2023 Avatar World Championship

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2023 Avatar World Championship
2023
Tournament information
SportAvatar
LocationLas Venturas
DatesNovember 2023–December 2023
Administrator(s)Glace
Tournament
format(s)
10 team single round robin
5 team best-of-seven elimination ladder matchups
Venue(s)Miranda Arena
Las Venturas Convention Center
Teams10
Purse10,000,000 euclos
Final positions
ChampionsE-sports Benteji
Runner-upGrupp FALKN
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The 2023 Avatar World Championship was the 2023 iteration of the Avatar World Championship, the oldest and most prestigious esports tournament for the multiplayer online battle arena game Avatar. The Avatar World Championship is run by Glace, the developers of Avatar. 2023 was the eleventh time the tournament ran.

Ten teams from around the world competed in the tournament, qualifying as the top teams from six top-level regional leagues (Asteria Inferior, Asteria Superior, the Brown Sea, East Euclea, Rahelia and West Euclea). Many teams from 2022 were present again, including first-place S5 Gaming and second-place SilverknightS. The format had each team playing each other in a single round robin, and then the top five proceeding to play best-of-sevens on an elimination ladder; the format was the same as 2022's but for allowing an additional team into the ladder stage.

An unprecedent five-way tie occurred after the round robin stage, necessitating 2 rounds of tiebreakers totalling 6 games. The finals saw E-sports Benteji beat Grupp FALKN 4-0 to win the tournament, an upset which was the first time Rahelia won the tournament. The prize pool totalled 10 million euclos, though 102.5 million euclos was disbursed owing to tied teams being granted the higher prize where no tiebreaker was subsequently played.

The tournament was hosted in Las Venturas, Rizealand from November to December. Round robin games were played in the Las Venturas Convention Centre, and best-of-sevens in the Miranda Arena. Being held in the Asterias, the tournament completes the Invictus Games-style cycling between the continents (Euclea, Coius and the Asterias) commenced in 2021.

Hosting

The Miranda Arena in Las Venturas, where the ladder stage was held

The tournament was hosted in Las Venturas, Rizealand from November to December. It was held somewhat later than usual in the year, though around the same time as the 2022 tournament which was delayed to make room for esports at the 2022 Summer Invictus Games in Verlois. Round robin games were played in the Las Venturas Convention Centre, and best-of-sevens in the Miranda Arena, which has a larger capacity. Being held in the Asterias, the tournament completed the Invictus Games-style cycling between the continents (Euclea, Coius and the Asterias) commenced in 2021.

Qualification

The three top teams from Asteria Superior and East Euclea, and the top teams from Asteria Inferior, the Brown Sea, Rahelia and West Euclea qualified, as determined by Glace. As has been common throughout the tournament's history, there was criticism of the opaque way in which the selection criteria were applied. Compared to last year, in 2023 Asteria Superior sent two more teams, and Rahelia made an appearance, while West Euclea lost a slot, and Bahia and Senria did not qualify teams at all.

In Bahia's case, the strength of Rahelia saw their being selected instead, despite the respectable Bahian performances (especially their making finals in 2021, with Mtel Lion City). There is an informal practice of having a single slot assigned to the stronger of the regions of Bahia and Rahelia.

Senria's Rikan Kaminari had also done well in coming fourth in 2022, but the decision was made based that the Asteria Superior region ought to send another team; critics alleged that this was done more for logistical or business regions, given the tournament was to be hosted in Asteria Superior, rather than for competitive ones. However, the justification was also given that Senrian teams fared poorly in trans-Lumine tournaments throughout the year, and apart from 2022, Asteria Superior has generally been in the top three (or four) competitive regions by Avatar World Championship results.

Asteria Superior was assigned only two slots, but the uncovering of West Euclea's Team Ace's cheating saw them be uninvited by Glace. Under the logistical pressures resulting from the short notice, the decision was made to offer the slot to the third placed team in Asteria Superior, the São José Vigilância of Choachua, who were able to quickly confirm they could make it, and without excessive expense.

Expectations that Shangea might mature enough as a competitive region to send a team were again not met.

