MSI LoL Power Rankings 2021
Now that all the Spring Splits have finally ended, the winning teams will have a chance to compete at the first LoL international tournament of 2021, the Mid-Season Invitational. As usual, we prepared our LoL MSI Rankings with a total of 11 teams ready to compete for the trophy.
After an extremely successful Worlds 2020, the competition stepped up, even more, this year. Some of the more established organizations didn’t make it. Therefore, we will see some new faces in the competition which might surprise us.
MSI 2021 Power Rankings
In this MSI Power Rankings list, we will look at each region’s representative. The rankings will be from last to first so make sure to read to the end to find out which team we think is the strongest right now.
While MSI is a 12-team competition, the representative from the VCS Gam Esports won’t be able to take part in the event due to Covid-19 restrictions. Thus, we are going to have a total of 11 teams. MSI will start on May 6th, so make sure to tune in to enjoy your games and earn your rewards!
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The first team on our MSI power rankings is going to be Pentanet.GG, the representative of the new Oceanic League, the LCO.
After a more than decent performance at Worlds 2020 by Legacy Esports, Oceania is slowly improving its overall competitiveness. The LCO marks a new start for Oceania and its professional scene, as Pentanet.GG will try to impress fans with their playstyle.
The roster is full of Australian players and the team plays in a textbook manner: a mid-bot oriented team, with the jungler helping the lanes to get leads. The results in the Australian League were very positive: just one loss in the regular split with strong records in the playoffs.
Now that they got to MSI, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Their main goal will be learning from the better regions and see how they will compare to stronger teams.
10. Detonation Focus Me
The Japanese representative is the next on our MSI Rankings. With its very small league, it is not very surprising that the Japanese competitive scene still needs to grow. Nevertheless, DFM is a team that made a big difference in their regions, also thanks to the two Korean imports, jungler Mun “Steal” Geon-yeong and midlaner Lee “Aria” Ga-eul.
The team loves putting resources onto Aria and give him all the tools to carry the team to victory. It has worked very well so far, as Aria piloted many different champions, showing that he has a wide champion pool.
After a disastrous Worlds 2020 from the LJL representative, DFM is looking to bounce back at MSI 2021 and show that they have the talent to compete.
9. Infinity Esports
The LLA is one of the rising regions that is looking to establish itself as a competitive. Infinity Esports managed to qualify after beating Furious Gaming in a long 5-game series.
The roster relies a lot on getting early advantages through the laning phase, hoping to snowball the game from there with objective control. They seem a lot more comfortable playing on the red side and give the counter picks and have an edge in the early stages of the game.
Despite their strength, finding individual advantages will be hard when facing stronger opponents. This is why, even if they are considered a pool 3 team, they are lower in our MSI Power Rankings.
8. paiN Gaming
Next on our list is also another team from Latin America. This time, however, it’s from Brazil. PaiN Gaming had to go through a hard playoff run to get to MSI. And things will not be getting any easier…
The team is very aggressive and that is surely a strength that they need to work around. By accelerating the game, paiN Gaming can have multiple threats at the same time to create openings.
What comes with aggressiveness, however, is volatility. The probability of messing up can increase by quite a lot when playing at the limit… It’s something that players will have to work on if they want to have a good showing at the tournament.
7. FastPay Wildcats (Istanbul Wildcats)
The TCL has established itself as a region full of rising talents. Many current strong players started there and found opportunities to play in the major regions.
This year, the TCL brings a full domestic team, with 5 Turkish players. They like playing with objective control and always look for skirmishes around the map, hoping to get leads both in gold and experience.
After a strong showing by SuperMassive Esports last year at Worlds, the TCL wants to show everyone that they’re not a minor region anymore… and their performance convinced us to put them 7th on our MSI Power Rankings.
6. Unicorns of Love
Now that we covered the minor regions, it’s time to take it up a notch. Starting off with the LCL, we have one of the legacy teams of Europe, Unicorns of Love.
The team had a relatively easy run in playoffs, qualifying by beating CrowCrowd in the finals with a quick 3-1. We got the prediction right on the outcome of the series in our latest article, and we believe that UoL will surprise us at MSI.
Make sure to keep an eye out on them: they are stronger than it seems…
Cloud9 made big headlines during the off-season, with the Perkz transfer. The team took some time to find the chemistry and get into the groove. Once that was achieved, Cloud9 looked better the more they played.
The Finals against Team Liquid were absolutely a banger: make sure to watch it if you want to be entertained. With that being said, Cloud9 still has a lot of catchups to do compared to teams from the other major regions. Moreover, there’s another team next on our list that can be a strong contender in this tournament.
4. PSG Talon
The team backed by the French Football team has made quite a big feat this split: they lost only once and demolished everyone during playoffs.
Despite being a 2nd pool team, PSG Talon wants to reciprocate last year’s Worlds performance, when they won against teams like Rogue & JDG. The individual talent is there and it will be a matter of whether their team play will catch up with the competition.
Now that we’ve covered up until the 4th place, it’s time to look at the best 3 teams on our MSI Power Rankings!
3. MAD Lions
After many years of the G2-Fnatic rivalry, LEC crowned its new kings: the MAD Lions. Their victory is the perfect representation of the new wave of talent that is rising from the amateur scenes in Europe.
MAD showcased big success last year already, but this year they impressed even more. Thanks to the roster swaps in the top-jungle, they were able to beat G2 and Rogue to win the LEC Playoffs. Their performance at the international stages will be extremely important EU: it will be an indicator of the competitiveness of the region, and some of the expectations when Worlds 2021 will come around.
With that being said, the Lions now have a big test coming up… and the pressure will be on them.
Royal Never Give Up shocked everyone at the LPL Finals, beating the favorite Fun Plus Phoenix in dominant fashion. No one expected RNG to win, but they deserved it with their performance.
MVP of the series Chen “GALA” Wei reminded us of the legendary Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, with an insane pentakill to top it off. China is looking to get revenge after losing Worlds to Korea and the first step is by starting at MSI.
The top 2 teams were really close in our Power Rankings, to the point where they can be tied at first. Nevertheless, RNG had more shaky performances: that’s why we decided to put them 2nd on our list.
1. DWG Kia
And last but not the least, we have DK. It is to no surprise that we have last year’s Worlds Champions as the best team coming into MSI.
The Korean team dominated the LCK once again, demolishing 2nd place Gen.G in the playoff finals. It seems like DK is a league of their own, as they visibly created a gap between the rest of the competition.
With strong individual players across the board, it is obvious that you’d expect a very high peak from a team of this caliber. Moreover, their synergy remains strong after only a player was swapped out in the top lane.
DK is the team to beat and hardly we’ll see them losing at MSI. Any win would be a signal of a great performance from their enemies and a big boost for the rest of the season.
This concludes our MSI Power Rankings of 2021! Remember that the tournament is starting on May 6th: check the MSI odds and make big gains in the following weeks.