At the end of the first split of League of Legends is the Mid-Season Invitational, a tournament 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.
Who will make it to the 2019 Mid Season Invitational?
This year, six teams will take part in the main event. Three teams from the major regions (China, Korea and Europe) will go straight into the group stage, while two more will be seeded in the play-in finals. The remaining eight invitees must navigate the play-in group stage and the knockouts to reach the main draw.
Group stage seeds
G2 Esports – LEC Spring champions
Invictus Gaming – LPL Spring champions
SK Telecom T1 – LCK Spring champions
Play-in knockout seeds
Flash Wolves – LMS Spring champions
Team Liquid – LEC Spring champions
Play-in group stage
1907 Fenerbahçe Esports – TCL Winter champions
Bombers – OPL Split 1 champions
DetonatioN FocusMe – LJL Spring champions
INTZ eSports – CBLOL Summer champions
Isurus Gaming – LLA Opening champions
MEGA Esports – LST Spring champions
Phong Vũ Buffalo – VCS Spring champions
Vega Squadron – LCL Spring champions
How to bet on the MSI 2019
The MSI 2019 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, ArcaneBet.com and Betway.
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LoL Mid-Season Invitational odds
-227.27 – Invictus Gaming
+225 – SK Telecom T1
+1100 – G2 Esports
+6600 – Team Liquid
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Regions represented in MSI 2019
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)
Rankings within the pseudo gauntlet are determined by how the regional champions performed on the domestic and international stages. 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 two top teams will be placed in the play-in stage, where only three teams will advance to the main 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 two vacant slots for the play-in stage are decided by an eight-team qualifying stage, where the regions below the top five play off. The regions that are usually the top five are NA, CN, KR, EU and LMS, which means the eight teams that are in the qualifying stage usually consist of teams from places like Oceania, Southeast Asia and South America.
League of Legends MSI prize money
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?
The play-in group stage for MSI 2019 is schedule to commence on May 1. The play-in knockout rounds will take place on May 6 and May 7, with the main event to start May 10. The tournament will conclude with a best-of-five finals series on May 19.
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.