Image via Riot GamesThe full series didn't even make it to two hours total. If you only joined the tournament for the exciting context surrounding this Grand Finals and felt disappointed, or if you want to rewatch some bangers while the next season doesn't arrive, we've got you covered with the 5 best games of Worlds 2023 to watch. The list isn't ranked. The games were chosen in chronological order: the sooner they happened in the tournament, the sooner they appear in the list.
Image via Games of LegendsThis looks like a classic T1 comp, until you get to the bot-lane. This was Guma's only game on Kai'sa and Keria's first and last showing on Alistar. Delight and Peyz made this game their own and Chovy outclassed Faker when laning-phase ended. This was Faker's only loss on Orianna the entire tournament and he was caught in side-lanes constantly by Delight and Chovy, diminishing the benefits of T1's early lead, until the entire game exploded in a dragon fight that sealed the match. It is a game filled with flashy plays and moments of incredible tension, it is Chovy and Delight's best game of the tournament and a glimpse of what this team could've shown throughout Worlds 2023. Above all else, though, it probably was the catalyst for the change that put T1 in the path of victory.
Image via Games of LegendsBoth teams have way too many engage tools, everyone can be blown-up and there is little to no range to work with. The LPL dream. LNG have quite a good start to this game, trading upwards at every change they get. Drakes are even and they're slightly ahead in gold. Tristana and K'Sante both scale quite comfortably and Ruler has no tools to deal with the amount of Point and Click CC that LNG have at their disposal. The issue is, JDG don't need much of an opening, all they need is an inch. When LNG slip at the third dragon, a seemingly close game that was heading one way, completely collapses and goes from even to over in a matter of 7 minutes. This was JDG's killer instinct on display and Knight's best game of Worlds 2023.
Image via Games of LegendsThey go into the second drake of the game 4-0, with Hextech Dragon and a 2k gold lead. T1 start the objective up and the entire arena goes quiet, but here's where the team transcends into an invincible titan. They force a 4v4, Oner wins the 50/50 Smite and T1 take 3 kills for 1, evening out the Drakes and nearly evaporating BLG's gold lead. The rest of the game is a masterclass from the eventual World Champions, with Keria and Oner dominating the entire map.
Image via Games of LegendsThis was the most heart-breaking and nerve-wracking game of the tournament. KT won the first game of the series and were pushing JDG to their limits. The 1# LPL seed won two games in a row, but they were extremely close affairs. For the majority of this fourth game, Silver Scrapes felt like a guarantee. A complete bloodbath of a match keeps going more and more in favor of KT. This lead peaks at 24 mins when they're 6k gold ahead, they've just forced 3 out of 5 JDG members back and they're looking at a Baron that would surely close this game out. But the 2 JDG players that stood ready to fight were about to make the third best play of the tournament. Ruler and Knight single-handedly turn the game around and crush KT's dreams, silencing the roaring crowd that had been bursting with joy just a few seconds earlier.
Image via Games of LegendsMost of T1's gold was on Keria, who was obviously not the ideal target of it. JDG were using their poke comp flawlessly, slowly but surely suffocating the life out of T1 and Oner specifically, who was at 40% health, isolated from his team, before the fight even started. And that's when he makes the best play of Worlds 2023. He flashes Missing's arrow and catches both him and Knight out in the same movement. Faker and Keria follow, the fight is over in the blink of an eye and the entire game turns in T1's favor. The gold lead was gone and the sole LCK representatives had three dragons. But, this wasn't going to be easy. T1 made their best KT impression and nearly threw the entire game around Baron, much like KT did in their 4th game against JDG. The teams kept on trading objectives and kills for the next 9 minutes. The game was sitting on a knife's edge, but that edge kept turning more and more towards JDG. Were they really about to win another game after being on the brink of defeat? And that's when Faker pulled off the second best play of Worlds 2023, catching Ruler off with an incredible Flash into Shurima-Shuffle, putting and end to the closest game of the series and taking one step closer to the inevitable hoisting of his fourth Summoner's Cup. This match was pure poetry in motion.