The Play-In phase of the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational Tournament in Germany is almost over and the group stage is now open for two more challengers. However, while the tournament's warm-up phase hardly demanded tributes and the doors of the main tournament slowly begins to open for the two champions of the preliminary round, they can now expect battle-tested gladiators and experienced opponents on Summoner's Rift. The regional favourites from South Korea, China, Europe and North America are already waiting for fresh blood supported by countless fans and above all the duel between the two champions of the western LCS regions is eagerly awaited by many patriots. This year we witness an international showdown without Faker and team mates at the Mid-Season Invitational because the South Korean LCK will be represented by Kingzone DragonX – but the team with superstars like Peanut, PraY and GorillA is nevertheless considered the clear tournament favorite. AD-Carry Uzi and his team Royal Never Give Up finally won their first title and can now prove again internationally that he is the mechanically best player in the world in his position. Of course, all participants are not only fighting for honour and favour of their fans or an immensely high prize money but also for a better draw pot placing at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship. As always, you can find all the information about the entire tournament on our site, have a look at the full schedule of the Mid-Season Invitational 2018 or find out about the teams and players of the MSI 2018. This year again we expect exciting duels on Summoner's Rift, eye-popping moments and big emotions – turn on the live streams just in time on May, 11th 2018 at 11:00 AM CEST!
Group Stage MSI 2018 Facts:
- Date: 05/11/2018 – 05/15/2018
- Location: Riot LCS Studios, Berlin (Germany)
- Format Group Stage:
- Round Robin: Best-of-1
- Playoffs: Best-of-5
- Patch: LoL 8.8
- Total 6 Teams
- 4 Teams advance to MSI Playoff Stage
- Full MSI Schedule and Results
- Ticket Info
- Live streams for each game
- Predictions available for important games
- MSI Betting odds for all matches available
- Hashtag: #MSI2018
MSI 2018 Group Tables
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Schedule and Results – MSI 2018 Group Stage
Here you can find all information about the upcoming matches of the group stage of the MSI 2018 and the latest results of the tournament. Fnatic and Royal Never Give Up will start a hopefully exciting tournament and both Rekkles and Uzi want to prove that they are among the best AD-Carrys in the world. Of course you can also find the complete schedule with all duels and results of the Mid-Season Invitational Tournament 2018 on our site.
Groupstage | Day 5 | Schedule and Results
Match #1: FNC vs. KZ 0 : 1
Start time: May 15th, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST
Match #2: EVOS vs. RNG 0 : 1
Start time: May 15th, 03:00 AM PDT / 06:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST
Match #3: FW vs. TL 0 : 1
Start time: May 15th, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST
Match #4: FNC vs. EVOS 0 : 1
Start time: May 15th, 05:00 AM PDT / 08:00 AM EDT / 14:00 CEST
Match #5: FW vs. KZ 1 : 0
Start time: May 15th, 06:00 AM PDT / 09:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CEST
Match #6: TL vs. RNG 0 : 1
Start time: May 15th, 07:00 AM PDT / 10:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CEST
Tie-Breaker #1: FW vs. RNG 0 : 1
Start time: 15 de mayo, 08:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT / 17:00 CEST
Tie-Breaker #2: FNC vs. TL 1 : 0
Start time: 15 de mayo, 09:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 18:00 CEST
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MSI 2018 Groupstage – Day 4
Match #5: KZ vs. EVOS
Start time: May 14th, 06:00 AM PDT / 09:00 AM EDT / 15:00 CEST
So the favourite KingZone DragonX will meet Evos Esports again on day 4 and I like to say it again and again – the team from Vietnam couldn't start with more pathos, the endemic Vietnamese tiger on the team portrait leaves no doubt about the ambitions of the team – everyone should speak about the now independet region Vietnam. Evos Esports showed varying performances and swept the American favourites off the field, but against the Flash Wolves it didn't look so rosy again.
Nevertheless, the analysis of the first game against KingZone DragonX is not so clear. Until minute 21 the teams were equal from the gold and metagame up, but then Killzone could play his gold advantageously steadily and after Baron Power Play in minute 30 it happened around the base of the Evos. The Evos-jungler “YiJin” also chose a hard fate with Lee Sin and did not really find his way into the game, so that after a short time many lanes were also no longer too ganken for him. Now you could say that it is always difficult at bo1 to make clear statements about the meta-ability of the team. The team around “Stark, YiJin, Warzone, Slay and RonOp” should still go on the offensive, so as not to lose the lead in the table.
Prediction: Although EVOS Esports are the winners of hearts, Kingzone DragonX will win the game. I expect a clear 1:0 victory for KingZone DragonX.
Match #6: TL vs. FNC
Start time: May 14th, 07:00 AM PDT / 10:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CEST
Team Liquid will meet Fnatic in the last match of the Monday Games and without exception all LCS fans will be particularly looking forward to the match.
