First announced on 13th May, the League of Legends Mid-Season Cup was a tournament designed to fill the void left behind by the Mid-Season Invitational’s cancellation.
The event however could spark a new tradition if it goes down particularly well, as the top four teams from the LCK and LPL compete for a huge prize pool.
Craving world class League of Legends play? Here’s what you need to know about the Mid-Season Cup.
When is the Mid-Season Cup?
The Mid-Season Cup starts on Thursday 28th May and concludes with the finals on Sunday 31st May, seeing the top four teams from the LCK and LPL compete for glory.
The Mid-Season Cup is a replacement of sorts for the Mid-Season Invitational, which was cancelled on 23rd April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FunPlus Phoenix won Worlds 2019 (Picture: Riot Games)
What is the format and prize pool?
Teams are competing for a $600,000 prize pool, set to be distributed across the top ranking teams.
In the group stage of the tournament, teams are divided into two groups where they’ll compete in a round-robin format. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage while the bottom two teams are eliminated.
In the knockout stage, matches are in a best-of-five format in a single elimination bracket.
What teams are competing?
Teams are divided into two groups based on their standings in the LCK and LPL. The first and fourth placed teams from each region are placed into one group, while the second and third positions are put into the other.
The Mid-Season Cup starts on Thursday (Picture: Riot Games)
- Top Esports
- FunPlus Phoenix
- DAMWON Gaming
- JD Gaming
- Gen. G Esports
- Invictus Gaming
What is the schedule?
Thursday 28th May
FunPlus Phoenix vs T1 - 3pm CST/ 9pm BST
Top Esports vs DAMWON - 4pm CST/10pm BST
T1 vs DAMWON - 5pm CST/11pm BST
Top Esports vs FunPlus Phoenix - 6pm CST/12am BST
DAMWON vs FunPlus Phoenix - 7pm CST/1am BST
T1 vs Top Esports - 8pm CST/2am BST
Friday 29th May
JD Gaming vs Gen.G - 3pm CST/9pm BST
Invictus Gaming vs DragonX - 4pm CST/10pm BST
DragonX vs Gen.G - 5pm CST/11pm BST
JD Gaming vs Invictus Gaming - 6pm CST/12am BST
Gen. G vs Invictus Gaming - 7pm CST/1am BST
DragonX vs JD Gaming - 8pm CST/2am BST
The schedules are Saturday and Sunday are yet to be determined.
How can I watch the Mid Season Cup?
The Mid-Season Cup will be streamed across Riot Games official Twitch channel and the lolesports YouTube channel.