Format Changes to the League of Legends MSI 2017

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The Mid-Season Invitational, MSI, is an annual League of Legends tournament and one of the most important events hosted by Riot Games. In fact, besides Worlds, the MSI is the most significant LoL tournament featuring the representatives from different regions. This year’s Mid-Season Invitational 2017 will feature important changes implemented by Riot Games. Let’s see what they are.

League of Legends Icon MSI 2017 Team Regions

In the latest announcement, Riot Games explained that 13 teams will participate at MSI this year. Of course, all participants will be the Spring Split or Split 1 champions of the following regions:

  • Brazil (BR)
  • China (CN)
  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
  • Europe (EU)
  • Japan (JPN)
  • Korea (KR)
  • Latin America – North (LAN)
  • Latin America – South (LAS)
  • North America (NA)
  • Oceania (OCE)
  • Southeast Asia (SEA)
  • Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau (LMS)
  • Turkey (TUR)

League of Legends Icon New MSI Format 2017

MSI 2017 will kick off in Sao Paolo, Brazil on April 28 and end with the final event in Rio de Janeiro on May 21. This will be the very first time a major international LoL event has been held in this beautiful country. The major change introduced by Riot Games to both MSI 2017 and League of Legends Worlds 2017 is the Play-In Stage allowing for previously “wild card” regions like the Commonweal Independent States and Brazil to have better opportunities to grow in equal stature as the major regions such as North America, Taiwan, Europe, Korea, and China.

The Play-In Stage will include 10 teams from BR, CIS, JPN, LAN, LAS, LMS, NA, OCE, SEA, TUR.

Here’s how it’s going to look like:

  • ROUND 1 – includes 8 teams randomly divided into two groups of four. Teams play in a Bo1 double round robin format. Winners move to the second round
  • ROUND 2 – includes 4 teams (2 winners from previous round + NA + LMS). Teams will be randomly paired e.g. Winner A vs. NA. The format in this round is Bo5 with winners moving to the group stage and losers to the next round
  • ROUND 3 – defeated teams from the second round fight each other and winner proceeds to the group stage

A total of three teams will move to the Group Stage; two winning teams from the 2nd round and the winner from the 3rd round. It is important to bear in mind that the group stage format will stay the same, just like it was in 2016 with top four teams advancing to the knockout stage. View the full schedule of the 2017 LoL Mid-Season Invitational here.

Seeding

Regions will be seeded according to their results from the past two years of both MSI and Worlds. Due to their consistency over past two years, South Korea, Europe, and China champions will be granted a direct placement into the six-team group stage. On the other hand, teams from North America and Taiwan will have to go through the Play-In Stage first.

How’s MSI going to contribute to Worlds?

What happens at this tournament will have a major impact on the League of Legends World Championship 2017 event, which is going to be held in China. The top regions at MSI will be granted the top 4 seeds at Group Stage of Worlds meaning they won’t have to go through the Play-In Stage first. Moreover, the highest ranking region of BR, CIS, JPN, LAN, LAS, OCE, SEA, and TUR will receive an additional seed at Worlds where #1 seed will start the competition in the group stage, while #2 will go through the Play-In Stage of the LoL World championship.

League of Legends Icon Bottom line

Riot Games implemented various structural changes to both Worlds 2017 and MSI 2017 in a bid to improve the quality of these important tournaments and allow more teams to get their chance on the big stage. Stay tuned as we’ll keep you updated about the latest developments and news regarding MSI.

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About the Author: Aman El TawilAmna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.