Participants

Team Qualification Players Coach
Top laner Top roamer Mid laner Bot roamer Bot laner
Sainte-Chloe Imperials Esports
"Monarchs"
Asteria Inferior
2023 Champions
Sainte-Chloé tourdeforce
(Raymond Delacroix)
Île d'Émeraude pr1nceTienny
(Etienne Fenelon)
Bonaventura Ventodoro
(Giorno Giovanna)
Carucere Bònge
(Anne Gaubina)
Imagua and the Assimas LaManto
(Antelmo Mantovani)
N.A.
Octagamers Asteria Superior
2023 Champions
Rizealand Zebrass
(Fred Good)
Ansan Gomuchae
(Song Min-soo)
Rizealand SyncTwinc
(Leslie Scott)
Asterian Federative Republic Bandito89
(Diego Nunez)
Rizealand GhaillishGhoul
(Kaiden Kilmartin)
N.A.
Grupp FALKN Asteria Superior
2023 Runners-up
Eldmark OneTrickRik
(Erik Lindholm)
Eldmark Kat5Gaming
(Raul Ossler)
Eldmark GunthyWunthy
(Gunther Hansen)
Eldmark Irrelefant
(Priscilla Lund)
Eldmark Frakturkon
(Kris Nysund)
N.A.
Equipa do Esporte-Cibernético da
Universidade do Avanço Tecnológico de
São José Vigilância
Asteria Superior
2023 Wildcard
Chistovodia Txmpxst
(Yelyzaveta Boyko)
Mu
(Ines Pereira)
Ansan BR4INZZ
(Mae Park)
Chistovodia Acoustic
(Artem Neizhpapa)
Ayach
(Megan Castelhano)
N.A.
Green Ant Esports Brown Sea
2023 Champions
Dezevau ultima ratio
(Mauzena Dhomhonai)
Dezevau bijemene
(Jazengi Vidimhe)
Dezevau oignon
(Mamhe Nhidomou)
Dezevau Death
(Zuadui Jagaozadhe)
Dezevau De Dioba
(Zudhumu Nhiamhouze)
Dezevau Debi
(Debi Zugaumo)
"Les Amateurs"
Équipe de Dêport-Cyber de Rouanet
East Euclea
2023 Champions
Gaullica XaverGamer
(Xavier Boutroux)
Gaullica FlameBlaise
(Sylviane Blaise)
Hennehouwe SerChl03
(Ingrid Bouchard)
Gaullica JPLGaming
(Jean-Paul Laurens)
Gaullica xX_Stunzeed_Xx
(Antoine Gérin)
N.A.
"SilverknightS"
SwordArts Internet Gaming
East Euclea
2023 Runners-up
Amathia SilverPaladin
(Alexandru Verean)
Amathia ArkleeD
(Maria Braz)
Champania Marada
(Adam Bonnard)
Amathia ShielDCitadeL
(Andreea Marin)
Amathia Levikushi
(Denis Perenoi)
N.A.
University of Morwall Esports Club –
The Magpies
East Euclea
2023 Wildcard
Estmere dr_dooda
(John Turner)
Estmere silentsiren
(Chloë Weaver)
Estmere xX_RascaL_Xx
(Robin Scott)
Nakong maemae_
(Mae Leung)
Senria estaku
(Nakao Toyotomi)
Estmere Ed Calhoun
(zounhoun)
E-sports Benteji Rahelia
2023 Champions
Suhala Saje Ajexe
(Asaru Ardeşe)
Suhala SnakeSsandru
(Ajessandru Luçu)
Suhala p1xx0r
(Françeska Orora)
Suhala K1UTATC0M3T3Ś0R
(Dante Magnu)
Suhala Citadel
(Aframu Fejixe)
N.A.
S5 Gaming West Euclea
2023 Champions
Vars
(Aleksandre Glonti)
Kantemosha & Ambrazka delphi
(Villiam Järvenpää)
Tengaria Sagacité
(Cyriac Asotriani)
Soravia volo_city
(Valentina Voloshyn)
Laudania King_Stanis
(Stanisłaŭ Vajciuškievič)
Soravia Cheslav Ungern

Schedule

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was held on the 30th of November, with larger-than-usual gap of a few days between it and the first games. High-ranking officials from Glace opened the tournament with short remarks, along with performances by local and global dance and musical artists.

