This year, Riot tried something new to give fans a more meaningful experience during the League of Legends World Championship and it seemingly worked, with most viewers loving the new Swiss format.
Over the past few years, League of Legends esports fans have been calling on Riot to change the format of the biggest esports event of the year: the League of Legends World Championship. In 2023, Riot’s esports team listened to fans and gave them something new and exciting.
So, as the very first Swiss scene comes to an exciting end, the verdict from the fans, as well as the players, is in and it looks quite positive. Did Riot actually succeed in making something the community loved?
LoL Worlds 2023: the Swiss scene was a huge success
This year, Riot has made major adjustments to the tournament format for the two biggest esports events of the year. MSI 2023 featured a double-elimination bracket and Worlds was introduced in a Swiss format instead of having the usual group format.
Fans loved the MSI format with the double elimination bracket and it seems the Swiss format was also a huge success, with fans praising it, saying every match had meaning. Not a single pointless or boring match was played, since each match could dictate the outcome of the bracket.
Swiss scene appreciation thread
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The draws at the end of each day made the Swiss scene even more exciting and the best part was that every match counted. Sure, it has some flaws, but I definitely prefer this one over the previous format.
While the LEC failed to break out of the Swiss format and field a team in the round of 16 for the first time in 9 years, North America finally managed to qualify for the next phase of the tournament thanks to a glorious journey from NRG to the world championship.
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This is also the first time that all four LPL teams will participate in the round of 16 of the tournament. This is a pretty exciting tournament and while fans won’t benefit from a double elimination bracket, the teams that made it out of the Swiss stage are all incredibly strong and have demonstrated that on the Swiss stage .
Now let’s hope that next year there will be more diversity of champions to really make this format shine and come to life.
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