The Mid-Season Invitational is only a week away and everyone is getting ready for the biggest esports event of 2021 thus far. 11 Teams have made their way to Iceland to compete for the title of the best team in the world.
Riot Games also recently released the schedule for the event as well as the return of watch drops, when fans log into lolesports.com and experience the event from the official website.
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Which Teams Qualified for MSI?
A total of 12 teams qualified, though only 11 will be competing. The Vietnamese champion, GAM esports, had to cancel the event due to travel restrictions of Vietnam, meaning that Group A will be competing with 3 teams rather than four.
These are the 11 Teams that will compete at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational:
- LCS SPRING: Cloud9
- LCK SPRING: DAMWON KIA
- LJL SPING: DetonatioN FocusMe
- LLA SPRING: Infinity Esports
- TCL WINTER: Istanbul Wild Cats
- LEC SPRING: MAD Lions
- CBLOL SPLIT 1: paiN Gaming
- LCO SPLIT 1: Pentanet.GG
- PCS SPRING: PSG Talon
- LPL SPRING: Royal Never Give Up
- LCL SPRING: Unicorns of Love
When will MSI Start?
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The Mid-Season Invitational is going to start May 6th at 3:00 PM CEST. The first game of the tournament is set to be a doozy with Perkz looking for revenge against ShowMaker, after he was beaten by the Korean at last year's LoL Worlds in the semi-final.
Here is a list of the first-day match-ups of MSI:
- DK vs. C9
- INF vs. DFM
- RNG vs. PGG
- PGG vs. UOL
- IW vs. PNG
- MAD vs. PSG
The group stage will take place from the 6th of May to the 11th of May with the top 2 teams of every group moving on to the Rumble stage, then the semi-finals and finally the Finals which will conclude the event on May 23rd.
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What are Watch Rewards?
Watch rewards are gifts Riot gives out to fans who watch the event on the lolesports client with their Riot account connected. During the 2020 World Championship, fans were upset over the lackluster drops they got, so it seems that this time around they will be getting more than just blue essence and a few emotes.
At least judging by what Riot revealed on their websites, there will be some chests to gain as well by watching the event on lolesports.com.
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