2021 Mid-Season Invitational

The 2021 Mid-Season Invitational is the sixth Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), a Riot Games-organised tournament for League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena video game. The tournament will be the culmination of the 2021 Spring Split, the first international competition of Season 11.

2021 Mid-Season Invitational
2021 Mid-Season Invitational logo.png
Tournament information
SportLeague of Legends
Location Iceland
Dates6 May–23 May
Administrator(s)Riot Games
Venue(s)Laugardalshöll (Reykjavík)
Teams11
← 2019
2022 →

Each of the 12 premier League of Legends leagues have a team representing them. This is the first edition in which all competitive regions began in the same stage of the tournament, unlike previous years where the winners of the minor leagues had to win play-in matches to face teams from the larger regions.[1][2]

The tournament will be hosted in Iceland from 6 to 23 May 2021. All of the matches will be held in the Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

FormatEdit

The format for 2021 replaces the Play-In stage used from 2017 to 2019 with a Group Stage featuring all regions. The 12 teams were seeded into 3 groups from 4 seeding pools. This is the first time that teams from Europe (LEC), South Korea (LCK) and China (LPL) will not automatically qualify for the second stage (known as the Rumble Stage, formerly the Group Stage of the Main Event) but have to compete with all remaining teams.

The top two teams in each group in Group Stage qualify for the Rumble Stage, a six team double round robin. The top four teams of the Rumble Stage advance to the single elimination Knockout Stage.

The winning team earns their region an additional bid to the League of Legends World Championship.

Qualified teamsEdit

The number of regions decreased from 13 at MSI 2019 to 12, due to the merger of Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau (LMS) and Southeast Asian (LST) professional leagues into the PCS for 2020.

Pools of Group Stage are determined by the achievements of regions during the MSI and Worlds events from the two years prior.

Due to national travel restrictions related to COVID-19 in Vietnam, the VCS champions ⁠⁠GAM Esports are unable to participate.

Region League Teams ID Pool
China LPL   Royal Never Give Up RNG 1
Europe LEC   MAD Lions MAD
South Korea LCK   DWG KIA DK
North America LCS   Cloud9 C9 2
TW/HK/MO/SEA PCS   PSG Talon PSG
Vietnam VCS   GAM Esports GAM
CIS LCL   Unicorns of Love UOL 3
Latin America LLA   Infinity Esports INF
Turkey TCL   Istanbul Wildcats IW
Brazil CBLOL   paiN Gaming PNG 4
Japan LJL   DetonatioN FocusMe DFM
Oceania LCO   Pentanet.GG PGG

