As a long-time League of Legends fan, I’ve adopted the sport’s esports scene for years. It’s been a scorching minute since I adopted the ins and outs of aggressive play, however there’s a yearly spotlight I all the time be sure to catch: the yearly Worlds anthem. Final yr’s music was “Star Walkin’” by Lil Nas X, which is hard to prime, however NewJeans could have pulled it off with this yr’s “Gods.”
Gods has a pleasant sense of escalation to it, and the refrain hits a terrific steadiness between being catchy and provoking. The tempo of the music additionally goes properly with the video, and it’s nice to see so many characters utilizing the long-lasting instruments of their favourite champions, whether or not that be Jayce’s Mercury Hammer, Braum’s big defend, or Syndra’s glowing orbs of destruction.
Worlds is the yr’s greatest event, the place groups from each area on this planet come collectively in a multi-week event that performs out throughout a number of phases. It’s thought-about probably the most prestigious prize in all of League of Legends. This yr’s event will probably be held in South Korea.
Each anthem is accompanied by an animated video, which units the scene for the event to come back. This yr, we’ve been handled to a stunning cinematic telling the story of varied esports stars and their journey via the 2022 esports circuit. The story is informed via motion sequences, the place the gamers take up the instruments of their champion of alternative.
This yr’s video was created with Psyop, a studio behind a number of different animated cinematics and the Useless by Daylight. Every scene correlates with earlier tournaments and occasions, largely centered round probably the most profitable and well-known gamers from Korea — Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu.
Worlds 2023 begins on Oct. 10 and can run via to the finals on Nov. 19.