2018 Mid-Season Invitational

The 2018 Mid-Season Invitational was the fourth edition of the Mid-Season Invitational, a Riot Games-organised tournament for League of Legends, the multiplayer online battle arena video game. The tournament is the culmination of the 2018 spring split, the first part of 8th season of the game competitive scene.

2018 Mid-Season Invitational
Zénith de Paris - meeting Lutte Ouvrière 15-04-2012 - 1.JPG
The Zénith Paris in Paris hosted the playoffs.
Tournament information
SportLeague of Legends
Dates3 May–20 May
Administrator(s)Riot Games
Host(s)Germany Germany
France France
VenueEU LCS Studio (Berlin, Play-in stage & Main Group stage)
Zénith Paris (Paris, Main Playoffs Stage)
Teams14
Final positions
ChampionsChina Royal Never Give Up
(1st title)
Runner-upSouth Korea Kingzone DragonX
MVPChina Jian "Uzi" Zihao
(Royal Never Give Up)
← 2017
2019 →

Each of 14 premier League of Legends leagues have a team representing them; Europe (EU LCS), South Korea (LCK), North America (NA LCS) and China (LPL) had their teams automatically admitted into the main event whereas the other 10 leagues will compete among each other in a "play-in" with the top 2 teams advancing to join the main event. [1][2]

The tournament was hosted in Germany and France from 3 to 20 May 2018. Matches of the play-in and group stages were held in EU LCS Studio in Berlin, while playoffs took place in multi-purpose indoor arena Zénith Paris.[3] Royal Never Give Up are the champions of the 2018 MSI, after taking down Kingzone DragonX in the finals. Jian "Uzi" Zihao was named the MVP of the entire tournament, due to his outstanding performances. The results of the tournament have received numerous international debates and reactions.[4][5]

The event's finals, where LPL (China)'s Royal Never Give Up took on LCK (South Korea)'s Kingzone DragonX, became one of the most watched eSports matches in history, greatly attributed to China's viewership. The finals were watched by over 127 million unique viewers, while the entire event boasted a total viewing time of over 2 billion hours. The event also became one of the greatest League of Legends' tournaments in history, as well as one of its historical milestones, as a South Korean team was thwarted by a non-South Korean team in a major match for the first time in 3 years.[6][7][8][9]

Qualified teams and rosterEdit

Qualified teamEdit

Last year, team from Vietnam had qualified for MSI via Southeast Asian league. From 2018, Vietnam region will be separated from Southeast Asia region. The Spring split Champion team from Vietnamese league will qualify for MSI without take part in the Southeast Asian league. Number of regions up to 14.

Based on the result of the MSI and World Championship in 2 years before (2016–2017), 4 teams from Europe (EU LCS), North America (NA LCS), South Korea (LCK), and China (LPL) are started in Main Group Stage, 2 teams from Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau (LMS) and Vietnam (VCS) are started in Play-in round 2, 10 remaining teams are started in Play-in round 1. Unlike last year, loser at round 2 will be eliminated because no have round 3 in Play-in Stage.

Region League Teams[1] ID
Start in Main event's Group stage
China LPL   Royal Never Give Up RNG
Europe EU LCS   Fnatic FNC
North America NA LCS   Team Liquid TL
South Korea LCK   Kingzone DragonX KZ
Start in 2nd play-in round
TW/HK/MO LMS   Flash Wolves FW
Vietnam VCS   EVOS Esports EVS
Start in 1st play-in round
Brazil CBLOL   KaBuM! e-Sports KBM
CIS LCL   Gambit Esports GMB
Japan LJL   PENTAGRAM PGM
Latin America North LLN   Rainbow7 R7
Latin America South CLS   Kaos Latin Gamers KLG
Oceania OPL   Dire Wolves DW
Southeast Asia GPL   Ascension Gaming ASC
Turkey TCL   SuperMassive e-Sports SUP

