What to expect from League of Legends esports in 2023

League of Legends had a fantastic year in 2022, and things are only going to get more exciting as we look towards 2023.

2022 was full of incredible moments on the League of Legends scene, but nothing could compete with the thrilling finale of the 2022 League of Legends World Championships, which saw underdog team DRX surprise us time and time again - and ultimately being crowned as this year’s champions.

2023 has a lot to live up to, following a performance like that. But with Riot Games promising to make 2023 the game’s biggest year ever, there’s sure to be a lot to look forward to. So here’s just a sampling of some of the biggest events on the horizon for League of Legends next year.

And remember, we’ll be keeping you up to date on every important match this year - so be sure to sign up for your free account before the 2023 season begins!

LEC Winter 2023

The League of Legends action begins with the LEC 2023 Winter Split, taking place from January 21 to January 26 at the LEC Studio in Berlin. It’s the first Winter Split in LEC history, which historically has only run Spring and Summer Splits, with a third Split being added for 2023.

It’s part of a rebrand for the LEC, which previously was known as the League of Legends European Championship, but now goes by its new name of League of Legends EMEA Championships. Thankfully, they’re keeping the old acronym to avoid confusion.

LEC Winter 2023 will take place in three stages. Stage 1 will see ten teams competing in a single round robin group stage, with the top eight advancing to the next stage. Stage 2 meanwhile is a double elimination group stage, from which only four players will advance to stage 3, the double elimination playoffs.

The ultimate winner will receive an invitation to LEC 2023 Finals, alongside the LEC Spring and summer Winners. The rest of the LEC 2023 Finals slots will be decided by the top three teams in terms of championship points.

The teams confirmed to be attending the LEC Winter Split are Astralis, Excel Esports, Fnatic, G2 Esports, KOI, MAD Lions, SK Gaming, Team BDS, Team Heretics and Team Vitality.

LCS Spring 2023

The ending of the new LEC Winter Split leads us nicely into the 2023 LCS Spring Split, which will run from January 26 to March 17. That’s shortly followed by the LCS Spring Finals, which will take place on April 8-9.

There’s a $200,000 prize pool on offer, with the winning team receiving an invitation to the 2023 MSI.

The tournament will see ten teams participating, who will then compete in a double round robin group stage. The best six teams will then advance on to the playoffs, with the top four teams starting in the upper bracket, while the lowest-ranked fifth and sixth teams will begin in the lower bracket.

The teams confirmed to be participating in LCS Spring 2023 consist of 100 Thieves, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, FlyQuest, Golden Guardians, Immortals, Team Liquid and TSM.

The winner of last year’s LCS Spring 2022 was Evil Geniuses, who defeated 100 Thieves in the final to claim their $100,000 prize and an invitation to the 2022 MSI.

The LCS Spring Split will be followed later in the year by the LCS Summer Split, which is absolutely the one to watch, which will see teams competing for an invitation to the LCS 2023 championship.

LCK Spring 2023

Korean league LCK will also be hosting a Spring and Summer Split, with spring starting things off as a yet-unspecified date.

Taking place at Seoul’s LoL Park, the Spring tournament is offering a prize pool of ₩375,000,000 (around $289,690), with the ultimate winner receiving ₩200,000,000 ($154,501.38) and an automatic qualification to the 2023 MSI.

The teams confirmed to be participating in the Spring Split include Brion Esports, DAMWON Gaming, DRX, Freecs, Gen.G, Hanwha Life Esports, KT Rolster, Nongshim RedForce, SANDBOX Gaming and T1.

The LCK Summer Split will take place later in the year, where two teams will secure their invitations to Worlds 2023. Gen.G were last year’s LCK Summer champions, after defeating T1 in the final.

LPL Spring 2023

The 2023 LPL season will kick off with the LPL Spring Split, due to start at a yet-unspecified date.

The LPL is one of the most competitive regions for players, and often sees far more teams competing than anywhere else. Similarly to the other leagues, the year is split into Spring and Summer Splits, but can see up to 48 games per team. It’s a grueling tournament, which can see some teams dominating the competition - while others quickly fall by the wayside without a single win to their names.

The ultimate winner of LPL Spring 2023 will receive ¥2,000,000 ($287,917.39), 90 championship points as well as an invitation to the 2023 MSI.

There’s already a long list of teams confirmed to be competing this year's Spring Split, including the likes of Anyone's Legend, Bilibili Gaming, EDward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, Invictus Gaming, JD Gaming, LGD Gaming, LNG Esports, Oh My God, Rare Atom, Royal Never Give Up, Team WE, ThunderTalk Gaming, Top Esports, Ultra Prime, Victory Five and Weibo Gaming.

There’s a pretty full schedule of events to expect across League of Legends’ S-Tier, which will all culminate in Worlds 2023 towards the end of the year. And we’ll be with you every step of the way, right here on Luckbox - sign up for your free account, and we’ll see you in the new year!