In the first game, however, on May 12, Fnatic won the game. In a relatively short match (30 minutes), “Bwipo, Broxah, Caps, Rekkles and Hylissang” managed to beat the transatlic rivals. The kill-score showed at the end 15 to 4 for the european representatives. Fnatic never lost sight of the meta-game and was able to get all “objectives” of the map. Until minute 20 they have also avoided all fights provoked by TL in a predominantly passive game. The fans of Fnatic also enjoyed watching the spectacle on the Bot-Lane: As expected, the Team Liquid Bot-Lane “Doublelift & Olleh” could not sustain against Fnatics. Already in minute 3 the First Blood of Tristana flowed.
Now that Team Liquid has defeated one of the top favourites RNG, however, the daily performance phenomenon is on the mind again. The Liquids will start the game with fresh confidence and probably concentrate more on the epicenter – Fnatics Bot-Lane. I expect a close 1-0 victory for Team Liquid.
Match #1: Royal Never Give Up vs. Team Liquid
Start time: May 13th, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST
Day 3 of the group stage marks the start of the second leg era but first we'll take a look at two matches we haven't seen in the first few days. The start into the tournament went extremely badly for the two Western League of Legends teams Fnatic and Team Liquid, still without victory and with two defeats under their belt after day 1 the heroes have to step up to even reach the play-off phase of the tournament. Although Royal Never Give Up could also only win one match-up, against the dominant favourites of KingZone DragonX you may be allowed to drop one game at this point. And even in that one-sided duel, AD-Carry Uzi convinced with an impressive number of creep scores, the centre of the Chinese challengers' game continues to cause fear and terror to his opponents. AD-Carry Rekkles in the Fnatic jersey also witnessed this, intimidated by the presence of his opponent he played “not to lose” rather than “to win” – a big mistake in professional League of Legends. Besides Uzi, jungler Mlxg also makes a good figure as soon as aggression and pressure are needed in the early stages of the game. Unfortunately, the rest of the team is vulnerable, which was clearly demonstrated by the defeat against the champions of the LCK. After the defeat against the maybe weakest team of the tournament, EVOS Esports, Team Liquid is under pressure. The team's strategy also revolves around the botlane consisting of Doublelift and Olleh who dominated the North American LCS. Against Uzi, however, this strategy could backfire, the Chinese superstars are clearly to be favored in this duel.
Prediction: Doublelift and Olleh must play their best game in order not to go down with waving flags against Ming and Uzi. For a victory in this match, their team mates will also have to improve. In the first game of the third matchday I expect a 1-0 victory for Royal Never Give Up.
Match #3: KingZone DragonX vs. Flash Wolves
Start time: May 13th, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST
Despite a very difficult schedule on day 1 you could almost expect that KingZone DragonX would be undefeated at the top of the table but also the champions of the LMS, namely Flash Wolves, surprised many fans with two victories. Especially in the duel with Fnatic midlaner Maple and AD-Carry Betty could convince and made their direct competitors look rather old. Against KingZone DragonX, however, the qualifiers from the play-in stage of the tournament will have to perform even better in order not to go down easily. Fortunately, the LMS region is (or was) considered to be the kryptonite of South Korea's top teams, perhaps we will see another defeat for Peanut and his team-mates in this match. However, if you take a look at the duels of this top team (with the exception of the sloppy Fnatic game) so far, you shouldn't assume that. KingZone DragonX knows how to convince on all positions, the pick-and-ban phases are rather brilliant and the team harmonizes in every stage of the game. The team has the potential to continue or even surpass the dominance of SK Telecom T1 in recent years. Of course, they are also the clear favourites in this match, anything but a victory would come as a surprise.
Prediction: I am curious how many games KingZone DragonX will drop in this tournament. PraY and his team-mates rightly won the LCK Spring Split 2018 and are also hot contenders for victory at the Mid-Season Invitational 2018. For this match I expect a clean 1-0 victory for KingZone DragonX.
Match #1: KingZone DragonX vs. Fnatic
Start time: May 12th, 02:00 AM PDT / 05:00 AM EDT / 11:00 CEST
The first game of the second day will certainly not be a piece of cake for the European champion but there are usually no easy opponents on the international stage. While the Fnatic players are inferior to their direct opponents in almost all positions, there is a pivotal point where KingZone DragonX offers some attack surface: the midlane. Midlaner Bdd has good mechanical skills but he is known for his team play and his strong roams which give his team mates important advantages. Nevertheless, he is not Faker, the feared and immortal demon lord and the best player in the world of all time. Caps in the jersey of Fnatic could grow beyond his nickname “Baby Faker” and steal the show from his direct counterpart. If the botlane consisting of Rekkles and Hylissang could go even with the South Korean favourites, this duel could be more exciting than expected. No matter which toplaner will be on the starting roster of Fnatic, both the experienced sOAZ and newcomer Bwipo will probably be destroyed by Khan on the battlefield. Also in the jungle there are clear advantages for Peanut, KingZone DragonX is a hard nut to crack for every opponent.