RosterEdit

Players Coach
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
Europe (LEC) –   Fnatic
  Bwipo
(Gabriël Rau)
  Broxah
(Mads-Brock Pedersen)
  Caps
(Rasmus Winther)
  Rekkles
(Martin Larsson)
  Hylissang
(Zdravets Iliev Galabov
Здравец Илиев Гълъбов)
  Dylan Falco
(Dylan Falco)
  sOAZ
(Paul Boyer)
North America (LCS) –   Team Liquid
  Impact
(Jeong Eon-yeong
정언영)
  Xmithie
(Jake Puchero)
  Pobelter
(Eugene Park)
  Doublelift
(Yiliang Peter Peng)
  Olleh
(Kim Ju-seong
김주성)
  Heart
(Lee Gwan-hyeong
이관형)
  Joey
(Joseph Haslemann)
China (LPL) –   Royal Never Give Up
  Letme
(Yan Junze
严君泽)
  mlxg
(Liu Shiyu
刘世宇)
  Xiaohu
(Li Yuanhao
李元浩)
  Uzi
(Jian Zihao
简自豪)
  Ming
(Shi Senming
史森明)
  Heart
(Lee Gwan-hyeong
이관형)
  Karsa
(Hung Hau-Hsuan
洪浩軒)
South Korea (LCK) –   Kingzone DragonX
  Khan
(Kim Ju-seong
김주성)
  Peanut
(Han Wang-ho
한왕호)
  Bdd
(Gwak Bo-seong
곽보성)
  PraY
(Kim Jong-in
김종인)
  GorillA
(Kang Beom-hyeon
강범현)
  ActScene
(Yeon Hyeong-mo
연형모)
  Cuzz
(Moon Woo-chan
문우찬)
Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau (LMS) –   Flash Wolves
  Hanabi
(Su Chia-Hsiang
蘇嘉祥)
  Moojin
(Kim Mu-jin
김무진)
  Maple
(Huang Yi-Tang
黃熠棠)
  Betty
(Lu Yu-Hung
盧禹宏)
  SwordArT
(Hu Shuo-Chieh
胡碩傑)
  WarHorse
(Chen Ju-Chih
陳如治)
  Morning
(Chen Kuan-Ting
陳冠廷)
Vietnam (VCS) –   EVOS Esports
  Stark
(Phan Công Minh)
  YiJin
(Nguyễn Lê Hải Đăng)
  Warzone
(Đoàn Văn Ngọc Sơn)
  Slay
(Nguyễn Ngọc Hùng)
  RonOP
(Lê Thiên Hàn)
  Violet
(Ngô Mạnh Quyền)
  Beyond
(Trương Vĩnh Thanh)
Brazil (CBLOL) –   KaBuM! e-Sports
  Zantins
(Luccas Zanqueta)
  Ranger
(Filipe Brombilla)
  dyNquedo
(Matheus Rossini)
  Titan
(Alexandre Lima)
  Riyev
(Marcelo Carrara)
  Nuddle
(Jean-François Caron)
  Atlanta
(Guilherme Matos)
Commonwealth of Independent States (LCL) –   Gambit Esports
  PvPStejos
(Alexander Glazkov
Олександр Глазков)
  Diamondprox
(Danil Reshetnikov
Данил Решетников)
  Kira
(Mykhailo Harmash
Михайло Гармаш)
  Lodik
(Stanislav Kornelyuk
Станислав Корнелюк)
  Edward
(Edward Abgaryan
Եդւարդ Աբգարյան)
  ATRemains
(Igors Radkevič)
  Seigimitsu
(Evgeny Podlobnikov
Евгений Подлобников)
Japan (LJL) –   PENTAGRAM
  Paz
(Shiro Sasaki
佐々木 (ささき) 志郎 (しろう))
  Once
(Jang Se-yeong
장세영)
  Ramune
(Osamu Ozawa
小澤 (おざわ) (おさむ))
  YutoriMoyashi
(Yuta Noguchi
野口 (のぐち) 悠太 (ゆうた))
  Gaeng
(Yang Gwang-woo
양광우)
  34
(Kim Dong-hun
김동훈)
Latin America North (LLN) –   Rainbow7
  Jirall
(Daniel del Castillo)
  Oddie
(Sebastián Niño)
  Seiya
(Édgar Bracamontes)
  WhiteLotus
(Matías Musso)
  Genthix
(Mariano Polonsky)
  Yeti
(Rodrigo del Castillo)
  Manu
(Manuel Villa)
Latin America South (CLS) –   Kaos Latin Gamers
  Nate
(Damian Rea)
  Tierwulf
(Sebastián Mateluna)
  Plugo
(Joaquín Pérez)
  Fix
(Nicolás Sayago)
  Slow
(Eduardo Garcés)
  Pierre
(Misael Di Ciancia)
  Zealot
(Rodrigo Guerrero)
Oceania (OPL) –   Dire Wolves
  Chippys
(Ryan Short)
  Shernfire
(Shern Tai)
  Triple
(Stephen Li)
  k1ng
(Calvin Truong)
  Cupcake
(Andy van der Vyver)
  Sharp
(Curtis Morgan)
  Getback
(Jarod Tucker)
Southeast Asia (LST) –   Ascension Gaming
  Rockky
(Atit Phaomuang
อธิศ เผ่าเมือง)
  Intreso
(Sanpett Marat
สันเพชร มารัตน์)
  G4
(Nuttapong Menkasikan
นัฐพงษ์ เม้นกะสิการ)
  Lloyd
(Juckkirsts Kongubon
จักรกฤษณ์ คงอุบล)
  Rich
(Warich Kittiwattanawong
วริชญ์ กิตติวัฒนาวงศ์)
  Cabbage
(Akarawat Wangsawat
อัครวัฒน์ หวังสวัสดิ์)
Turkey (TCL) –   SuperMassive eSports
  fabFabulous
(Asım Cihat Karakaya)
  Stomaged
(İlyas Furkan Güngör)
  GBM
(Lee Chang-seok
이창석)
  Zeitnot
(Berkay Aşıkuzun)
  SnowFlower
(No Hoi-jong
노회종)
  Irean
(Heo Yeong-cheol
허영철)
  Secaf Reis
(Sercan Çevikoğlu)

VenuesEdit

Berlin, Paris were the two cities chosen to host the competition.

