The newest anthem of the League of Legends World Championship, Lil Nas X’s “STAR WALKIN'” debuted on September 22nd.
As with previous anthems, the song was accompanied by an animated music video. In it, pro players like Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in and Marek “Humanoid” Brázda take to the streets of San Francisco, where the finals of Worlds 2022 will be held.
STAR WALKIN HAS BEEN ON REPEAT SINCE RELEASE pic.twitter.com/tDFtc1hfdU
— Marius 💜 STAR IS OUT NOW 💫 (@nasmarianax) 09/22/2022
Me in class streaming star walkin pic.twitter.com/ewX6Srvz7W
— pranto (@notpranto) 09/22/2022
Comments and tweets were quick to point out the unfortunate attention drawn to CoreJJ not attending Worlds as Team Liquid failed to qualify. This isn’t the first time a Worlds anthem music video has featured a player who wouldn’t go to Worlds; These glitches occasionally occur when production of the music video begins long before World Cup Qualification.
As a reminder for people wondering why CoreJJ was featured in STAR WALKIN’ – work on these types of videos started MANY months ago.
They should have picked the NA rep earlier in the year, and TL really seemed to create worlds when the roster was being formed.#Worlds2022
— Isaac CB (@AzaelOfficial) 09/22/2022
When it comes to criticism of the song itself, the main point of discussion has been the fact that “STAR WALKIN'” Not “feel” like a world anthem. While most listeners wouldn’t dismiss the song, some say it feels more like a Lil Nas X song and less like a Worlds song.
The Anthems of Past Worlds have received much praise for being that “hype” Song that initiates the tournament and gives momentum to the first games. Some have said that “STAR WALKIN'” stops. While it’s a good song, it doesn’t build anticipation for the games.
Okay, Star Walkin’ is a good song, but it’s a terrible world song, man
— nik (@nikisundefined) 09/22/2022
This year’s Worlds song didn’t hype me as usual 🥲
– Marcin Jankowski (@G2Jankos) 09/22/2022
I won’t pretend to be a musical genius. But to me it feels like a lil nas x banger but not a world song.
I’m a fan of orchestral music mixed with screams that builds into a heavy hitter drop, kind of music for worlds.
I didn’t like storytelling
— Mikkel “Guldborg” Guldborg (@GuldborgReal) 09/22/2022
The song has just been released and likely the discourse will change when the tournament begins. Lil Nas X’s live performance of “STAR WALKIN'” can also change attitudes toward the song depending on how it’s recorded.
One thing is for sure, the release of the song has already led to heaps memes created by the community to celebrate the latest world anthem.
star on foot pic.twitter.com/c6U7mtpyMq
— League_Italia (@league_italia) 09/22/2022