We are just few days away from the first big international event of the year for League of Legends. MSI (Mid-Season Invitational) 2019 will see the best teams in the world face off to see who can top off the first half of the year with an international trophy in Vietnam and Taiwan this year.
Before that, however, we need to set up the beginning stages of the tournament with the 2019 MSI Play-in Draw Show. Eight regional teams will be split into two groups for MSI’s Play-in Group Stage. Meanwhile, representatives of the LCS and LMS get a first-round bye and will head straight to the Play-in Knockout Stage.
The 10 regional teams competing in the MSI 2019 Play-ins are:
The winner from Group A will play against Team Liquid while Group B’s winner will have to go up against Flash Wolves for a spot at the group stage. The losers of the play-in knockout matches will have one last chance to qualify in an elimination match to join Invictus Gaming, G2 Esports and SK Telecom T1 at the group stage.
Thirteen teams from across the globe will be taking part in the event either in the play-in or group stage. The LPL, LEC, and LCK teams will be placed directly into the group stage, while the LMS and LCS teams will have to fight their way into that stage through the second round of the play-in format. All of the Wildcard teams will be placed into round one of the play-in stage.
Here are all of the teams attending to MSI 2019, as well as how they qualified.
LCS (North America)
LLA (Latin America)
SEA (Southeast Asia)
Just like with all major League events, MSI will be streamed on Twitch in multiple languages.
The play-in and group stage will take place in Vietnam, while the knockout round and finals will be held in Taiwan.
The play-in stage will be played at the GG Stadium (the VCS studio) in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The group stage will take place at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam. The knockout round and beyond will be played at the Heping Basketball Gymnasium in Taipei, Taiwan.
Alongside a shiny international title for the winning team, at least $1 million will be on offer to split between everyone competing. This prize pool will also increase through sales of Conqueror Alistar Skin, which is set to release before the event takes place.
The Mid-Season Invitational 2019 starts Wednesday on May 1.
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