After a year break, the Mid-Season Invitational is finally back.

19:30, 29 Apr 2021

The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) is set to begin on May 6, ending on May 23. After completing the first half of the 2021 season, regions have decided upon and sent their sole representatives to the tournament.

After a year off due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the annual mid-year tournament and second biggest tournament of the year is finally back on the table. The tournament will be held in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. At Reykjavik, teams will compete for the ability to crown themselves as the best team in the world during the season’s halfway mark.

Regions like North America, Korea, China, Europe, Latin America, and the new Oceanic league are set to compete, as well as teams from Vietnam, Japan, Turkey, Brazil, and the PCS region. 

Teams will be playing on patch 11.9 with both Gwen and Viego disabled.

Format

A new format has been implemented for this year’s iteration of MSI, removing the play-in stage. This puts every single team on even ground, allowing all of them to immediately participate in the group stage. There will be three stages: Stage 1 (Groups), Stage 2 (Rumble), and Stage 3 (Knockout). 

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Stage 1 (Groups)

Teams are drawn into three groups based on seeding, Groups A, B, and C. Groups B and C will play in a double round-robin while Group A plays in a quadruple round-robin. Each match is a best-of-one. At the end of the round-robins the top two teams from each group advance to the second stage, Stage 2.

Stage 2 (Rumble)

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In Rumble, the six teams will play a best-of-one double round-robin, qualifying them for the Knockout stage. The top four teams move on while the bottom two are eliminated.

Stage 3 (Knockout)

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Finally, in Knockout, the four remaining teams will play in the semifinals of the tournament. They will play in a pair of best-of-five matches, winners of these matches meet in the finals. Winner of the best-of-five crowns themselves the champion and the best team in the world. 

Teams - Groups

Group A

Royal Never Give Up (LPL)

Unicorns of Love (CSI)

Pentanet.GG (LCO)

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Group B

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MAD Lions (LEC)

PSG Talon (PCS)

Istanbul Wildcats (TCL)

paiN Gaming (CBLOL)

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Group C

DWG KIA (LCK)

Cloud9 (LCS)

Infinity Esports (LLA)

DetonatioN FocusMe (LJL)

League Of Legends MSI 2021

Schedule

The group stage will start on May 6 and end on May 11. Here is the detailed schedule of each matchday.

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Thursday, May 6 (1pm BST / 9am EST)

Match #1 - DWG KIA vs Cloud9

Match #2 - Gillette Infinity vs  DetonatioN FocusMe

Match #3 - Royal Never Give up vs Pentanet.GG

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Match #4 - Pentanet.GG vs Unicorns of Love

Match #5 - fastPay Wildcats vs painN Gaming

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Match #6 MAD Lions vs PSG Talon 

Friday, May 7 (1pm BST / 9am EST)

Match #1 Pentanet.GG vs Royal Never Give Up

Match #2 Unicorns of Love vs Royal Nerver Give Up

Match #3 Gillette Infinity vs DWG KIA

Match #4 DetonatioN FocusMe vs Cloud9

Match #5 fastPay Wildcats vs MAD Lions

Match #6 paiN Gaming vs PSG Talon

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Saturday, May 8 (1pm BST / 9am EST)

Match #1 - Royal Never Give Up vs Unicorns of Love

Match #2 - Unicorns of Love vs Pentanet.GG

Match #3 - DWG Kia vs DetonatioN FocusMe

Match #4 - Cloud9 vs Gillette Infinity

Match #5 - MAD Lions vs paiN Gaming

Match #6 - PSG Talon vs fastPay Wildcats

Sunday, May 9 (1pm BST / 9am EST)

Match #1 - Unicorns of Love vs Royal Never Give Up

Match #2 - Unicorns of Love vs Pentanet.GG

Match #3 - Royal Never Give Up vs Pentanet.GG

Match #4 - Royal Never Give Up vs Unicorns of Love

Match #5 - Pentanet.GG vs Unicorns of Love

Match #6 - Pentanet.GG vs Royal Never Give Up 

Monday, May 10 (1pm BST / 9am EST)

Match #1 - MAD Lions vs fastPay Wildcats

Match #2 - PSG Talon vs paiN Gaming

Match #3 - fastPay Wildcats vs PSG Talon

Match #4 - paiN Gaming vs MAD Lions

Match #5 - paiN Gaming vs fastPay Wildcats

Match #6 - PSG Talon vs MAD Lions

Tuesday, May 11 (1pm BST / 9am EST)

Match #1 - Cloud9 vs DWG KIA

Match #2 - DetonatioN FocusMe vs Gillette Infinity

Match #3 - DWG KIA vs Gillette Infinity

Match #4 - Cloud9 vs DetonatioN FocusMe

Match #5 - DetonatioN FocusMe vs DWG KIA

Match #6 - Gillette Infinity vs Cloud9

After the group stage is concluded, teams will have a short three-day break before moving onto the knockout stage. In the knockout stage, teams will play from May 14-18. 

Once the four teams are qualified into the semifinals, there will be a brief three-day break before the pairs play on May 21 and 22 respectively, wth the finals being played on May 23.

What’s at stake

In past years’ MSI tournaments, the team who took home the championship would receive an extra amount of money. For this year’s MSI, the winner will also grant their region an extra World Championships slot. Regions like Korea, North America, Europe, and China will have a chance to taking on a fourth representative, while other regions have a chance at a second. 

 

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