At the end of the first split of the League of Legends season is the Mid-Season Invitational, a tournament that takes place in late April to May where the top teams of each region compete not only for a cash prize but also for global ranking.
As many as 13 regions are represented in this tournament, with the powerhouses of North America, Europe, China and Korea always prominent. Southeast Asia is also well represented, while teams from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Russia, Taiwan and Turkey complete the picture.
Depending on the results for the past couple years, Riot Games will decide which teams are automatically seeded and which teams will have to go through a play-in stage to book a spot in the main event.
Who will make it to the 2023 Mid-Season Invitational?
The MSI usually features 13 teams in total, with the top eight progressing to the main event. The reigning champions from the three highest-ranked leagues – usually China, Korea and Europe – earn direct passage to the group stage, while the top sides from the lower-ranked regions must play off for a spot in the final eight.
How to bet on the MSI 2023
The 2023 Mid-Season Invitational will again pit the best League of Legends regions around the world against each other. As with all the big eSports events there is an abundance of markets available to bet on in the lead-up and even more markets in the hours before. The following table is geo-targeted to only show sports betting sites you are eligible to sign up at. A few of our personal LoL bet sites are BetOnline.ag, Bet365 and Betway.
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Regions represented in MSI tournaments
The Mid-Season Invitational features some of the leading LoL teams from all over the world.
The regions that will be represented at MSI 2023 include:
- North America (LCS)
- Europe (LEC)
- Korea (LCK)
- China (LPL)
- Vietnam (VCS)
- Latin America (LLA)
- Japan (LJL)
- Brazil (CBLOL)
- Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau (PCS)
MSI tournament structure
- LCK, LPL, LEC and LCS will have two qualification slots, while PCS, VCS, LJL, CBLoL, LLA will have one qualification slot
- Each winner from LCK, LPL, LEC (only in Spring), LCS and runner from LCK (awarded by winning Worlds 2022) will start from the Playoffs, while the others start from Play-In
- Double-elimination bracket
- All matches (excluding Lower Bracket Final) are played in a best-of-three, Lower Final is played in best-of-five
- Top three teams qualify for Playoffs
- Three teams from Play-In stage join five teams with direct entry
- Double-elimination bracket
- All matches are best-of-five
League of Legends MSI prize money
The distribution of the prize pool has changed slightly each year depending on the number of teams participating and the structure of the tournament. This is how is the US $250,000 kitty was doled out at MSI 2022:
|Position||Percentage share||Min prize (USD)|
Regardless of the outcome for each team, there will be a minimum prize for each participant. These numbers are the bare minimum that each position will receive and are usually bolstered by the sale of a specially made skin for the event. In 2019, the initial $1 million prize pool was supplemented by 25 per cent of the revenue from sales of Conqueror skins.
This tournament is significant for global ranking as well. The top four teams from the MSI will have no.1 seeds for the four main groups at the LoL World Championship later in the year. In addition, the highest-ranking team from the eight teams in the MSI play-in group stage will secure a spot in the main group stage at that year’s LoL Worlds. MSI can be a tournament for an undiscovered region to finally be in the limelight and then continue that streak through international success.
When is the LoL Mid-Season Invitational?
The Mid-Season Invitational usually commences in the last week of April or the first week of May. The tournament is played in three phases – play-ins, group stage and knockout rounds – and runs for a little over two weeks in total.
2022 MSI results
After taking out the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, Royal Never Give Up went back-to-back after defeating T1 in a thrilling 3-2 series win in the 2022 MSI grand final. Yan “Wei” Yangwei was awarded the MSI MVP thanks to his very consistent tournament, despite not being awarded a series MVP.
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