The League of Legends Worlds 2023 Swiss stage is now at its midpoint, with matchups featuring teams boasting a 1-1 record. Notable teams in this category include KT Rolster, Bilibili Gaming, and T1. The winners of these matchups will be one best-of-three series away from qualifying for the playoffs.
In a North America vs. EMEA clash, NRG and MAD Lions are set to grace the stage for the day’s second game. Both teams are eager to solidify their position in the knockout stage, with a victory here marking the initial stride towards that goal.
NRG’s League of Legends Worlds 2023 journey got off to a rocky start, suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of LPL’s Weibo Gaming, the 4th seed. The LCS 2023 Summer Split champions struggled to find their footing, and they were swiftly overwhelmed by their opponents’ pressure. In the 0-1 matchup, the LCS 1st seed found themselves pitted against Team Liquid, the LCS 3rd seed.
However, NRG made a triumphant return in this game, completely dominating Team Liquid. From mid-laner Cristian “Palafox” Palafox securing an early solo kill against Eain “APA” Stearns to Niship “Dhokla” Doshi emerging as a formidable raid boss on the Jax pick, NRG outclassed Team Liquid in every aspect, advancing to the pool of 1-1 teams in the Swiss stage.
MAD Lions had a similar start to NRG in their League of Legends Worlds 2023 campaign. The LEC’s 3rd seed appeared lackluster and posed no threat to Cloud9 in their opening matchup. Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság’s signature Ezreal pick failed to make an impact, and Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla’s ill-fated level 2 invasion sealed the fate of the EMEA representatives, from which they couldn’t recover.
In the 0-1 matchup against Team BDS, MAD Lions found their comfort zone, with Elyoya’s Bel’Veth pick delivering excellent results. The rest of the squad also performed admirably, ensuring Team BDS had no influence on the game. Although Ilias “nuc” Bizriken’s Azir was imposing, MAD Lions successfully thwarted him, preventing Team BDS from mounting a comeback.
NRG are slightly favored to win this matchup and progress further in the League of Legends Worlds 2023 Swiss stage with a positive record. However, MAD Lions also have a strong chance of victory, given that both teams have only won regional matchups in the event thus far. The team with a superior teamfighting composition and strategy is likely to emerge victoriously.
NRG and MAD Lions have never crossed paths in a League of Legends tournament before this matchup.
NRG’s most recent result at League of Legends Worlds 2023 was a resounding victory against regional rivals Team Liquid. Similarly, MAD Lions secured a comfortable win against their European counterparts, Team BDS.
Worlds 2023 rosters:
- Top: Niship “Dhokla” Doshi
- Jungle: Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia
- Mid: Cristian “Palafox” Palafox
- ADC: Ian “FBI” Victor Huang
- Support: Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun
- Head Coach: Thomas “Thinkcard” Slotkin
- Top: Kim “Chasy” Dong-hyeon
- Jungle: Javier “Elyoya” Prades Batalla
- Mid: Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer
- ADC: Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság
- Support: Zdravets “Hylissang” Galabov
- Head Coach: Patrick “Pad” Suckow-Breum
The League of Legends Worlds 2023 Swiss stage matchup between NRG and MAD Lions is scheduled for the following dates and times:
- PDT: October 22, 1 am
- CEST: October 22, 10 am
- IST: October 22, 1:30 pm
Fans can watch the action on Riot Games’ official channels on Twitch and YouTube. Additionally, popular co-streams by personalities like Caedrel, Broxah, Doublelift, and more are available for viewers to catch all the excitement.