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Mid-Season Invitational 2021: Schedule, prize pool, format, how to watch, more

After a year of absence due to the pandemic, the biggest event of the League of Legends mid-season is back stronger than ever.

The Mid-Season Invitational, the second most important international League of Legends tournament behind Worlds, will be back in 2021 after being cancelled last year due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Twelve of the best teams from around the world will set off for Reykjavík, Iceland, the host city for what is set to be an epic battle to conquer the Summoner's Rift and to rise as the new champions and taking the MSI crown from G2 who defeated Team Liquid back in 2019.

Now, the time has come to review everything that awaits us at the Mid-Season Invitational for its 2021 edition.

2021 Mid-Season Invitational: The teams

The event will bring together the best teams from each of League of Legends’ regional leagues, with the champions of all 12 regions automatically qualifying, after winning their respective Playoffs that will take place during the month of April.

The dates for each regions playoff is as follows:

  • LPL (China): 18th April
  • LEC (Europe): 11th April
  • LCK (Korea): 10th April
  • LCS (North America): 11th April
  • PCS (Southeast Asia): 18th April
  • VCS (Vietnam): 18th April
  • LCL (Russia & CIS): 17th April
  • TCL (Turkey): TBD
  • LLA (Latin America): 10th April
  • LJL (Japan): 11th April
  • CBLOL (Brazil): 18th April
  • LCO (Oceania): 10th April

2021 Mid-Season Invitational: The format

Unlike past years, the MSI 2021 format will be very different, with the scoop that the Play-In Stage will no longer exist, but instead, all teams will start from the Group Stage.

Group Stage

The participating teams will be divided into three groups of four teams, where they will have to face each other in a double round-robin format, having a format similar to that of the Worlds Play-In Stage.

After a random draw, the placement of the groups for this phase has been as follows:

MSI 2021 explainer schedule format prize pool
The various region's qualified teams will be entered into the groups as seen above. (Picture: Riot Games)

The best two teams in each group at the end of the round and after subsequent tie-breaks will qualify for the next phase.

Rumble Stage

Being the classic six-team phase of the MSI, here all the best teams of the Group Stage will face each other in a double round-robin format, where the best four teams will advance to the final phase.

Knockout Stage

Starting from the semifinals, this will have a single-elimination bracket in which the first place of the Rumble Stage will be able to choose their opponent from those classified in third and fourth place.

Once done, the teams will play best-of-five matches, with the winners advancing to the finals for the MSI championship title.

2021 Mid-Season Invitational: Prize pool

As is customary at MSI, there will be a prize pool that will increase according to the profits that are collected from the sale of the Conqueror skins and other exclusive content released for the event, with a base amount of $ 250,000 USD offered up by Riot Games.

Conqueror Nautilus MSI 2021
Conqueror Nautilus. (Picture: Riot Games)

At the moment, the distribution of the prizes has not been announced, due to the change in format and other changes regarding the regional leagues, however, this will be updated as announced.

In addition to the prize money, Riot has announced two features that will impact the Worlds 2021 pools, as the winning region of the MSI will obtain an extra seed within the maximum annual competition of LoL.

In turn, the best-ranked region according to Riot's power ranking will also receive an additional seed in Worlds. However, if this region became the winner of the MSI, the seed will be awarded to the second-highest ranked region.

MSI 2021 G2 Esports
G2 Esports, current LEC & MSI champions. (Picture: Riot Games)

2021 Mid-Season Invitational: How to watch

With the groups already drawn, it only remains to wait for the date of the event to approach to know the schedules of each of the games of the Group Stage.

You can follow all the matches of the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational and the top leagues of the League of Legends competitive through League of Legends' official Twitch channel and the LoL Esports YouTube channel.

The 2021 Mid-Season Invitational will take place live from the Laugardalshöll in Reykjavík, Iceland from 6-22th May.

We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.