It was not long ago that fans got to see a revamped LOL with changes in the rules for improving gaming experience, LOL brings yet another news to its fans- the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) and the LoL World Championship for 2016 – two of the three biggest global LOL tournaments have been announced. While China is all set to dazzle with sizzling MSI tournaments, World Championship is ready to storm North America for the Summoner’s Cup.
Mid-Season Invitational- Shanghai-2016
Is it going to be Immortals Vs Koo? Or Cloud9 or TSM or Origen? Well, there’s a widespread anticipation of LOL fans to see their favorite regional teams clash and win the title. While EDG took the Chinese winner spot in last season's MSI 2015, it is yet to be seen who is going to hit gold in MSI 2016 that is going to take place in the largest city of China, Shanghai.
The 2016 MSI-Few changes in the game format from the last season:
- Double round-robin format
Many LOL fans are glad that this year’s MSI is including double round robin format that can possibly eliminate some bias (blue and red side) and help balance the tournaments for a fair play.
- Players to play for more days compared to the last season’s 15 games played in 2 days
LOL fans and players could not get an opportunity to meet and greet with each other during the last MSI and playing 15 matches in a span of two days was bit overwhelming for every team and LOL fan. However, this year’s MSI is going to entertain the audience for more number of days.
- Splitting the semifinal game days
During last season’s semifinal game (SKT Vs Fnatic) the crowd had drifted away by the end of the game and the game atmosphere was lack lustre. However, this year’s MSI will be different because the semi-semifinal matches will be held on different days.
- At group stage the teams will battle each other in double round-robin so that more number of regional teams can compete for the title.
- After the group stage the successful teams will move into a knockout stage with best of 5 matches (Single elimination).
MSI 2016, Shanghai will see competent players and teams from many regions and this year’s play-offs are rather interesting due to more number of competing teams. The participating teams will be the Spring Split Champions from various regions:
Along with these regional champions, there will be a wildcard spot which will be decided at the International Wild Card Invitational- Mexico that is going to take place from 04/16/16 to 04/23/16.
- Dates- Group Stage: 05/04/16 to 05/08/16
- Dates-Knockout rounds: 05/13/16 to 05/15/16
- Venue: The Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre, Shanghai, China
MSI 2016 Ticket Info
Fans can get more information on tickets for MSI 2016 in coming weeks. The ticket information will be available on Lolesports in few weeks. Fans can keep checking Lolesports for more information.
LoL World Championship 2016: North America
The 2016 World Championship is going to rock the North America with teams clashing for the Summoner’s Cup. The most competent teams and fantastic LOL players around the world are expected to make this year’s World Championship exciting as many titans are going to battle for the winning title.
The World Championship that is going to take place across the North America will begin with a bang in San Francisco and will end its victorious journey on the glorious stage of Staples Center, Los Angeles where the world will witness the 2016 World Champions.
- The 2016 Worlds will have great teams playing each other for the Summoner’s Cup in North America from all around the globe. Starting from Group Stage in San Francisco, the teams will continue to fight in quarterfinals and semifinals to reach the grand final.
- The grand final in Los Angeles, will see that the deserving teams fight the final battle and the winners are crowned.
Fans can watch Lolesports space for more information on the game format in coming weeks or check out our overview of LoL Worlds 2016.
- Dates: 09/29/16 to 10/02/16 and 10/06/16 to10/09/16
- Venue: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
- Dates: 10/13/16 to 10/16/16
- Quarterfinals Venue: The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
- Dates: 10/21/16 to 10/22/16
- Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- Date: 10/29/16
- Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets for LoL Worlds 2016:
The ticket information for the 2016 World Championship will be revealed by Riot to the fans by this summer and fans can keep a tab on Lolesports for more information.
About the Author: Amna 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.