Prediction: In order to emerge victorious in this duel all stars need to align for Fnatic. If Midlaner Caps is finally able to step out of his shadow on the international stage, the botlane is able to pressure their opponents and all other positions stay at least even with their opponents, Fnatic should have a shot at winning this exciting match. After all, PraY and his team mates are considered the top favourites for the tournament victory. I expect a closer than expected duel with a 1-0 victory for KingZone DragonX.
Match #3: Team Liquid vs. Flash Wolves
Start time: May 12th, 04:00 AM PDT / 07:00 AM EDT / 13:00 CEST
The Team Liquid's players wearing their own American-style jerseys made exclusivly for this tournament are also allowed to rejoin their opponents on Summoner's Rift on the second matchday. Interestingly enough, they are not among the favourites in this match-up against the play-in champions from Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao, at least in terms of betting odds. The international drought of the North American teams has probably played an important role in this decision, apart from some miserable attempts by Cloud9 at the World Championships and a final appearance of Counter Logic Gaming two years ago at MSI, there are no significant results to show. This year, at least on paper, the chances for Team Liquid look again a little slim, in order to be internationally successful not only the botlane but also the other players would have to bring their A game to the tournament. Although Doublelift and Olleh were able to stomp their opponents in the 2018 Spring Split of the North American LCS, calibres like Uzi, Pray or Rekkles will most likely put them into place. The Flash Wolves are a dangerous opponent and (with the exception of the last LoL World Championship) always convinced internationally, so we have an exciting duel ahead of us.
Prediction: Both teams will meet at eye level but the botlane-centric style of play of the North American champions could bear fruit against the Flash Wolves. After all, Pobelter and his team mates have to leave at least two teams behind to continue the era of fourth places. Contrary to the betting odds, I expect a clean 1-0 victory for Team Liquid.
Match #2: EVOS Esports vs. Flash Wolves
Start time: May 11th, 03:00 AM PDT / 06:00 AM EDT / 12:00 CEST
Already on the first match day the two champions of the play-in stage will meet each other on Summoner's Rift and if the cosmic structure does not come apart without further ado, this duel will determine the bottom team of the group stage. Although the two teams easily beat BAU SuperMassive eSports from Turkey and Gambit Esports from the CIS region in the preliminary round, with the champions of the major League of Legends leagues they will now meet completely different calibers on the eSports battlefield. The dominance of the Flash Wolves in the LMS continues, even though the squad has had to accept some drastic changes since the last LoL World Championship. Midlaner Maple and support player SwordArt can nevertheless draw on a wealth of international experience and prepare the new rookies in the team optimally for this tournament. EVOS Esports will do everything in the group stage to follow in the footsteps of the GIGABYTE Marines to successfully represent their region at this Mid-Season Invitational tournament. A possible success for EVOS Esports stands and falls with Jungler YiJin who laid the foundation for his team's progress with strong performances already in the play-in phase. However, the Flash Wolves seemed very dominant, anything but a victory in this duel would be a disappointment for Maple and his team mates.
Prediction: The underdogs of the tournament want to start into the group stage with a victory to challenge one of the four tournament favourites from the play-off places. The Flash Wolves score with international experience, in this duel they should have the upper hand. I expect a narrow 0-1 victory for the Flash Wolves.
Match #6: Royal Never Give Up vs. KingZone DragonX
Start time: May 11th, 07:00 AM PDT / 10:00 AM EDT / 16:00 CEST
Last but definitely not least – with a highlight match Royal Never Give Up and KingZone DragonX will ensure a brilliant end to the first day of the group stage. Both teams are considered favourites for winning the whole tournament and want to convince their fans with a clean victory. The South Korean top team scores with top-class players who are definitely among the top 3 in their position worldwide. KingZone DragonX works as a collective, SK Telecom T1 and especially Midlaner Faker were the hunted ones in previous competitions but in the KingZone team every player can put the weight on his shoulder and carry his team to success. Especially PraY and GorillA in the botlane will have to neutralize opponent Uzi who is still considered as the best AD-Carry in the world. And exactly this exceptional talent was able to finally add a gold medal to his countless second place medals by winning the the 2018 LPL Spring Split, now he also wants to claim an international victory. Midlaner Xiaohu and Jungler Mlxg are also able to decide a game in favour of the Chinese challengers. However, if you take a look at the last international tournaments, the dominance of the South Korean LCK is undisputed. Peanut and his team mates are also considered favourites in this duel.
Prediction: This duel could set the course for the rest of the tournament as the first-placed team in the group stage can choose its semi-final opponent. The South Korean superstars dominated the entire season and easily secured the Spring Split title. I expect an exciting 0-1 victory for KingZone DragonX.
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*.) Odds may have changed by now – no guarantee! The predictions are the opinion of the author.
About The Authors:
Article and predictions by the esports-betting League of Legends team. Marius „vuehrjer“ Führer is studying at the TU Wien and misses just as few League of Legends matches as lectures at university. Daniel „Taith“ Aichinger is studying lectureship at the JKU Linz and teaches his enemies the meaning of fear on Summoner's Rift in his spare time. Contact them on Twitter (@vuehrjer, @TaithLoL) for questions. GG WP!