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League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2018 Preview


25 April 2018 14:04

The Mid-Season Invitational sees fourteen of the finest League of Legends outfits descend on Europe for the first time in the tournament’s history. Teams will battle it out from Thursday 3rd May until Monday 21st May at the first global event of the year to determine who will be crowned the winner. eSports.co.uk have previewed all the action below.

What Is The Format?

There’s two different sections to MSI 2018. There’s initial play-in and group stages held at EU LCS Studios in Berlin, Germany, from 3rd May until 15th May. Attention then turns to the knockout stage main event at La Villette in Paris, France, where the semi and grand finals will be contested. The prize pool for MSI 2018 is yet to be confirmed.

There’s one representative from each LoL professional league taking part at MSI 2018, and final standings will contribute towards the regional seeds for the Worlds 2018 later on this year. Teams from Korean, Chinese, European and North American regions are all entering MSI 2018 directly at the main event stage, whilst teams from all other regions must qualify through the play-in stage. All sides have been seeded based on their performances in the MSI and Worlds over the past two years.

How Are The Teams Split?

The fourteen competing teams are shown below, along with what stage they are entering the field and their respective region:

Seeded into Play-In Groups

Group A

  • Rainbow7, Latin America North
  • Gambit Esports, Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Kaos Latin Gamers, Latin America South
  • Ascension Gaming, South-East Asia

Group B

  • KaBuM! e-Sports, Brazil
  • BAUSuperMassive eSports, Turkey
  • Dire Wolves, Oceania
  • PENTAGRAM, Japan

Seeded into Play-In Knockout Stage

  • EVOS Esports, Vietnam
  • Flash Wolves, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao

Seeded into Group Stage

  • Fnatic, Europe
  • Team Liquid, North America
  • KING-ZONE DragonX, Korea
  • EDward Gaming or Royal Never Give Up, China*

*EDward Gaming and Royal Never Give Up are still competing in regional championships, with both still able to qualify for the event.

Who Triumphed In Previous Years?

Since MSI began in 2015, Korea’s SK Telecom T1 have been a prominent name in all three tournaments, winning it twice and also finishing as runners-up. Chinese outfit EDward Gaming went all the way in the inaugural 2015 tournament in Tallahassee, claiming $100,000 and 1st place after seeing off SK Telecom T1 3-2 in the best-of-five grand final.

SK Telecom T1 then learnt from their shortcomings that year, going one better in both 2016 and 2017. They won their 2016 grand final in in Shanghai in convincing fashion with a 3-0 victory over Counter Logic Gaming, whilst they saw off G2 Esports 3-1 in 2017’s showpiece match in Rio de Janerio.

However, SK Telecom T1 aren’t competing in 2018 to defend their title so there will be a new name on the trophy for the first time in three years. Jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, formerly of SKT, was named MVP in last year’s MSI after several eye-catching displays, and he will be looking to repeat his strong performance this year with his new team, KING-ZONE DragonX.

What Next?

Following the conclusion of MSI 2018, there’s still plenty of action for LoL fans to get excited about. Rift Rivals 2018 gets underway in July, with the 2018 World Championships then taking centre stage in South Korea, before the year rounds off in December with the All-Star Event in North America.

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Updated on: 2018-04-25

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