LoL Worlds 2023 play-in stage: 3 predictions and previews

The 2023 League of Legends World Championship is here, but before the big stars of the major regions duke it out in the tournament’s main event, the preliminary play-in stage will decide which teams get the final berths in the newly formed Worlds Swiss stage.

This year, the Worlds play-in stage looks different than it has in years past, with the format receiving an update, just as the main event of the tournament did. The play-in teams have been drawn into two separate double-elimination brackets (instead of the usual pools), and it will take victories across three series (not best-of-ones) to secure a place in the main event.