RosterEdit

Players Coach
Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
Europe (LEC) –   MAD Lions
  Armut
(İrfan Berk Tükek)
  Elyoya
(Javier Prades Batalla)
  Humanoid
(Marek Brázda)
  Carzzy
(Matyáš Orság)
  Kaiser
(Norman Kaiser)
  Mac
(James MacCormack)
China (LPL) –   Royal Never Give Up
  Xiaohu
(Li Yuanhao)
  Wei
(Yan Yangwei)
  Cryin
(Yuan Chengwei)
  GALA
(Chen Wei)
  Ming
(Shi Senming)
  Tabe
(Wong Pak-kan)
  Xiaobai (sub.)
(Yang Zhonghe)
  Xiaohu (sub.)
(Li Yuanhao)
  Poppy
(Chang Po-hao)
South Korea (LCK) –   DWG KIA
  Khan
(Kim Dong-ha)
  Canyon
(Kim Geon-bu)
  ShowMaker
(Heo Su)
  Ghost
(Jang Yong-jun)
  BeryL
(Cho Geon-hee)
  kkOma
(Kim Jeong-gyun)
  RangJun (sub.)
(Kim Sang-jun)
North America (LCS) –   Cloud9
  Fudge
(Ibrahim Allami)
  Blaber
(Robert Huang)
  Perkz
(Luka Perković)
  Zven
(Jesper Svenningsen)
  Vulcan
(Philippe Laflamme)
  Reignover
(Kim Yeu-jin)
Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau/Southeast Asia (PCS) –   PSG Talon
  Hanabi
(Su Chia-hsiang)
  River
(Kim Dong-woo)
  Maple
(Huang Yi-tang)
  Doggo[a]
(Chiu Tzu-chuan)
  Kaiwing
(Ling Kai-wing)
  Helper
(Kwon Yeong-jae)
  Winged
(Park Tae-jin)
Brazil (CBLOL) –   paiN Gaming
  Robo
(Leonardo Souza)
  Cariok
(Marcos Santos)
  tinowns
(Thiago Sartori)
  brTT
(Felipe Gonçalves)
  Luci
(Han Chang-hoon)
  Nova
(Ahmet Yılmaz)
  Dionrray
(João Pedro Barbosa)
Commonwealth of Independent States (LCL) –   Unicorns of Love
  BOSS
(Vladislav Fomin)
  AHaHaCiK
(Kirill Skvortsov)
  Nomanz
(Lev Yakshin)
  Lodik
(Stanislav Kornelyuk)
  SaNTaS
(Aleksandr Lifashin)
  Sheepy
(Fabian Mallant)
Japan (LJL) –   DetonatioN FocusMe
  Evi
(Shunsuke Murase)
  Steal
(Moon Geon-yeong)
  Aria
(Lee Ga-eul)
  Yutapon
(Yuta Sugiura)
  Kazu
(Kazuta Suzuki)
  Yang
(Yang Gwang-pyo)
Latin America (LLA) –   Infinity Esports
  Buggax
(Mateo Aroztegui)
  SolidSnake
(Diego Vallejo Trujillo)
  cody
(Cristian Quispe)
  WhiteLotus
(Matías Musso)
  Ackerman
(Gabriel Aparicio)
  Von
(Gabriel Barbosa)
Oceania (LCO) –   Pentanet.GG
  BioPanther
(Brandon Alexander)
  Pabu
(Jackson Pavone)
  Chazz
(Jesse Mahoney)
  Praedyth
(Mark Lewis)
  Decoy
(Daniel Ealam)
  Charlie
(Charlie Wraith)
Turkey (TCL) –   Istanbul Wildcats
  StarScreen
(Soner Kaya)
  Ferret
(Hakan Mert Çakmak)
  Serin
(Tolga Ölmez)
  HolyPhoenix
(Anıl Işık)
  Farfetch
(Berk Badur)
  Robogod
(Barış Mete Sevinç)
  Janus
(Özcan Gürbüz)

VenueEdit

Reykjavík is the city chosen to host the competition. All matches will be played at Laugardalshöll without spectators.

  Reykjavík, Iceland
Laugardalshöll

Group stageEdit

  • Date and time: 6–11 May, begins at 13:00 UTC
  • Twelve teams are drawn into three groups, with four teams in each group
  • Quadruple round robin for Group A, double round robin for Groups B and C; all matches are best-of-one
  • If two teams have the same win-loss record and head-to-head record then a tiebreaker match is played
  • Top two teams will advance to the Rumble Stage; bottom two teams are eliminated

Group AEdit

⁠⁠GAM Esports was drawn in this group but unable to participate.

# Team ~ RNG PGG UOL W L T-B
1   Royal Never Give Up RNG ~ 4–0 4–0 8 0
2   Pentanet.GG PGG 0–4 ~ 2–2 2 6 W
3   Unicorns of Love UOL 0–4 2–2 ~ 2 6 L
Date Game Blue side Result Red side
6 May 1   RNG W L   PGG
2   PGG L W   UOL
7 May 3   PGG L W   RNG
4   UOL L W   RNG
8 May 5   RNG W L   UOL
6   UOL L W   PGG
9 May 7   UOL L W   RNG
8   UOL W L   PGG
9   RNG W L   PGG
10   RNG W L   UOL
11   PGG W L   UOL
12   PGG L W   RNG
T-B   UOL L W   PGG

Group BEdit

# Team ~ MAD PSG PNG IW W L
1   MAD Lions MAD ~ 2–0 2–0 1–1 5 1
2   PSG Talon PSG 0–2 ~ 2–0 2–0 4 2
3   paiN Gaming PNG 0–2 0–2 ~ 2–0 2 4
4   Istanbul Wildcats IW 1–1 0–2 0–2 ~ 1 5
Date Game Blue side Result Red side
6 May 1   IW L W   PNG
2   MAD W L   PSG
7 May 3   IW L W   MAD
4   PNG L W   PSG
8 May 5   MAD W L   PNG
6   PSG W L   IW
10 May 7   MAD L W   IW
8   PSG W L   PNG
9   IW L W   PSG
10   PNG L W   MAD
11   PNG W L   IW
12   PSG L W   MAD