  Berlin, Germany   Paris, France
Play-in Stage & Main Group Stage Playoffs Stage
EU LCS Studio Zénith Paris
Capacity: 174 Capacity: 9,000

Play-In StageEdit

Round 1Edit

First place teams of each group advance to round 2 of the stage

Draw [10]

Only 2 teams of each pool is drawn into a group.

Pool 1 Pool 2
  Gambit Esports   Ascension Gaming
  KaBuM! e-Sports   Dire Wolves
  Rainbow7   Kaos Latin Gamers
  SuperMassive eSports   PENTAGRAM
Group A [10]
# Team ~ GMB R7 KLG ASC W L ±
1   Gambit Esports GMB ~ 2–0 2–0 1–1 5 1 4
2   Rainbow7 R7 0–2 ~ 1–1 2–0 3 3 0
3   Kaos Latin Gamers KLG 0–2 1–1 ~ 1–1 2 4 −2
3   Ascension Gaming ASC 1–1 0–2 1–1 ~ 2 4 −2
Group B [10]
# Team ~ SUP KBM DW PGM W L ±
1   SuperMassive eSports SUP ~ 1–1 2–0 2–0 5 1 4
2   KaBuM! e-Sports KBM 1–1 ~ 1–1 2–0 4 2 2
3   Dire Wolves DW 0–2 1–1 ~ 1–1 2 4 −2
4   PENTAGRAM PGM 0–2 0–2 1–1 ~ 1 5 −4

Round 2Edit

Random draw. Winners of the series advance to group stage. Losers will be eliminated.

Match 1
   
1   EVOS Esports 3
2   SuperMassive eSports 1
Match 2
   
1   Flash Wolves 3
2   Gambit eSports 0

As the highest ranking emerging region in the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, Vietnam (VCS) was given a direct spot in the main event at the 2018 World Championship, which was awarded to their summer champions.

Group stageEdit

Double Round Robin. Top 4 teams advance to Knock-out stage.

# Team ~ RNG FW KZ FNC TL EVS W L ±
1   Royal Never Give Up RNG ~ 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 7 3 4
2   Flash Wolves FW 1–1 ~ 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 7 3 4
3   King-Zone DragonX KZ 1–1 0–2 ~ 1–1 2–0 2–0 6 4 2
4   Fnatic FNC 0–2 1–1 1–1 ~ 1–1 1–1 4 6 -2
5   Team Liquid TL 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 ~ 1–1 4 6 −2
6   EVOS Esports EVS 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 ~ 2 8 −4
1st place tiebreak
   
  Flash Wolves Loss
  Royal Never Give Up Win
4th place tiebreak
   
  Fnatic Win
  Team Liquid Loss

China, Europe, South Korea and TW/HK/MO will get pool 1 in 2018 World Championship Main Group Stage for Summer split Champion. North America and Vietnam will get pool 2.

Knockout stageEdit

  • 1st place team of Group Stage chooses between 3rd and 4th place to be their semifinal opponent (RNG chooses FNC)
  • Matches are best of five
Semifinals Finals
      
1   Royal Never Give Up 3
4   Fnatic 0
  Royal Never Give Up 3
  King-Zone DragonX 1
2   Flash Wolves 1
3   King-Zone DragonX 3

RankingEdit

Place Region League Teams PS1 PS2 GS SF Final
1st China LPL   Royal Never Give Up 7–3 3–0 3–1
2nd South Korea LCK   King-Zone DragonX 6–4 3–1 1–3
3rd–4th TW/HK/MO LMS   Flash Wolves 3–0 7–3 1–3
Europe EU LCS   Fnatic 4–6 0–3
5th North America NA LCS   Team Liquid 4–6
6th Vietnam VCS   EVOS Esports 3–1 2–8
7th–8th Turkey TCL   SuperMassive e-Sports 5–1 1–3
CIS LCL   Gambit Esports 5–1 0–3
9th–10th Brazil CBLOL   KaBuM! e-Sports 4–2
Latin America North LLN   Rainbow7 3–3
11th Oceania OPL   Dire Wolves 2–4
12th–13th Latin America South CLS   Kaos Latin Gamers 2–4
Southeast Asia GPL   Ascension Gaming 2–4
14th Japan LJL   PENTAGRAM 1–5

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "2018 Mid-Season Invitational: Schedule released – RealSport". RealSport. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  3. ^ "League of Legends Gives Baron a Conqueror Skin". WWG. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  4. ^ "Uzi finally meets his destiny by claiming the MSI crown with RNG". Dot Esports.
  5. ^ "[KR Reaction] MSI Finals: "The PC is overheated generating all those CS for Uzi"".
  6. ^ "The MSI Final for League of Legends becomes the most watched esports match ever". destructoid.
  7. ^ "Over 127 million people watched the MSI Final, making it the most watched esports match in history".
  8. ^ "Which LCS team will survive and advance at MSI?". Dot Esports.
  9. ^ "RNG and KINGZONE have always been desperately close to greatness". Dot Esports.
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