Mid-Season Invitational 2019: Teams, Venue, and Format
Posted 24th April 2019 By: Derpina    248 Views
Esports News – The Mid-Season Invitational starts next week and introduces 13 of the best League of Legends teams from 13 regions. All the participants will compete in Asia to challenge the reigning champion, China’s Royal Never Give Up. The field is now set, so here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about the tournament.
The League of Legends tournament officially starts on May 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It opens with a play-in stage where the 8 teams from wild-card regions are divided into two groups of four. The remaining contenders not included in this stage will have more time to prepare before the group stage starts. The wild-card teams will play BO1, double-round robin matches within their groups. The first place winner from each team them advances to the next stage together with the LoL Championship Series (LCS) and LoL Master Series (LMS) representatives. Before advancing to the actual group stage, a mini-tournament was prepared for the winners of LCS and LMS play-in team. Meanwhile, the losers of the matches will compete against each other for a third spot in the group stage.
Once the final three winners are decided, they will join the winners of LoL Champions Korea (LCK), Tencent LoL Pro League (LPL), and LoL European Championship (LEC) in the group stage. The 6 remaining teams then proceed to play BO1, double round-robin matches. The top 4 winners will head to the semi-finals to play in a 4-team, single-elimination bracket.
Invictus Gaming (China)
SK Telecom T1 (South Korea)
G2 Esports (Europe)
Team Liquid (North America)
Flash Wolves (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau)
Phong Vũ Buffalo (Vietnam)
1907 Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
INTZ e-Sports (Brazil)
DetonatioN FocusMe (Japan)
Isurus Gaming (Latin America)
Vega Squadron (Commonwealth of Independent States)
MEGA (Southeast Asia)
At press time, the top three seeds for the tournament feature Invictus Gaming, SK Telecom T1, and G2 Esports. All of these three teams have an impressive track record and have dominated their respective domestic finals before the Mid-Season Invitational. Despite their similarities, analysts pointed out that the skills and potentials of the top seeds will be tested through the current meta.