Riot Games has announced that the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland starting on May 6.
The Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) pits the Spring Split champions from each global region against each other to determine the best in the world at that point in the season. MSI serves as the counterpart to the World Championship in terms of international events, and seven different countries have hosted the tournament since it first took place in 2015. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Riot Games changes the structure of Mid-Season Invitational
Riot Games revealed that MSI 2021 will use a new tournament structure. Instead of some teams by-passing the initial stages of the tournament, all qualified teams will start in the same phase.
The tournament is now structured in three stages. The first stage will divide the twelve qualified teams into three groups of four teams, much like the group stage at the World Championship. The best two teams in each group will advance to the second stage. During the second stage, the six remaining teams will compete in a double-round. The top four teams will then advance to the knockout stage, which pits them against each other in a best-of-five single-elimination bracket to determine the overall champion.
The 2021 Mid-Season Invitational will run from May 6-23, and Riot announced that Reykjavík, Iceland will also host the second stage of Masters for the Valorant Champions Tour during the same timeframe.