2019 MSI Rundown: the top teams’ fights starting soon

The second biggest League of Legends tournament in the world, the Mid Season Invitationals, gathers the top teams in every region around the world. This event is a great opportunity to compare the differences between each region prior to the Worlds, later in the year. 

Prize pool

Currently, Riot has set the minimum prize pool to $1,000,000 USD. This number is set to increase depending on the level of crowdfunding from MSI related passes, skins or icons. 

When can we watch 2019 MSI?

The 2019 Mid Season Invitationals will begin on the 1st of May, lasting two and a half weeks until the 19th. It will be streamed through the usual Youtube and Twitch, along with other partner websites like Afreeca TV, Zhanqi and Douyu. 


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Participating teams 

Strangely, the 2019 MSI will host an odd number of thirteen teams. Unlike last year which had fourteen teams, this year’s MSI has combined the Latin America region (formerly North and South). Given the performance of the teams / regions from the 2018 League of Legends World Championships, North America will start in the Play In Round 2, while Vietnam will start in the Play In Round 1 stage. 

Play In Round 1 seeds

  • Brazil, CBLOL – INTZ e-Sports
  • CIS, LCL – Vega Squadron
  • Japan, LJLDetonatioN FocusMe
  • Latin America, LLAIsurus
  • Oceania, OPL – Bombers
  • Southeast Asia, LST – MEGA
  • Turkey, TCL – 1907 Fenerbahce
  • Vietnam, VCS – Phong Vu Buffalo

Play In Round 2 seeds

  • North America, LCS – Team Liquid
  • Taiwan / HK / Macao, LMS – Flash Wolves 

Main event seeds

  • China, LPL – Invictus
  • Europe, LEC – G2 Esports
  • Korea, LCK – SK Telecom T1 

Difference between seed starting positions 

There are eight Play In Round 1 Seed teams which will play first, whittling them down where only the top two will then advance to Round 2. They will then compete with the Play In Round 2 Seed teams, three of which will later advance to compete against the Main Event seed teams.