Wild Rift Ionia Invitational Cup 2023: Teams, Format, Prize Pool, and More

The second installment of the off-season invitational is here!

After the successful commencement of the Ionia Cup 2022, League of Legends Wild Rift is moving forward to host its second installment in 2023. Wild Rift Ionia Invitational Cup 2023 was announced earlier and the event is scheduled to start on the 28th of August 2023. Riot Games and TJ Sports are jointly organizing the tournament, featuring WRL Asia and Influencer teams. The event will share a whopping sum of ¥1,000,000 (approximately $140,000) as the prize pool.

Wild Rift Ionia Invitational Cup 2023: Schedule and Format

The esports event follows a different format system where mixed teams comprised of WRL Asia and Influencers will participate and face each other. From the 28th of August, the WRL CN Qualifier Stage will kick off. The final qualifier will commence for two days, the 2nd and 3rd of September. Lastly, the event will close its run after commencing the grand finals from the 8th of September to the 10th.

In the qualifier stage of Wild Rift Ionia Invitational Cup 2023, the 12 teams are divided into two groups of 6 teams each and they’ll play a single round-robin B01 match. The top two teams of each group will face each other and winners of the two matches will advance to the next stage. The determiner matches will be a B07.

Matches will be held in a double-elimination bracket format, followed by B03 matches except on day 3. WRL CN will face the teams from WRL APAC while the BR/APAC Influencer team will stand against the CN Influencer Team. Moving to the lower bracket finals and the grand finals, the matches will be BO5 and face-offs will be the same as the previous round.

Participant Teams

Wild Rift Ionia Invitational Cup 2023 participant teams
Image via Riot Games

The WRL CN Qualifie Stage will feature 12 teams and the top two will join the other two pro teams (invited) in the finals. A total of 8 teams including the four influencer teams will, then, participate in the finals. The participant teams in the Wild Rift Ionia Invitational Cup 2023 are as follows.

Prize Pool

The event will feature a total of ¥1,000,000 (approximately $140,000) as the prize pool. Teams will share the prize in the following manner.

Team RankingPrize Pool (Approx in $)
The Champion¥600,000 ($84,000)
2nd¥200,000 ($28,000)
3rd¥100,000 ($14,000)
4th¥100,000 ($14,000)

The participant teams are some of the most fierce faces in the Wild Rift Esports world. KeepBest Gaming is the winner of WRL Asia 2023 Season 1 on one hand, Nova Esports is the winner of the Wild Rift Icons Championship on the other. Besides, the lucrative prize money will play a vital role in influencing the teams to follow a more aggressive or strategic or maybe even both styles of gameplay. With this off-season event ahead, the fans will be pleased to watch some intense MOBA action in front of them.

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