The 2017 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI 2017) is running from April 28th to May 21st. This year the LoL MSI tournament is heading to Brasil. Still remembering how the korean favorites SKT T1, winner oft he last two world championship titles, also won the Mid-Season Invitational in 2016 in Shanghai, we get to wonder if there’s anything possible for the other teams at this year’s event. For us fans, we will at least get to see a lot bigger event, as the number of participating teams is extended from 6 to 13 teams. In last years, there has only been a group stage consisting of all qualified teams being followed by a playoff for the best 4 teams in order to find the champion. Sadly, the group stage was not always that exciting because some teams managed to get to the top after few games making it impossible for the lower teams to remain in the tournament. But as we have mentioned, during the MSI 2017 there may be more time for comparison between the different regions, even though the change seems more radical at first sight as it really is after all. Is it going to be more interesting for fans to watch? Possibly and more teams and regions of course mean more action und possible upsets. Besides this the result of the MSI has an impact on the 2017 League of Legends World Championship (LoL Worlds). Welcome to the 2017 League of Legends Mid Season Invitational.
MSI 2017 – Facts
- Play-In-Stage: 04.28.2017 – 05.06.2017,
Location: CBLOL Studio, Sao Paulo
Format Play-In: Stage 1 Best-of-1, Playoffs Best-of-5
- Group Stage: 05.10.2017 – 05.14.2017,
Location: Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Format: 1 Group | 6 Teams | Double Round Robin
- Playoffs: 05.19.2017 – 05.21.2017,
Location: Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro
Format: Best of 5
- Seeds: 1 for EU, 1 for China and 1 for South Korea | 3 seeds for the 10 teams from North America, Oceania, South America (x2), Japan, CIS, Turkey, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Brazil
- Prize pool: $ 450.000,-
- Patch: LoL 7.8
- Ticket Info MSI 2017
- Live streams for each game
- Betting odds for all matches available
What is new at the 2017 Mid- Season Invitational?
For the last years, there has been the International Wildcard Invitational (IWCI) right before the MSI, where the regional champions from the Wildcard regions (Brazil, Oceania, Commonwealth of Independent States(CIS), Japan, Turkey, Southeast Asia, South America) participated in a tournament to fight about one place in the MSI. Riot now wants to end this procedure and lets every region send one contestant for the main tournament, but they now have to start in the so-called Play-In-Stage, where there is a very similar form of selection to the IWCI. It all starts with the teams of the wildcard regions being divided into two groups A and B. Every team play two times against each other team of ist group in a Best-of-1. The winners of each group then move on into the next round, where the winner of group A has to play versus the North American champion, while the winner of group B faces the champion of Taiwan, both games are held in a Best-of-5. The winners of this duels directly qualify for the MSI group stage, the losers have to face each other for the chance of getting the last remaining place in the group, because 3 of the 6 spots are already taken by EU LCS, LCK (South Korea) and LPL (China). As mentioned before, the changes sound big but what’s actually happening, is that the IWCI gets included into the MSI main event, with the slight difference that NA and Taiwan are considered as some superior wildcard region, not good enough for a direct qualification, but still above the other regions so the full Play-In-Stage would seem like an offense to their players and fans. But the wildcard teams now have a chance to qualify with more than one spot, which would start a debate about who really deserves the term „wildcard“. However, the decision about which teams are qualified directly and which teams have to play in the Play-In-Stage is not arbitrary but is linked to the results of the regions in the MSI and Worlds of the past two years, explaining why EU is rated higher than NA even though many fans consider NA as the better region right now. While the rule stays the same that the top four regions in the MSI 2017 claim the top four seeds at the Worlds 2017, there is another change for the wildcard teams. The top performing wildcard region at the MSI now gets another seed at LoL Worlds 2017 (The League of Legends World Championship), which doesn’t seem that much but definitely is a sign of Riot showing more respect to the wildcard regions.
Tournament Mode – Schedule Overview MSI 2017
Due to the increase in participating teams, there are major changes to the format and schedule of this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, including the newly introduced Play-In-Stage. The 10 teams that have to start in Play-In will be playing from April 28 until May 6, making their way through three stages with three teams remaining and being qualified to group stage. The other three teams will be the pre-qualified teams from LCK, EU LCS and LPL. Group stage will go from May 10 until May 14. Afterwards there will be the playoffs consisting of the four best teams of group stage and being held in Best-of-5 from May 19 until May 21, with the last day being the day of the big final. You can view the full schedule of MSI 2017 here.
04/28/2017 – 05/06/2017:
Play-In Stage | São Paulo
05/10/2017 – 05/14/2017:
Group-Stage| Rio de Janeiro
05/19/2017 – 05/21/2017:
Playoffs / Finals | Rio de Janeiro
The first stage of the event will decide which teams may participate in the MSI group stage. It will consist of three rounds:
- Round 1: Every team except the ones from China, Korea, Europe, North America (NA) and Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong (LMS) starts in one of two groups, the winner of each groups qualifies for round 2.
