?

Semifinals Recaps


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The semifinals came next and the first ones up to the plate were Weibo Gaming and BiliBili Gaming, the fourth and second seeds of the LPL respectively. After their upset against Gen.G, and taking into consideration Weibo's relatively-speaking easier draw, as well as their standings in the LPL, many perhaps expected BiliBili to triumph in this series. It was Weibo that came out swinging, however. Each member of Weibo showed up in Game 1, with TheShy having an especially impressive performance on Rumble. BiliBili swung back in Game 2 with a very crowd-control heavy comp, and ended the match 35 minutes in with a 15k gold lead. Two more swingy games led to a 2-2 score and one last game with everything on the line. While BLG was able to shut down TheShy entirely in the early game of Game 1 (with a spectacular solo kill to start things off from Bin), Light was stacking advantage upon advantage in the bot lane alongside jungler WeiWei. BLG held the gold lead steady but Light kept getting more and more kills, eventually just becoming unkillable on his Kalista. After securing Mountain Soul and executing one final team fight, Weibo was able to best BiliBili Gaming and secure a spot in the finals!


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Joining Weibo Gaming in the finals would either be JD Gaming or T1, as two titans clashed in the next best-of-five series. T1 secured the first win in a spectacular fashion - the LPL champions found themselves down 10k gold just 25 minutes in when the Nexus exploded. Game 2 was a far closer match-up, and JDG managed to secure a steady lead starting from an early double kill bot lane for Kanavi. While the game was a long one, T1 was never able to re-equalise the gold after losing it in the early game, and slowly, but surely, they were not able to keep up with JDG's increasingly powerful carries. In Game 3, the gold lead was virtually even throughout the whole game, but T1 had a leg up over JDG thanks to their superior dragon control. While JDG nearly bounced back after sneaking a Nashor 30 minutes in, Faker was able to catch Ruler out and ace JDG alongside the rest of T1, bringing the LCK reps to match point. From then on, it was another relatively clean game, with a 10 gold lead and four dragons to none, to seal the deal and send the superteam of all superteams back home while they looked onwards to finals.

Grand Finals Recap


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Now unfortunately, this series was probably the least exciting of the knockout stage, as is often tradition with big international finals. Whether it was bad luck, underperformance, or just the pressure of playing against one of the best teams in history on their home soil, Weibo Gaming could not put up the fight they had so far at the tournament and all three games were essentially cleanly taken by T1. The first game was probably the closest, with most of Weibo's heavy lifting being done by WeiWei on Maokai. However, in spite of a great performance from the LPL jungler, T1 was still able to secure Dragon Soul nearly uncontested, in addition to both Rift Heralds and two Barons. Game 3 was the quickest and most stylish game from T1's side. Faker locked in Akali and went 6-1, while both Zeus and Oner popped off on their respective champions as well. With that, Weibo Gaming was taken down, and LCK emerged as the finest region for a second year in a row!

Meet your Champions!

LCK
2nd Seed
T1
S1
S2
S3
S4
QF
SF
GF
1-0
0-1
1-0
2-0
3-0
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TL
LCS
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LCK
C9
LCS
BLG
LPL
LNG
LPL
JDG
LPL
WBG
LPL
After such a long journey, it's always a bit disappointing when finals end so quickly. But there isn't a League of Legends fan out there who isn't happy for T1 to retake their throne after all the trials and tribulations they had gone through in the last few years.

In spite of being known as one of the best teams worldwide, and being virtually a household name if you've ever heard of League of Legends to begin with, T1 hasn't been able to reach their former stardom for some time now. Their last World Championship victory was way back in 2016, and their last international win as a whole was in 2017 at MSI. They continued to see domestic success for a while, achieving first place in the LCK in both splits of 2019 as well as in the Spring of 2020. Since then though, the team has been, for a team of such reputation and prestige, struggling to replicate their former success - that is, to be number one once more. At Worlds 2021, they were eliminated in the semifinals, at Worlds 2022 they lost to huge underdogs in DRX in the finals, but now, at long last, they are able to secure their fourth Worlds championship and indisputably call themselves the greatest team of all time.

Faker, Zeus, Oner, Gumayusi, and Keria - all five players have cemented themselves as the best of the best in their roles, if there was ever any doubt before. What's more, this stellar roster is staying together for the 2024 season in spite of the usual rumours of potential roster movements. T1 has also announced the return of their former coach Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun to their roster for the following year. If you enjoyed watching T1 at this tournament, you'll love them in the LCK come January.
TOP LANE
Zeus
Choi Woo-je
..South Korea
January 31, 2004
Skin Choice: or
Team History
JUNGLE
Oner
Mun Hyeon-jun
..South Korea
December 24, 2002
Skin Choice:
Team History
MID LANE
Faker
Lee Sang-hyeok
..South Korea
May 7, 1996
Skin Choice: ??
Team History
BOT LANE
Gumayusi
Lee Min-hyeong
..South Korea
February 6, 2002
Skin Choice:
Team History
SUPPORT
Keria
Ryu Min-seok
..South Korea
October 14, 2002
Skin Choice: or
Team History

Conclusion

That wraps up our recaps, thoughts, comments, and everything else Worlds 2023! Thank you so much for reading and participating in the Fantasy League. We hope you had a great experience watching Worlds and competing with your fantasy team.

Credits go to LoL.fandom Wiki for their collection of player portraits, up-to-date statistics, overviews and all-around fantastic work documenting LoL esports. Additionally, the incredible bracket overview table was designed by the amazing and ever-supportive Silverman43!

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