At the end of the first split of League of Legends 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 most popular regions being North America, Europe, China, Korea and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau.
Depending on the results for the past couple years, Riot will decide which teams are automatically seeded and which teams will have to go to a play-in stage in order to compete on the big stage.
How to bet on the MSI 2018
The MSI 2018 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-targed to only show sports betting sites you are eligible to sign up at. A few of our personal LoL bet sites are BetOnline.ag, ArcaneBet.com and Betway.
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League Of Legends Mid-Season Invitational Odds
There is no odds released for the 2018 edition of the Mid-Season Invitational released yet, with the Championship Series still underway around the world. Expect markets to appear when invitations are sent out for the tournament.
Regions represented in MSI 2018
In the past, thirteen regions were represented. These regions were:
- North America (NA)
- Europe (EU)
- Korea (KR)
- China (CN)
- Latin America – North (LAN)
- Latin America – South (LAS)
- Commonwealth of Independent States – CIS
- Japan (JPN)
- Oceania (OCE)
- Southeast Asia (SEA)
- Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau (LMS)
- Brazil (BR)
Depending on how the competing regions competed internationally as well as domestically, their rankings within the pseudo gauntlet are determined. The top three regions from this result will be placed in the main tournament six team bracket.
This part is when it gets tricky – the next 2 top teams will be placed in the four team play in stage, where only three teams will advance to the main six team bracket. The three teams that are decided are the top two teams from this group and a losers match from the bottom two teams from this group.
The twp vacant slots from the play in stage are decided by an eight team qualifying stage, where the regions below the top five play for the two slots for the play in stage. The regions that are usually the top five are NA, CN, KR, EU and LMS, which means the eight eight teams that are in the qualifying stage usually consist of the other teams listed above.
In terms of prize pool, the divisions are listed below:
|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. The former line of skins were called “Championship” skins but Riot has since released the new line of “Conqueror” skins, where 25 per cent of the revenue for the skins will be added to the pot.
This tournament is significant for global ranking as well. The top four teams from MSI will have number 1 seeds for the four main groups at the world tournament that begins around September. In addition, the highest ranking team from the eight teams in the qualifying stage will secure a spot in the main group stage as well. 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 LCS Mid-Season Invitational?
Dates for the 2018 edition are yet to be released, bookmark this page and we’ll update it when they are announced.
The 2017 MSI results
In the 2017 MSI, NA’s Team SoloMid and LMS’ Flash Wolves were in the play in group, with TUR’s SuperMassive Esports and SEA’s Gigabyte Marines challenging them for the main spots in the 6 team main tournament. SME was eliminated, and after the round robin group stage, the top four teams were SKT T1 from KR, G2 from EU, FW from LMS and WE from CN. SKT T1 emerged victorious over G2 Esports and received just over $670,000 USD as a result. All four semifinalists secured a group stage spot in the 2017 Worlds tournament as well, with Gigabyte Marines between the most surprising standout of all the qualifier teams.