With the first round of the League of Legends 2019 Mid-Season Invitational concluded, the teams for round 2 have been decided. Group A saw the Vietnamese representative Phong Vũ Buffalo advancing to the second round after only dropping a single game. Group B ended quite surprisingly with Vega Squadron completely dominating its opposition. The CIS team didn’t drop a single game during the entire group stage to advance to round 2, the Play-In Knockout Stage.
The Buffalo will be playing against Team Liquid on May 6 for a spot at the main event. On the other side of the bracket, Vega Squadron will face off against the Flash Wolves on the same day for the second spot. Nevertheless, the losers of both matches will get another chance at qualifying. They will fight against each other on May 7 with the winner advancing to the main event.
This year’s event had to, unfortunately, make changes to the format just shortly before its opening. After the death of former president Le Duc Anh, Vietnam declared two days of official mourning. Coincidentally, the MSI Play-In was supposed to take place on those two days as well. The organizers cleverly solved the issue by extending the days of competition by a few games. As a result, each day saw eight games played, with day two having an additional tiebreaker game.
G2 Esports, Invictus Gaming, and SK Telecom T1 have already been seeded to the main event. The seeding is based on the region’s international success in the last two years. Whoever teams win the round 2 matches will join them in a double round robin. The top four teams will advance to the MSI Knockout Stage with the best-of-five matches. Furthermore, whichever regions qualify for the Knockout Stage will secure the top 4 seeds at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship.
Round 2 kicks off May 6 at 10 a.m. CEST/4 a.m. EST. Which teams do you predict to advance to the main event? Let us know in the comments!
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