Round robin

December 5
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Monarchs Octagamers Monarchs Grupp FALKN Monarchs São José Vigilância
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Octagamers S5 Gaming Octagamers Grupp FALKN
São José Vigilância Morwall Magpies São José Vigilância E-sports Benteji Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji
Green Ant Esports SilverknightS Green Ant Esports Morwall Magpies Les Amateurs Morwall Magpies
Les Amateurs S5 Gaming Les Amateurs SilverknightS SilverknightS S5 Gaming
December 9
Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
Monarchs Green Ant Esports Monarchs Les Amateurs Monarchs SilverknightS
Octagamers São José Vigilância Octagamers Green Ant Esports Octagamers Les Amateurs
Grupp FALKN S5 Gaming Grupp FALKN São José Vigilância Grupp FALKN Green Ant Esports
Les Amateurs E-sports Benteji SilverknightS E-sports Benteji São José Vigilância S5 Gaming
SilverknightS Morwall Magpies Morwall Magpies S5 Gaming Morwall Magpies E-sports Benteji
December 13
Round 7 Round 8 Round 9
Monarchs Morwall Magpies Monarchs E-sports Benteji Monarchs S5 Gaming
Octagamers SilverknightS Octagamers Morwall Magpies Octagamers E-sports Benteji
Grupp FALKN Les Amateurs Grupp FALKN SilverknightS Grupp FALKN Morwall Magpies
São José Vigilância Green Ant Esports São José Vigilância Les Amateurs São José Vigilância SilverknightS
E-sports Benteji S5 Gaming Green Ant Esports S5 Gaming Green Ant Esports Les Amateurs

Tiebreakers

December 13
Round 1 Round 2
Monarchs Grupp FALKN Monarchs S5 Gaming
Monarchs E-sports Benteji
Grupp FALKN Les Amateurs
Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
E-sports Benteji S5 Gaming

Eighth-finals

Upper eighth-final Lower eighth-final
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji Les Amateurs S5 Gaming
4 3 3 4

Quarter-finals

Upper eighth-final Lower eighth-final
Grupp FALKN Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji S5 Gaming
Grupp FALKN Green Ant Esports N.A. N.A.
Grupp FALKN Green Ant Esports N.A. N.A.
N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
4 2 4 0

Semi-finals

Semi-final
Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji
Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji
Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji
Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji
Green Ant Esports E-sports Benteji
N.A. N.A.
N.A. N.A.
1 4

Grand finals

Grand final
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji
Grupp FALKN E-sports Benteji
N.A. N.A.
N.A. N.A.
N.A. N.A.
0 4

Results

Place Region Team Round robin Tiebreakers Eighths Quarters Semis Finals Prize (%) Prize (Euclos)
1st Rahelia E-sports Benteji 5-4 2-0 3-4 4-0 4-1 4-0 26.25% €2,625,000
2nd Asteria Superior Grupp FALKN 5-4 2-0 4-3 4-2 Bye 0-4 20% €2,000,000
3rd Brown Sea Green Ant Esports 6-3 Bye Bye 2-4 1-4 15% €1,500,000
4th West Euclea S5 Gaming 5-4 1-2 4-3 0-4 11.25% €1,125,000
5th East Euclea Les Amateurs 5-4 1-1 3-4 8.75% €875,000
6th Asteria Inferior Sainte-Chloé Monarchs 5-4 0-3 6.25% €625,000
7th Asteria Superior Octagamers 4-5 5% €500,000
East Euclea SilverknightS 4-5
9th Asteria Superior São José Vigilância 3-6 2.5% €250,000
East Euclea Morwall Magpies 3-6

Note that the higher amount was disbursed where there were draws (i.e. the teams drawn at 7th both received the prize for 7th place, and nobody received the lesser 8th place prize), so that the total amount disbursed was 102.5% of the originally planned prize pool.

Analysis

Analysts observed that a slower, more deliberate style of play prevailed than in the previous few world tournaments, reflecting trends around the world which had picked up pace especially after the introduction of Stane. This saw shifts in the relative strength of regions, including a rise in the fortunes of the Brown Sea (which typically played much more for the late game) and a fall in those of faster teams like those from Senria and Euclea.

Reception was generally positive towards the fact that games were less onesided, and were not decided from very early on as much.

Media

The 2023 Avatar World Championship broadcasts were streamed live online, shown live in some physical locations and on some television channels, as well as recorded and made available on the Internet. Different and independent official broadcasts existed for each of the languages of Estmerish, Gaullican, Luzelese, Rahelian, Senrian, Shangean, Soravian, Weranian and Ziba; casters, interviewers, analysts, writers and other staff were brought in from the regional leagues around the world to produce the broadcasts. 2023 was the first year Rahelian was an official broadcast language, while Vespasian was been removed since 2022, owing to adverse commercial conditions.

Glace maintains all relevant intellectual property rights in the broadcast; it does not allow unauthorised reproduction of the live broadcast, but does allow private recordings to be uploaded after the fact. Its justification for this policy is that its media strategy focuses on exclusive maintenance and editorial control of the narrative and image of the tournament while it is ongoing, but after the event, it promotes wider ongoing dissemination and presence in the community.

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