Mid Season Invitational
The LoL Mid Season Invitational sees the best of each region's Spring Split from around the world compete at an international tournament for glory. With powerhouse teams from Korea and North America putting their ultimate skills to the test, the stakes are higher than ever before with a new format shake up for 2023. And this year's Mid Season Invitational features a "Defy the Odds" theme, so let's make the impossible become possible!
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We'll quickly dive into the MSI tournament's history to better understand how it has evolved into the behemoth of an esports tournament it is today.
The Mid-Season Invitational is an annual League of Legends premier tournament organized and run by Riot Games. It was first held in 2015, and since then, it has become one of the most prestigious events in the LoL competitive scene. The tournament brings together the top-performing teams from various regional leagues to compete against each other.
The first-ever MSI event was held in Tallahassee, Florida, and featured only six teams worldwide. These teams included EDward Gaming, SK Telecom T1, Fnatic, ahq Esports Club, Team SoloMid, and Beşiktaş e-Sports Club. T1 came out on top, beating EDward Gaming in the close grand finals.
MSI typically takes place in April or May of every year and has been hosted in tons of different cities from across the globe, ranging from Brazil to Germany, bringing excitement to LoL fans from around the world as the competition becomes fiercer with each passing year.
This year's MSI will begin on May 2, 2023, ending with a bang on May 21 with the Grand Final.
The Mid-Season Invitational 2023 differs from previous Mid Season Invitational tournaments, following a new best-of-three format and the introduction of the new play-in/group stage. This stage consists of eight teams split into two, each with a double elimination bracket. Three winning teams will advance to the main bracket stage, where they will join the other five pre-qualified teams in the bracket stage to compete for the win.
Here's a detailed rundown of MSI 2023.
Eight teams will be split into two groups of four, with every match being a best-of-three with a double-elimination format. The two group winners and the winner of an LCQ match (last-chance qualification) will proceed to the bracket stage and join the five pre-invited teams.
Eight teams participate in this round, with three Play-In teams and five teams prequalified from tournaments in major regions. All matches are best-of-five.
MSI 2023 will be hosted at the Copper Box Arena in London, built specifically for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The arena has previously hosted other esports events, like Rocket League and Apex Legends.
Tickets are still available for fans who want to attend, with big crowds and an expected electric atmosphere.
Though the current exact prize pool is yet unknown, it is guaranteed to be a high number, with a minimum of $250,000 available in total, spread among the teams.
Regardless of their overall qualification, every participating team will get a slice of the overall prize money. We have listed a rough, bare minimum estimate of how this money could be divided below.
5 - 6) $20,000
MSI 2023 features thirteen teams this year, two more than usual, in an MSI format shake-up. LEC, LCK, LCS, and LPL, as the major regional leagues, are represented by two teams. LCK are also currently the reigning world champions, receiving an additional slot for their region in the bracket stage.
The top teams from LJL, LLA, CBLOL, VCS, and PCS comprise the remainder of a full roster of exciting talent.
Here is a rundown of all the MSI teams competing for this year's title, including their qualifications.
The teams in the Playoff Stage come from the major competitive regions in the League of Legends esports sphere. Since LCK won last year's World Championship (Worlds), they could send both teams straight to the bracket stage.
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All MSI matches will be streamed on the official Riot Games Twitch channel, so you can bet while keeping an eye on the action - live!
MSI match results and standings will be updated weekly on our MSI 2023 event overview - keep an eye on it!
The winners of the previous tournament in 2022 were Royal Never Give Up, RNG for short, and they now have three MSI titles. The runners-up were T1, who have two MSI titles currently.