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The Knockout Stage Begins at Worlds 2023

The Knockout Stage is about to begin at Worlds 2023 we break down all the matchups in the opening round of the bracket.

At the beginning of October, 22 teams made the trip to South Korea with the hopes of lifting the Summoner’s Cup and being named the League of Legends 2023 World Champions. Now, only eight teams remain as we enter the final stage of the tournament, a single elimination bracket to decide this year’s winner. Currently, the LCS’s NRG sticks out like a sour thumb, with all four of the LPL’s representatives at the tournament qualified for the Knockout Stage, while three of the four LCK representatives fill out the rest of the remaining field. Can NRG pull off another upset? Will China’s dominance continue? You won’t want to miss any of the matches this week as the Worlds 2023 continues with live coverage on both Twitch and YouTube. 

NRG vs. WeiboGaming FAW AUDI

When: Thursday, November 2nd – 4:10 AM ET

Odds: NRG (+435) vs. WeiboGaming FAW AUDI (-700) 

The opening match of the Knockout Stage is between the LCS’s 1st seed and the LPL’s 4th seed. NRG is one of the bigger surprises in League of Legends history, going on a run in the LCS Summer Split Playoffs that no one could’ve predicted. That success has seemingly carried over to Worlds, as NRG is the only remaining Western Team in the tournament after going 3-1 in the Swiss Stage. Though WeiboGaming suffered an extra loss in the Swiss Stage, they proved their strength to NRG in the opening round of the Swiss when Weibo beat NRG. Did NRG learn anything meaningful from their first matchup? This would be the time to prove it. 

Gen.G Esports vs. Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank

When: Friday, November 3rd – 4 AM ET

Odds: Gen.G Esports (-475) vs. Bilibili Gaming Pingan Bank (+330)

Gen.G Esports is the LCK’s best shot at lifting the Summoner’s Cup this year. They had a great Swiss Stage, going 3-0, though their strength of schedule was on the weaker side. They’ll face their first LPL opponent of the tournament in Bilibili Gaming, who can be quite dangerous, especially in these longer best-of-five matches. Will the hometown crowd be able to help will Gen.G to victory? 

Beijing JDG Intel Esports Club vs. kt Rolster

When: Saturday, November 4th – 4 AM ET

Odds: Beijing JDG intel Esports Club (-550) vs. kt Rolster (+355)

JDG still remains the favorite to win the whole tournament, as they have been since arriving in Korea last month. This team has been on an absolute tear this year, utilizing a roster that some are calling the best in League of Legends history. They’re going head to head against kt Rolster, who Korean fans had high hopes for but struggled in the Swiss Stage. kt Rolster is going to have to play at a perfect level if they want to stand a chance against this dominant JDG squad. 

LNG Esports vs. T1

When: Sunday, November 5th – 3 AM ET 

Odds: LNG Esports (-112) vs. T1 (-115)

We close out the first round of the Knockout Stage with what the oddsmakers have as the closest match of the week as fan favorites T1 take on the LPL’s LNG Esports. LNG has somewhat gone under the radar this year, as JDG and Bilibili Gaming have been the ones making the most noise domestically. However, this is a very lethal roster in its own right, especially when taking on a more undisciplined T1 squad. It’s never the right time to count out Faker, but he won’t be able to do it alone. He’ll need the rest of the roster to step up if T1 has a chance.