Why are Xayah and Kai’Sa dominating the LoL Worlds meta?

Over the last month, the 2023 League of Legends World Championship has been dominated by a handful of champions on the Summoner’s Rift, with the meta shifting around two key picks in the bottom lane: Xayah and Kai’Sa.

The pair of powerful AD carries have been the most-played in their role across the entire tournament, boasting the first and third-highest play rates of any champion chosen in the main event, according to League stats aggregate Oracle’s Elixir. They have been piloted by some of the best players in the world, and are usually the main matchup that most teams opt into in every series.