The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2019 started on May 1. Each representing their own region, these top teams are battling it out to determine which region truly reigns supreme. Teams from the LCK in Korea controlled the scene for a long time until the Chinese won last year’s World Championships. European teams have also shown great improvements in recent years, which makes them contenders.
So far, no matches have been played yet for Play-In Stage Group B. In Group A, Phong Vũ Buffalo is in first place with 3 wins and 1 loss, with 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports and Bombers tying for 2nd place. In fourth place, Isurus Gaming has 1 win and 3 losses. You can check schedule and current standings at the official website.
Thirteen teams will be competing at MSI 2019. They include the following:
The tournament’s initial stage, the Play-In, take place in Ho Chi Minh City between May 1 and May 7. The next stage, the group stage, will occur in Hanoi from May 10 to May 14. Then the knockout stage and grand finals will play out in Taipei, from May 17 to May 19. Because of the death of former Vietnamese President Lê Đức Anh, Vietnam declared two days of official mourning that will take place between May 3 and 4. This event will be the only change in the schedule so far.
Winners of the two Play-In promotional matches and one from the elimination match will advance to the group stage. In the group stage, these three teams will face LEC’s G2 Esports from Europe, the LCK’s SKT T1 from Korea, and the LPL’s Invictus Gaming from China. The match consists of a double round robin format.
The ultimate winner of the tournament receives the usual trophy and recognition. Besides that, the teams that achieve the top four rankings also receive four seeds for their region in the 2019 World Championship Group Stage. This bonus was introduced in 2018.
A quarter of the total sales coming from the 2019 Conqueror skin will also contribute to the prize pool. Conqueror Ward and Conqueror Alistar will be available from April 30 to June 11. This will be added onto the base prize pool of $250,000.
The MSI prize pool is then split up with 40 percent going to the champion, 20 percent to second place, 10 percent for third and fourth place respectively, 5 percent for fifth and sixth place respectively, and the rest split up between eighth to 13th place. Teams that compete will also receive a 50 percent split of proceeds from sales of in-game icons.
Who do you think will take the trophy home for MSI 2019?
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