Mid-Season Invitational

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Mid-Season Invitational
SportLeague of Legends
Founded2015 (2015)
Inaugural season2015
Owner(s)Riot Games
No. of teams13
Venue(s)Rotating locations
Most recent
champion(s)
G2 Esports
(1st title)
Most titles SK Telecom T1
(2 titles)
QualificationWinners of regional leagues in Spring split .
TV partner(s)Twitch, YouTube
Sponsor(s)Riot Games
Level on pyramidMajor
Related
competitions
World Championship

The Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) is an annual League of Legends tournament hosted by publisher Riot Games since 2015. It is the second most important international League of Legends tournament aside from the World Championship.[1][2]

In 2015 and 2016, the event featured the Spring Split champions of the five major competitive League of Legends regional leagues (LEC, LCS, LCK, LMS, LPL), as well as a wildcard team from a less region determined by the International Wildcard Invitational, held a few weeks beforehand.[3] In its inaugural tournament, Chinese team Edward Gaming emerged victorious by defeating South Korean team SK Telecom T1 3–2 in the final.[4]

Since 2017, Spring Split champions of all regions will qualify for the event. The International Wildcard Invitational was replaced by the Play-in Stage. The best Wildcard region in MSI will directly receive a spot in the World Championship's Group Stage for that year for their Summer Split champion. The top four regions in MSI will get the pool-1 spot in the World Championship's Group Stage.

SK Telecom T1 from South Korea is the most successful team with two MSI titles (2016 and 2017).

Overview[edit]

Result[edit]

Year Location Finals Semifinalists Group Stage
Winner Score Runner-up 5th Place 6th Place
2015 United States Tallahassee China Edward Gaming 3 2 South Korea SK Telecom T1 Taiwan ahq e-Sports Club Europe Fnatic United States Team SoloMid Turkey Beşiktaş e-Sports Club
2016 China Shanghai South Korea SK Telecom T1 3 0 United States Counter Logic Gaming Taiwan Flash Wolves China Royal Never Give Up Europe G2 Esports Turkey SuperMassive eSports
2017 Brazil São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro South Korea SK Telecom T1 3 1 Europe G2 Esports China Team WE Taiwan Flash Wolves United States Team SoloMid Vietnam GIGABYTE Marines
2018 Germany Berlin
France Paris
China Royal Never Give Up 3 1 South Korea Kingzone DragonX Taiwan Flash Wolves Europe Fnatic United States Team Liquid Vietnam EVOS Esports
2019 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi
Taiwan Taipei
Europe G2 Esports 3 0 United States Team Liquid South Korea SK Telecom T1 China Invictus Gaming Taiwan Flash Wolves Vietnam Phong Vũ Buffalo

Teams reaching top four[edit]

Team Champion Runner-up Semifinalist
South Korea SK Telecom T1 2 (2016, 2017) 1 (2015) 1 (2019)
Europe G2 Esports 1 (2019) 1 (2017)
China Royal Never Give Up 1 (2018) 1 (2016)
China Edward Gaming 1 (2015)
United States Team Liquid 1 (2019)
United States Counter Logic Gaming 1 (2016)
South Korea Kingzone DragonX 1 (2018)
Taiwan Flash Wolves 3 (2016, 2017, 2018)
Europe Fnatic 2 (2015, 2018)
Taiwan ahq e-Sports Club 1 (2015)
China Team WE 1 (2017)
China Invictus Gaming 1 (2019)

Regions reaching top four[edit]

Region Champion Runner-up Semifinalist
South Korea South Korea (LCK) 2 (2016, 2017) 2 (2015, 2018) 1 (2019)
China China (LPL) 2 (2015, 2018) 3 (2016, 2017, 2019)
Europe Europe (LEC) 1 (2019) 1 (2017) 2 (2015, 2018)
United StatesCanada North America (LCS) 2 (2016, 2019)
TaiwanHong KongMacau TW/HK/MO (LMS) 4 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erzberger, Tyler (May 2, 2016). "The Mid-Season Invitational Power Rankings". ESPN. ESPN Inc. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Lingle, Samuel (May 4, 2016). "League Midseason Invitational day one recap". The Daily Dot. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Johnson, Michael (May 3, 2016). "League Of Legends Mid-Season Invitational – What You Need To Know!". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Scott, Jake (May 1, 2015). "MSI recap: Edward Gaming defeat SKT 3-2, become MSI 2015 champions". theScore eSports. Score Media Ventures. Retrieved May 11, 2016.