The Spring Split is almost at its end for this year, so teams are preparing for the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). As the name suggest, the tournament is held between the seasonal splits. It includes all regions, which means that we’re in it for quite a diverse competition in the end. The teams will be facing each other in a battle for glory and what we expect to be quite a motivating prize-pool, though as of the writing of this article, it has not been determined. The tournament will be held May 7-10, 2015 in Tallahassee, the state of Florida. Top teams from all regions will be there so it’s going to be a show you wouldn’t want to miss.
The attending teams will be the winners of the playoffs from the Spring Split for each region. This means that five teams will attend as they win their own regional playoffs. However, there is a sixth team that will attend and that will be based on the International Wild Card Invitational. The wild card team will be the final addition to the tournament composition. Find out more about the MSI Teams.
Regions | Road to MSI
LCS NA (North America)
The playoffs in North America begin on April 5. The competition promises to be fierce, with the top six teams locked in a battle with high stakes. The winner takes all – the LCS NA Championship, a spot on the MSI, and of course points that further increase the team’s chances to go to Worlds. The NA region offers potentially the biggest competition of all. Six teams will be battling it out for the honor and glory. The top teams are as always the favorites to win, but in this sort of playoffs you never know what might happen. There will be a single-elimination bracket. We can’t wait for the April 4.
LCS EU (Europe)
Things are somewhat similar on the European front. LCS EU offers the same stakes as LCS NA, however the competition doesn’t seem to be as fierce. The six teams will fight it off in the Fields of Justice and decide who’s going to become the LCS EU champion, go to the MSI, and get some champion points for Worlds. Just like LCS NA, the battle begins on April 5. It should be an interesting show.
On April 17, the playoffs of the League Champions Korea (LCK) begins. The top four teams will be at each other’s throats in Best of 5 matches. It will definitely be an interesting spectacle, especially considering that Korean League can be quite exciting.
April 14 is when the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) begins the battle in the Chinese playoffs. The top eight teams will be at it for a while in a marathon bracket. Furthermore, there will be a double elimination and each of the matches will be a best of five. This was to be expected, so if you’re a fan of Chinese League of Legends plays, then there will be a lot to look forward to.
LMS (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao)
On April 10 the playoffs in the League Master Series (LMS) begin. The top four teams will battle in a gauntlet style bracket. Of course, the winner goes to the MSI.
Wildcard Winner IWCI Istanbul
The sixth team will be determined by the International Wild Card Invitational, with teams from Brazil, Latin America, Turkey, Japan, and Oceania battling it among themselves, then going deciding who will go to the MSI by winning the IWCI. Considering all the different styles and talent from all over the globe, it will be interesting to see those matches, but it will be pretty hard to predict who will win. At any rate, one thing is for certain – the viewers will not be disappointed.
Format and Schedule
The Group Stage of the MSI will be held on May 7 and 8. The Group Stage will conform to the single round-robin format. Then the four teams on the top of the Group Stage will proceed to a bracket stage with a Best of 5 format on May 9 and 10, where the winner will be decided. Take a loot at the full schedule of the Mid Season Invitational
The MSI is a great opportunity for teams from all over the world to showcase their talents and playstyle. They also get some exposure on the international stage and get to prove their abilities and their strategy against other excellent teams.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the fans. People watching esports are the ones making all of this possible and for that the entire community is grateful. Esports have grown a lot in the past few years, attracting more and more fans, which allows the games, the teams, the sponsors, and everybody to keep progressing. If you want to be a part of this amazing process, purchase a ticket and go see the tournament live if you can. If you’re a fan of League of Legends, you definitely won’t regret it.
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.