Worlds began on October 2nd, with a play in stage that would decide which team would play in which Group. 24 teams from all the regions that League of Legends could be played in sent in their best teams to compete for the Summoner’s Cup. Traditionally, Riot Games would collaborate with big artists to decide on the anthem for that year. Imagine Dragons wrote and made “Warrior” in 2014, followed by others such as Zedd, Against the Current, and Mako. The anthem would be released a few days before the tournament even started in order to build up hype, but this year, the song came out much later than that.
“Phoenix,” which featured Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza, raises the stakes. In the music video, it shows off Irelia, Karma, and Lissandra fighting a reflection of themselves, but they are more corrupt and fierce. It also follows three of the top players that are competing in the tournament this year. Song ‘Rookie‘ Eui-jin from Invictus Gaming, Lee ‘Faker‘ Song-hyeok from SKT, and Rasmus ‘Caps‘ Winther from G2. All three of these players are very strong players from their respective regions, who will have hundreds of thousands of fans rooting for each of them. But they have all faced their own demons and backlash and now have to prove themselves worthy of earning the Summoner’s Cup.
It’s definitely an inspirational song with stunning visuals, which blend gorgeous animation with jaw-dropping cinematography. Overall, this year’s Worlds anthem will bring a lot of hype.
Worlds begins again this Saturday, with SKT against Fnatic at 8am Eastern. If you want the rest of the schedule, take a look here.