Clash is an in-game tournament in League of Legends where players team up as five and take on other teams of their same skill level.


When Is the League of Legends Clash Tournament Starting in 2023?

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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Clash is an in-game tournament in League of Legends where players team up as five and take on other teams of their same skill level.
Riot Games gave an update on why Clash has been delayed this year.

Update: Clash 2023 Split 1 Schedule revealed

League of Legends Clash 2023 had a minor hiccup at the start of the season with Riot Games suffering a social engineering attack that affected many of the game’s features and schedules. However, Riot assured that it was working swiftly to resume Clash tournaments which usually begin in February. First, in the LoL Patch 13.4 notes, the company introduced the first Clash tournament of 2023: the Bilgewater Cup’s schedule.

Following this, now we have the full schedule for League of Legends Clash 2023 Split 1. They are as follows:

Notably, Clash is finally available for South East Asia (SEA). In celebration of the launch of Clash 2023 in Southeast Asia, Riot Games is giving players a free basic entry ticket for the tournament. To get this free ticket, all players need to do is log into their SEA account between 25th February and 28th March. This ticket can be used for any of the upcoming tournaments, noted Riot Games.

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[3rd February] League of Legends Clash is a monthly tournament organized by Riot Games that allows players to team up as five and compete against other teams of the same skill level. Players start by forming teams, scouting for players, and the matches take place on weekends. Every Clash tournament in a season has a unique title like the Ionia Cup or the Piltover Cup. In 2022, players were also treated to an exclusive All Random All Mid (ARAM) Clash on the Howling Abyss, taking Clash expectations to a new level. 

However, nearly a month into Season 13, Riot Games is yet to release the official Clash schedule for 2023. Players have been asking Riot Games to share updates about this on social media. The good news is that players can breathe a sigh of relief since Clash may go live on the first weekend of March. Here’s all we know about Clash in 2023 and why there is a delay this year.

Clash in 2023: All we know so far

On 2nd February, one Redditor posted, “So, what happened to Clash?” on the League of Legends subreddit. The user stated that the last Clash was around Worlds 2022 and that players only had the opportunity to play “(compared to SR) uncompetitive ARAM clash.” They added that they have a group of friends who really enjoy competing as a team of five and asked for an update. 

Last month, Riot Games confirmed that the systems in its development environment were compromised via a social engineering attack. Following this, the company revealed that it received a ransom email. Though Riot did not pay, the attack disrupted its build environment and the company noted that this could cause issues in the future. 

Commenting on the Reddit post about the Clash announcement, Riot Games' global community manager and patch notes author Lilu “Riot Riru” Cabreros stated that the developers are still working to understand the implications of the social engineering attack on Clash tournament dates. 

Riot Riru said, “We have an official update coming in the patch notes in a few days which is typically the best way to share news like this with players everywhere. All of that said, I literally just got word that we might be able to hit the first weekend of March, but honestly, that’s not even 100% so please don’t hold this information against us.” The Rioter promised to give the actual dates as soon as the team is confident. 

Notably, last year, the first Clash tournament – the Ionia Cup – took place on 19th and 20th February 2022. Once Riot Games confirms the dates for Clash 2023, players will also have a clear-cut idea of rewards and prizes.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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