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The 2018 Mid-Season Invitational Schedule & Format

Posted 2nd May 2018 By: Derpina

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Esports News – The 2018 Mid-Season Invitational is fast approaching. Tomorrow until May 20, 2018, esports fans and gamers will witness the world’s best teams fight to the death for massive prize pools and the most coveted MSI title. The competition is the second-largest annual League of Legends tournament, with the LoL World Championships being the first.

The pressure is on for the 14 invited regions participating: China, Europe, Korea, North America, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao, Vietnam, Brazil, CIS, Latin America North, Turkey, Japan, Latin America South, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. The fans and critics’ expectations heavily follow the representatives from the recent Spring and Summer Split championships. The winners from these LoL teams will take a portion of the prize pool, medals, and trophies. But apart from those, 25 percent of the sales from the new Conqueror Varus and Conqueror Ward skins will be added to the first placer’s purse.

Tournament format

The invited teams are to compete in two main stages: Play-In and Main Event. The Play-In features the group stages where eight teams participate and will be divided into two groups with four teams each. After that, they have to face the opposing sides in double round-robin and best-of-one (BO1) formats. The winners of each group advance to Round 2 where only four teams will participate. Two are directly seeded from Taiwan and Vietnam, while the other two are the winners of Round 1. Group winners are randomly drawn against one of the directly seeded teams, and all will follow BO5 matches.

The Main Event contains the Group and Knockout Stage. In the Group Stage, six teams go head-to-head in double round robin—four of which are directly seeded from Korea, China, Europe and North America while the two advancing teams are from the Play-In. The top 4 teams will all proceed to the Knockout Stage with single elimination bracket and BO5 matches, but the main winner of the Group Stage has the power to choose between the 3rd and 4th places to be their semi-final opponent.

Tournament schedule

The Play-In stage will be held at the LCS studio in Berlin, and the Group and Knockout stages will move to Paris right after Round 2. See the schedule below:

Play-In Stage (Round Robin)

Day one: May 3 at 7 AM ET/1pm CEST (7:00 AM to 12 PM)

  • Gambit Esports
  • Kaos Latin Gamers
  • Rainbow7
  • Ascension Gaming

Day two: May 4 at 7 AM ET/1pm CEST (7:00 AM to 12 PM)

  • BAUSuperMassive Esports
  • Dire Wolves
  • KaBuM! E-sports
  • PENTAGRAM

Day three: May 5 at 5 AM ET/1pm CEST (5:00 AM to 10:00 AM)

  • Gambit Esports
  • Kaos Latin Gamers
  • Rainbow7
  • Ascension Gaming

Day four: May 6 at 5 AM ET/1pm CEST (5:00 AM TO 10:00 AM)

  • BAUSuperMassive Esports
  • Dire Wolves
  • KaBuM! E-sports
  • PENTAGRAM

The opponents of the top invited teams in the Knockout and Group Stage rounds will be revealed after the Play-In, but expect to see Flash Wolves, Fnatic, KING-ZONE DragonX, and Team Liquid in the lineup.

Written by Derpina