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Viego will be disabled for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational

After multiple issues that have affected competitive play, the Ruined King will not be an option enabled in regional leagues’ Playoffs and in the MSI 2021.
Viego will be disabled for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational

Since its official launch a few weeks ago, the Ruined King has enjoyed great prominence within the Summoner's Rift, both for his power that has kept him within the high tiers, as well as for the myriad problems he has caused in the environment of the game.

And it is that since his arrival, pro players have not had the opportunity to show Viego's true potential due to multiple bugs that have become apparenty when using him, ranging from visual issues with his skills, to game-breakers that have made him an unstable champion for competitive play, as we can see in this video courtesy of Vandiril.

On 26th March, after much speculation, the Head of Esports for League of Legends in Europe & MENA, Maximilian Schmidt, has confirmed that Viego will not be available as part of the roster of eligible champions for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, which will take place in Iceland in May.

This is due to Riot Games' rather "safe-than-sorry" approach to their premier esport, where competitive integrity is at the forefront of their minds at all times.

"While it is of course unfortunate to not have Viego [as] part of the competitive meta game, we strongly believe this was the right decision given his current status for competitive play," Schmidt commented in an interview for The Loadout.

According to Riot Games' official pro play guidelines, "new champions and VGUs must be enabled for Playoffs in all four of the top regions in order to be playable at the next international tournament.", which in this case has not been possible.

While Viego will continue to be available to all within the normal and ranked queues, it appears that we will have to wait until the Summer Split to see the Ruined King in action.