Group CEdit

# Team ~ DK C9 DFM INF W L
1   DWG KIA DK ~ 1–1 2–0 2–0 5 1
2   Cloud9 C9 1–1 ~ 1–1 2–0 4 2
3   DetonatioN FocusMe DFM 0–2 1–1 ~ 1–1 2 4
4   Infinity Esports INF 0–2 0–2 1–1 ~ 1 5
Date Game Blue side Result Red side
6 May 1   DK W L   C9
2   INF W L   DFM
7 May 3   INF L W   DK
4   DFM W L   C9
8 May 5   DK W L   DFM
6   C9 W L   INF
11 May 7   C9 W L   DK
8   DFM W L   INF
9   DK W L   INF
10   C9 W L   DFM
11   DFM L W   DK
12   INF L W   C9

Rumble stageEdit

  • Date and time: 14–18 May, begins at 13:00 UTC
  • Six teams will play in a double round robin; matches are best-of-one
  • If teams have the same win-loss record and head-to-head record, then tiebreaker matches are played for first, second, and fourth place
  • Top four teams will advance to the Knockout Stage; bottom two teams are eliminated
# Team ~ DK RNG PSG MAD C9 PGG W L
1   DWG KIA DK ~ 0-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-0 7 1
2   Royal Never Give Up RNG 1-0 ~ 1-1 1-0 1-1 2-0 6 2
3   PSG Talon PSG 0-2 1-1 ~ 1-1 1-0 1-0 4 4
3   MAD Lions MAD 0-2 0-1 1-1 ~ 1-0 2-0 4 4
5   Cloud9 C9 0-2 1-1 0-1 0-1 ~ 1-1 2 6
6   Pentanet.GG PGG 0-1 0-2 0-1 0-2 1-1 ~ 1 7
Date Game Blue side Result Red side
14 May 1   DK L W   RNG
2   MAD W L   PGG
3   PSG L W   DK
4   RNG W L   C9
5   PSG W L   PGG
6   C9 L W   MAD
15 May 7   PGG L W   RNG
8   DK W L   C9
9   MAD L W   RNG
10   C9 L W   PSG
11   PGG L W   DK
12   MAD W L   PSG
16 May 13   C9 W L   PGG
14   RNG L W   PSG
15   DK W L   MAD
16   RNG W L   PGG
17   C9 L W   DK
18   PSG W L   MAD
17 May 19   PSG L W   RNG
20   MAD L W   DK
21   C9 W L   RNG
22   PGG L W   MAD
23   DK W L   PSG
24   PGG W L   C9
18 May 25   RNG   DK
26   PGG   PSG
27   RNG   MAD
28   PSG   C9
29   DK   PGG
30   MAD   C9

Knockout stageEdit

  • 1st place team from the Rumble Stage chooses between 3rd and 4th to be their semifinal opponent
  • Single elimination; matches are best-of-five
Semifinals Finals
      
1  
3/4  
 
 
2  
3/4  

SemifinalsEdit

Match 1Edit

  • Date and time: 21 May, 13:00 UTC.
Team ID Result
1  
4 or 3  
Game Blue side Result Red side
1
2
3
4
5

Match 2Edit

  • Date and time: 22 May, 13:00 UTC.
Team ID Result
2  
3 or 4  
Game Blue side Result Red side
1
2
3
4
5

FinalsEdit

  • Date and time: 23 May, 13:00 UTC
Team ID Result
  SF 1 winner
  SF 2 winner
Game Blue side Result Red side
1
2
3
4
5

RankingEdit

(*) Not including tie-break games.

Place Region League Teams GS RS SF Final
1st  
2nd  
3rd–4th  
 
5th  
6th Oceania LCO   Pentanet.GG* 2–6
7th–8th Japan LJL   DetonatioN FocusMe 2–4
Brazil CBLOL   paiN Gaming 2–4
9th–11th CIS LCL   Unicorns of Love* 2–6
Latin America LLA   Infinity Esports 1–5
Turkey TCL   Istanbul Wildcats 1–5

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Due to health complications, player "Unified" (Wong Chun Kit) is unable to participate. Beyond Gaming's bot laner "Doggo" has been loaned to PSG Talon for the duration of the tournament.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MSI 2021 is Heading to Reykjavik, Iceland". lolesports.com. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  2. ^ Lim, Jang-won (20 April 2021). "MSI preview: 11 teams heading to Iceland; VCS unable to attend once again". Korea Herald. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  3. ^ O'Dwyer, Samuel (25 April 2021). "PSG Talon to attend MSI without their starting AD carry". Dot Esports. Retrieved 25 April 2021.