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The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony

A medley of some of the most inspiring moments in League of Legends esports.

One thing that every League of Legends fan looks forward to during the World Championships is their grand finals opening ceremony, which promised to be insane this year with performances from NewJeans, HEARTSTEEL, and more.

It was also a performance that called back to some of League Esports’ most iconic moments. A journey that would lead all the way to T1 and Weibo Gaming’s final showdown.

Where legends are made

We start with a video starring a young protagonist who suddenly finds a mysterious portal outside his home. Within it, we see brief dramatic moments of Worlds past and our protagonist decides he wants to be there.

What follows is some melodramatic action where our protagonist struggles to reach a portal that couldn’t be more than a few meters away. All the while we hear the Worlds 2017 anthem, Legends Never Die, punctuating every moment. 

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
Things get serious for our protagonist. (Image from League of Legends)

It makes for an oddly intense moment as every pro player dreams of making it to Worlds. Likewise, they know the kind of hard work and sacrifice it takes to make it there. That is what our protagonist is emulating and with enough drive, he makes it to the Worlds stage.

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
Welcome to the Worlds 2023 main stage. (Image from League of Legends)
Breaking through and breaking hearts

Livening up the stage after that ordeal was a performance by League’s newest music group, HEARTSTEEL. Contributing artists ØZI, tobi lou, Cal Scrubby, and Baekhyun of EXO wowed the crowd by playing the group’s breakout single PARANOIA

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
HEARTSTEEL performs at the League of Legends Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony at Gocheok Sky Dome. From left to right, Baekhyun of EXO, tobi lou, ØZI, and Cal Scrubby. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

Developers Riot Games have made it a point to produce a new musical single every other year. They went the extra mile for HEARTSTEEL however, getting some incredibly talented artists to make their most popular group yet.

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
Baekhyun of EXO makes the crowd go wild at the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony. (Photo by Tina Jo/Riot Games)

Beyond the music, audiences were also treated to a visual show by the band members on the big screen. They even had the whole band out on the stage using AR to really push the boundaries of the performance. 

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
Baekhyun of EXO and his HEARTSTEEL counterpart Ezreal strike a pose. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
Rising to the top

Next, we were treated to a surprise performance by Mako and Telle of the 2018 Worlds Anthem, RISE

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
Singer Mako performs at the League of Legends Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

As one of the most popular Worlds anthems, RISE tells the story of Kang “Ambition” Chang-yong and his journey to becoming the 2017 world champion with Samsung Galaxy. It’s a truly inspiring story and one that highlights the strength and perseverance needed to become a champion.

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
Singers Telle (left) and Mako (right) pose with our plucky protagonist. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
Gods take to the stage

And finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for as NewJeans arrived at the Worlds opening ceremony to perform this year’s anthem, GODS

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
NewJeans performs at the League of Legends Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

Not much more needs to be said as the group’s music fully captures the stakes being played for. On one side, Weibo is playing for the right to carve their names into League of Legends history. On the other, T1 are playing to secure their legacy as the best team in the world with a fourth championship.

The Most Epic Moments from the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony
T1 and Weibo Gaming take to the stage with NewJeans during the Worlds 2023 Opening Ceremony. (Photo by Christina Oh/Riot Games)

You can rewatch the full Worlds opening ceremony with NewJeans, HEARTSTEEL, and company here.

Banner photo by Liu YiCun/Riot Games.


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