- Round 2: The teams from round 1 will be paired with the teams from NA and LMS. The winners qualify for group stage.
- Round 3: The losers of round 2 will be matched, the winner gets the last remaining seed of the group stage.
Play-In-Stage Round 1
The eight regional champions from all Wildcard regions got drawn into two groups. The two teams that stand on top of their groups after the round robin matches will advance to the Round 2 of the MSI 2017 Play-In-Stage. You will find the table with the current standings right here.
Eliminated from tournament
MSI 2017 – Play-In Round 1 | April 29th, day 2
Match #1: Virtus.pro vs. Lyon Gaming
Start time: April 29th, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST
Match #2: Marines Esports vs. Isurus Gaming
Start time: April 29th, 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST
Match #3: Virtus.pro vs. Isurus Gaming
Start time: April 29th, 01:00 PM PDT / 04:00 PM EDT / 22:00 CEST
Match #4: Marines Esports vs. Lyon Gaming
Start time: April 29th, 02:00 PM PDT / 05:00 PM EDT / 23:00 CEST
Match #5: Lyon Gaming vs. Isurus Gaming
Start time: April 29th, 03:00 PM PDT / 06:00 PM EDT / 00:00 CEST (the next day)
Match #6: Marines Esports vs. Virtus.pro
Start time: April 29th, 04:00 PM PDT / 07:00 PM EDT / 01:00 CEST (the next day)
Play-In-Stage Round 2
The second part of the Play-In-Stage will feature the two best teams from Round 1 and the regional champions from North America and the LMS. There will be two Best-of-5 matches and the winner of those will qualify directly for the main event. The inferior teams will get one last shot in Round 3 of the Play-In-Stage.
MSI 2017 – Play-In Round 2 | May 3rd, day 1
Match #1: TBD vs. TBD
Start time: May 3rd, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST
MSI 2017 – Play-In Round 2 | May 4th, day 2
Match #1: TBD vs. TBD
Start time: May 4th, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST
Play-In-Stage Round 3
The final round of the Play-In-Stage will determine the last participating team for the main event with two teams wrestling for life or death in a Best-of-5 duel on Summoner’s Rift.
MSI 2017 – Play-In Round 3 | May 6th, Day 1
Match #1: TBD vs. TBD
Start time: May 6th, 11:00 AM PDT / 02:00 PM EDT / 20:00 CEST
The group stage will be the same format as last year. On the five days between 10th and 14th of May there will be 6 matches per day. At the end of the stage, each team has played against each other team once. The four top teams after the group stage will then be promoted to the playoffs.
|Groupstage Table MSI 2017|
|1|| SKT T1
|2|| G2 Esports
|3||TBD (LPL Spring Winner)
Eliminated from tournament
From 19th to 21st May, there will be one Best-of-5 per day, at first the two semifinals and on the last day the Grand Finals. The first team to win three games in the final will be the MSI Champion of 2017.
|Semifinals (05/19/2017 – 05/20/2017)
||MSI: Grand Finals (05/21/2017)
The 13 teams that will start at different stages of the MSI 2017 will be the champions of their regional spring split, whereas only 6 teams will qualify for the group stage. The teams from Korea (LCK), Europe (EU LCS) and China (LPL) are directly qualified for group stage while the other teams have to go through the Play-In-Stage. This year the participants will be:
- G2 Esports – Europe (EU LCS) qualified for group stage
- SK Telecom T1 – Korea (LCK) qualified for group stage
- TBD – China (LPL) qualified for group stage
- Team SoloMid – North America (NA LCS)
- Flash Wolves – Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau (LMS)
- RED Canis– Brazil
- Marines Esports – Southeast Asia
- Virtus.pro – Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
- Supermassive Esports– Turkey
- Rampage – Japan
- Isurus Gaming – Latin America South
- Lyon Gaming – Latin America North
- Dire Wolves – Oceania
As in the past years, the best performing team will receive money based on their result at MSI 2017. The exact value of the prize pool and its distribution is not known yet, but it is expected to be at least half a million dollars. Overall there will be a total prize money of $ 450.000,- US Dollars. This prize pool will be distributed amongst the best four teams based on this distribution ratio.
Distribution of Prize Pool – League of Legends MSI 2017
|MSI Champion||$ 250.000,- USD|
|2nd Place||$ 100.000,- USD|
|3rd and 4th||$ 50.000,- USD|
Betting and Odds – LoL MSI 2017 Tournament
All big eSports betting sites will have League of Legends bets for all of the games at the Mid-Season Invitational tournament 2017. As soon as all teams have qualified there will be betting odds not only for the games of the Play-In-Stage but also for the outright tournament winner and many other options. We will keep you up to date with all relevant news and promotions available for the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational. You can check out the first betting odds for the 2017 MSI right here.
Please notice! Odds shown might have changed in the meantime. Follow the links to take a look at the current betting odds.
All games of the MSI 2017 will be streamed in various languages, so if you have got plenty of time, you will be able to watch each one of the matches. Details about the casters and streaming schedules will be available here as soon as possible, as well as a link to the official Riot Games stream.