World 2023 Quarterfinals just concluded; here’s a quick recap of what happened.
The League of Legends Worlds 2023 Quarterfinals have come to a conclusion. With the recent series between T1 and LNG, we now have only four teams remaining on the Worlds stage.
Starting off the Quarterfinals, the LCS’s first NRG went up against the LPL fourth-seed Weibo Gaming, leading to a swift 3-0 victory for the LPL representative. The second series was between the LCK first seed, Gen.G, and the LPL second seed, Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank. BLG managed to take a close 3-2 victory, taking them one step closer to the finals.
For the third game, KT Rolster managed to take one game off of the tournament favorites JDG, but ultimately, the series ended up in a 3-1 victory for JDG. Simler to the first series of the Quarterfinals, T1 achieved a quick 3-0 versus the LPL third seed LNG Esports. Thus, we have our four teams qualifying for the Semifinals.
Having said that, let’s delve in a little further and break down these series.
NRG vs. WeiboGaming FAW AUDI
The LCS representative NRG probably had one of the biggest miracle runs of the year. The relatively young team managed to beat out the LCS giants C9 in the 2023 LCS Summer finals and secured their spot at Worlds 2023. They also had a fantastic showing at the Worlds stage, beating out G2 Esports and becoming the only team to advance to the Worlds 2023 Quarterfinals Stage. But can they continue their miracle run?
The first game against Weibo Gaming was very close. NRG managed to get a fairly substantial gold lead early. The team managed to use that lead to secure themselves a 23-minute baron. But as teamfights came around, Weibo Gaming outplayed NRG in every step, leading to a 39-minute win for Weibo Gaming.
Game two was a lot less close. Weibo Gaming managed to get substantial leads across all the lines, leading to them getting the Mountain Soul and closing out the game at 33 minutes. The third game was even more of a stomp as Weibo Gaming took a 26-minute victory.
Thus, Weibo Gaming advances to the Semifinals and the conclusion of NRG’s miracle run.
Gen.G vs. Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank
The Gen.G vs. Bilibili Gaming was one of the biggest upsets of Worlds 2023. Before the match, most were expecting a quick win for the LCK first seed. But BLG, that series was a different breed of beast. They came prepared and managed to take down Gen.G in a close but convincing 3-2 victory.
Game 1 of the series had a relatively even early game, but when it came to the team fighting, BLG was simply better. BLG also had better team-fighting options with Renata Glasc R – Hostile Takeover, Orianna R – Command: Shockwave, and Jarvan IV R – Cataclysm, leading to BLG having a sub-30 min victory. Game 2 was a stomp by BLG. They managed to close out the game in only 28 minutes.
It seemed all hope was lost for the LCK first seed, but they managed to narrowly win games 3 and 4, leading to a match point.
The final game was the closest of all five games. Both teams traded blow for blow, but BLG’s team fighting was simply better, leading to a 33-minute victory.
Beijing JDG Intel Esports Club vs. KT Rolster
KT Rolster probably had one of the toughest Worlds runs. They had to face BLG twice, Dplus Kia, and Weibo Gaming. Now they face their toughest opponent yet, the tournament favorites JD Gaming.
The first game of the series was a very convincing win for the LCK third seed. The team had a slight lead early and used the lead to get a sub-30-minute victory. There was a slight ray of hope that KT maybe could pull it off, but if you are a KT fan, you would know not to put your hopes up. And in a truly KT fashion, they lost the series to JD Gaming 3-1, with minions taking out the Nexus no less.
Suzhou LNG Esports vs. T1
The battle between LNG Esports and T1 was one of the most anticipated matches of the Worlds 2023 Quarterfinals. Both these teams are similar in terms of power level and standings, so most were expecting a very competitive series. But this T1 was a different beast compared to what we saw on the LCK stage. T1 managed to win all three games convincingly, marking the end of LNG’s Worlds run.