Mid-Season Invitational

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Mid-Season Invitational
LOL MSI logo.svg
SportLeague of Legends
Founded2015 (2015)
Inaugural season2015
Owner(s)Riot Games
No. of teams13
Venue(s)Rotating locations
Most recent
champion(s)
Royal Never Give Up
(2nd title)
Most titles Royal Never Give Up
T1
(2 titles each)
QualificationWinners of regional leagues in Spring split
TV partner(s)Twitch, YouTube
Sponsor(s)Riot Games
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 from all regions have been participating in the event. The International Wildcard Invitational was replaced by the Play-in Stage. The best Wildcard region receives a direct spot in the World Championship's Group Stage for that year for their Summer Split champion. The top four regions gets the pool 1 spot in the World Championship's Group Stage.

Royal Never Give Up from China and T1 from South Korea are the most successful teams with two MSI titles each.

Overview[edit]

Results[edit]

Year Location Final Semifinalists
Champion Score Runner-up
2015 United States Tallahassee China Edward Gaming 3 2 South Korea SK Telecom T1 Taiwan ahq e-Sports Club Europe Fnatic
2016 China Shanghai South Korea SK Telecom T1 3 0 United States Counter Logic Gaming China Royal Never Give Up Taiwan Flash Wolves
2017 Brazil São Paulo
Brazil Rio de Janeiro
South Korea SK Telecom T1 3 1 Europe G2 Esports Taiwan Flash Wolves China Team WE
2018 Germany Berlin
France Paris
China Royal Never Give Up 3 1 South Korea Kingzone DragonX Europe Fnatic Taiwan Flash Wolves
2019 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Hanoi
Taiwan Taipei
Europe G2 Esports 3 0 United States Team Liquid South Korea SK Telecom T1 China Invictus Gaming
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5] and replaced with the Mid-Season Streamathon
2021 Iceland Reykjavík China Royal Never Give Up 3 2 DWG KIA PSG Talon Europe MAD Lions

Teams reaching top four[edit]

Team Titles Runner-up Semifinalists
South Korea T1[a] 2 (2016, 2017) 1 (2015) 1 (2019)
China Royal Never Give Up 2 (2018, 2021) 1 (2016)
Europe G2 Esports 1 (2019) 1 (2017)
China Edward Gaming 1 (2015)
United States Counter Logic Gaming 1 (2016)
South Korea DRX[b] 1 (2018)
United States Team Liquid 1 (2019)
South Korea DWG KIA 1 (2021)
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)
Europe MAD Lions 1 (2021)
PSG Talon 1 (2021)

Regions reaching top four[edit]

Region Titles Runner-up Semifinalists
China (LPL) 3 (2015, 2018, 2021) 3 (2016, 2017, 2019)
South Korea (LCK) 2 (2016, 2017) 3 (2015, 2018, 2021) 1 (2019)
Europe (LEC) 1 (2019) 1 (2017) 3 (2015, 2018, 2021)
North America (LCS) 2 (2016, 2019)
TaiwanHong KongMacauAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations TW/HK/MO/SEA (PCS) 5 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rebranded from SK Telecom T1 in 2019.
  2. ^ Rebranded from Kingzone DragonX to DragonX in 2019, and then to DRX in 2020.

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. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. 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.
  5. ^ Stavropoulos, Andreas (23 April 2020). "Riot officially cancels 2020 Mid-Season Invitational". Dot Esports. Retrieved 23 April 2020.