League of Legends Esports Returns to Thailand With Reignite Open 2023
Riot Games surprised League of Legends fans in the Southeast Asian (SEA) by announcing a new open tournament in Thailand. Dubbed the League of Legends: Reignite Open Tournament. This marks the return of official League of Legends esports in Thailand. Notably, the Reignite open is hosting two qualifiers for a final 8-team online tournament.
It is also open to both pros and amateurs and Riot Games confirmed that over 256 teams will be competing for prize money worth over 250,000 baht.
Reignite Open Tournament 2023 Details
Firstly, Riot Games is accepting applications from teams interested in participating in the League of Legends: Reignite Open Tournament and it's online qualifiers.
The applications for the first qualifying round are currently being accepted and the last date to submit it is on 29th November. Meanwhile, the entries for the second qualifying round will be collected between 8th and 10th December 2023.
Qualifying Round Group 1 (Qualifier 1)
Competition day: 1st to 3rd December 2023 (Friday – Sunday)
Qualifying round group 2 (Qualifier 2)
Competition day: 8th to 10th December (Friday – Sunday)
Playoff round (Playoffs)
Competition day: 14th to 17th December 2023 (Thursday – Sunday)
Riot Games noted that the participating teams will be divided into two groups to compete in the 1st and 2nd qualifying rounds in a single-elimination bracket format to select the top two teams in each round to compete in the Playoffs. Following this, the winner of the Reignite Open 2023 will be crowned.
The format is very straightforward and simple:
Seeding is based on qualifier results
All matches are best-of-three (BO3) except for Bo5 grand finals
It will be very interesting to see how many teams sign up for this official event and how the two qualifiers and the main event pan out. If the Reignite Open 2023 becomes a huge hit, we could possibly see Riot Games invest more in the SEA League of Legends scene with many more Tier 2 tournaments and online competitions to keep the playerbase excited and engaged.
Earlier last week, between 3rd and 5th November, Riot Games hosted the Empyrean Cup. This marked the return of official League of Legends esports in the Philippines. The final 8-team LAN tournament was hosted at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City and team Guardians Hive won the Empyrean Cup.
Notably, in the Tier 1 scene, Riot Games announced the merging of the LoL Master Series (LMS) and LoL SEA Tour (LST) in September 2019 to form the Pacific Championship Series (PCS).