Riot Games will be organising a premier League of Legends tournament that kicks off in Vietnam and ends in Taiwan. The LOL esports event will take place between 1st May till 19th May that will feature 14 professional teams competing for a prize pool of $1 million.
What is the Mid-Season Invitational 2019?
The Mid Season Invitational, also known as MSI, in short, is an international League of Legends gaming event. The LOL season begins with the Spring Split where the winning teams from 13 participating regions get to compete for the MSI title. The LOL event has become one of the awaited tournaments in esports, which gives an overview of how teams are faring in preparation for the Worlds Championship towards the end of the year.
History of the Mid-Season Invitational LOL Event
The first MSI event kick-started in 2015 in Tallahassee Florida. From then on, the LOL event took place in China in 2016, South America in Brazil 2017 and Europe region in France and Germany in 2018.
The Mid-Season Invitational 2016, many League of legends fans watched SKT defeat Counter Logic Gaming with a remarkable score of 3-0 in the finals. The record at the time reached over 6 million viewers online watching the legendary Leagues.
In the MSI 2017, over 2.5 million esports fans witnessed the live streaming, how SK Telecom won over G2 esports in the Grand Finals, scoring an incredible 3-1. Another record worth noting is that SKT won the premier title for the second time and took home the first cash prize of $676K. There were 364 million esports fans watched the entire esports event while 4.3 million viewers tuned in at peak times.
Mid-Season Invitational 2018 LOL event hosted in Berlin and Paris. The finalists revealed Royal Never Give Up with star player Uzi who looked invincible in the semifinals competing against Fnatic. Meanwhile, Kingzone DragonX managed to defeat Flash Wolves who struggled in the beginning and then picked up their lead late in the game. The Grand Finals saw RNG outplay Kingzone DragonX 3-1, taking home the first prize of $527K.
Mid-Season Invitational 2019 Tournament Format
The Spring Playoffs 2019 will feature the best esports teams competing in different regions that will determine which squads will participate at the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2019. For more information about the upcoming LOL tournament, stay tuned to this page and Esports News section.
Much like last year and the seasons before, the Mid Season Invitational will kick off with the Play-Ins in Hanoi that will begin from the 1st until 7th May. The smaller professional teams get to compete for their spot in the International main event. The lucky squads proceed to fight in the Group Stage on the 10th until 14th May in Ho Chi Minh City.
The best League of Legends teams will get to go head to head in the Knockout stage Playoffs between the 17 until 19 May in Taipei. The best strategies and game plays will play out against the toughest of teams, who will face off each other in the hopes of making it to the Mid-Season Invitational Grand Final to be the next crowned LOL champions.
Top LOL Teams at Mid-Season Invitational 2019
Over the past year, Invictus Gaming has had quite a journey to be where they are today among the top five LOL teams in the world. Their great successes include NEST 2017, Rift Rivals 2018: LCK vs LPL vs LMS, The Premier 2018 World Championship, Demacia Cup Winter 2018. Their recent wins contributed to their fight for their place, confirming their spot at the Mid-Season Invitational 2019 defeating JD Gaming with an incredible score 3:1. What do the invincible Invictus gamers have in store for their opponents?
Ever since the Korean team SKT established itself, the players have done well for themselves and gained the gaming experience through the years. However, last year SK Telecom took a turn for the worse; they did not meet the high expectations that their fans had in them. The squad seemed to have taken a step back on purpose perhaps to allow other teams to win. Maybe due to the roster changes through 2018, this affected their performance. Now that SKT has proved they are the best in their region at the LCK Spring, did they find the right combination of players for the Mid-Season Invitational 2019?
Team Liquid have improved their rankings over the past two years making their presence felt in the qualifying matches of the NA LCS Spring and Summer tournaments in 2017. The following year, Liquid beat the likes of 100 thieves with an incredible win 3:1 at the NA LCS Spring 2018. Another great accomplishment worth noting was finishing second in the Rift Rivals 2018 NA vs EU, on top of this was the premier NA LCS Summer 2018 beating Cloud 9 with 3-0. Overall, their performance is not as consistent as fans hope. On the other hand, Liquid has proved otherwise showing they are the best in the LCS Spring 2019, acquiring their spot at MSI 2019.
The best LOL team in the EU region have to be G2 Esports. Placing among the world’s top 20 teams, they have had quite a journey to be where they are today. Consistently performing in 2017 finishing in second at premier matches such as IEM Season XI in Katowice, the Mid Season Invitational 2017 and Rift Rivals: NA vs EU. G2 Esports has proven to be more successful the following year ranking among the top six rankings in tournaments. Their surprising wins in 2018 worth a mention are the Rift Rivals: NA vs EU and EU LCS Regional Finals 2018. This match proved their potential just before the 2018 Worlds Championship finishing in third place. Have G2 found the right chemistry in the team to have what it takes at the Mid-Season Invitational 2019?
The Brazilian LOL team INTZ Esports established in 2014 and have proved their gaming worth in their region. However, did not make a presence on the International stage until 2016 at the IEM Season XI Katowice which was something big for them to secure a place at such an event. As months passed the team improved their gameplays in 2017 and 2018 winning the Superliga ABCDE Seasons, consecutively. This year INTZ Esports confirmed their place at the MSI 2019 after winning the CBLOL Summer 2019. Will they impress the lol community at this event?