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The Mid-Season Invitational 2019: Your Essential Guide

With most regions concluding the first Split of 2019, attention will now turn to the first international tournament of the year, the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI).

Hailed as a precursor to the annual Worlds Championship, this premier tournament is this year’s first clash of each regions’ best. Taking place in Vietnam and Taipei, expect titanic battles between world-renowned teams such as SK Telecom T1, G2 Esports and Team Liquid, setting the big stage for the most groundbreaking plays.

Excited for what’s in store at the MSI 2019? We’ve gathered everything you need to know. So sit back like the pros in Secretlab award-winning-comfort, and get into the game.

 

Key details:

 

 

Watch the action live here:

English | French | Korean | Portugese | Cantonese | Turkish | Japanese | Hungarian | Spanish | Russian | German | Italian | Vietnamese | Thai | Indonesian | Chinese

 

Prizes

Alongside the star-studded title of international MSI champion for the winning team, the MSI 2019 also carries a mouthwatering prize pool of USD$1,000,000.


Teams

Play-In Round 1 Stage Seeds
Region Qualified via Team
Brazil CBLOL Summer Playoffs INTZ eSports
CIS LCL Spring Playoffs Vega Squadron
Japan LJL Spring Playoffs DetonatioN FocusMe
Latin America LLA Opening Playoffs Isurus Gaming
Oceania OPL Split 1 Playoffs Bombers
Southeast Asia LST Spring MEGA
Turkey TCL Winter Playoffs 1907 Fenerbahçe
Vietnam VCS Spring Playoffs Phong Vũ Buffalo
Play-In Round 2 Stage Seeds
North America LCS Spring Playoffs Team Liquid
Taiwan/HK/Macao LMS Spring Playoffs Flash Wolves
Main Event Seeds
China LPL Spring Playoffs Invictus Gaming
Europe LEC Spring Playoffs G2 Esports
Korea LCK Spring Playoffs SK Telecom T1

 

Format

Play-In Stage:

Group Stage

  • Eight teams are split into two pools, with groups consisting of two Pool 1 teams and two Pool 2 teams
  • Double Round Robin, all matches are Best of 1
  • Winner of each group advances to the Play-In Knockout Stage

Knockout Stage

  • Winners of the two groups are drawn against the two teams directly seeded into the Knockout Stage
  • All matches are Best of 5
  • Winners advance to the Main Stage

Main Stage:

Group Stage

  • Double Round Robin, all matches are Best of 1
  • Best four teams advance to the Knockout Stage

Knockout Stage

  • Single elimination bracket
  • The 1st placed Group Stage team can pick between the 3rd and 4th ranked team for their opponent
  • All matches are Best of 5

 

Schedule

Actual match timings may change based on the length of previous matches and delays. Check the League of Legends Esports page for the most updated timings on the Play-In, Group and Knockout Stages.

 

May 1
Time (PT) Teams
03:00 Phong Vũ Buffalo v

Bombers

04:00 1907 Fenerbahçe v

Isurus Gaming

05:00 Phong Vũ Buffalo v

Isurus Gaming

06:00 1907 Fenerbahçe v

Bombers

07:00 Bombers v

Isurus Gaming

08:00 Phong Vũ Buffalo v

1907 Fenerbahçe

May 2
Time (PT) Teams
03:00 DetonatioN FocusMe v

MEGA

04:00 Vega Squadron v

INTZ eSports

05:00 MEGA v

INTZ eSports

06:00 DetonatioN FocusMe v

Vega Squadron

07:00 DetonatioN FocusMe v

INTZ eSports

08:00 Vega Squadron v

MEGA

 

May 3
Time (PT) Teams
03:00 Phong Vũ Buffalo v

Isurus Gaming

04:00 1907 Fenerbahçe v

Bombers

05:00 1907 Fenerbahçe v

Isurus Gaming

06:00 Phong Vũ Buffalo v

Bombers

07:00 Phong Vũ Buffalo v

1907 Fenerbahçe

08:00 Bombers v

Isurus Gaming

May 4
Time (PT) Teams
00:00 MEGA v

INTZ eSports

01:00 DetonatioN FocusMe v

Vega Squadron

02:00 Vega Squadron v

INTZ eSports

03:00 DetonatioN FocusMe v

MEGA

04:00 Vega Squadron v

MEGA

05:00 DetonatioN FocusMe v

INTZ eSports

 

Secretlab is proud to be a global partner for the MSI 2019. Find out about the MSI’s choice of gaming seats here.

Images courtesy of League of Legends Esports.

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