Riot has officially revealed MSI 2021 schedule and here’s everything you need to know about the event.
After a year-long break due to the pandemic, the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational is finally back in 2021. And this time, the MSI is taking place in Reykjavík, Iceland with a new format.
However, the defending champion G2 Esports failed to qualify for the grand event and the VCS will yet again not be able to participate in an international tournament due to the travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
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MSI 2021 Format
Last month, Riot Games finalized the MSI groups where 11 of the best teams are divided into 3 groups. Due to the VCS issue, Group A now has 3 teams and the rest of the group has 4. The group stage is double round-robin for Groups B and C, quadruple round-robin for Group A.
Rumble or stage 2 will be a double round-robin while the Knockout stage will be a single-elimination bracket.
The whole event will be played on League of Legends patch 11.9 with both Gwen and Viego disabled.
Here’s the format of MSI 2021:
- Stage 1 (Groups)
- Teams are drawn into three groups based on seeding
- Double Round Robin for Groups B and C, Quadruple Round Robin for Group A
- Matches are best of one
- Top two teams from each group advance to Stage 2
- Stage 2 (Rumble)
- Double Round Robin
- Matches are best of one
- Top four teams advance to Stage 3
- Stage 3 (Knockout)
- Single elimination bracket
- Matches are best of five
Prize Pool: TBA
|China (LPL)||Royal Never Give Up||1|
|Europe (LEC)||MAD Lions||1|
|Korea (LCK)||DWG KIA||1|
|North America (LCS)||Cloud9||2|
|Southeast Asia (PCS)||PSG Talon||2|
|CIS (LCL)||Unicorns of Love||3|
|Latin America (LLA)||Infinity Esports||3|
|Turkey (TCL)||İstanbul Wildcats||3|
|Brazil (CBLOL)||paiN Gaming||4|
|Japan (LJL)||DetonatioN FocusMe||4|
Stage 1 (Groups)
|1||Royal Never Give Up||0-0|
|2||Unicorns of Love||0-0|
Schedule and Results
Day 1: May 6
|Time||Team 1||Team 2||Result|
|6:00 AM PT||DWG KIA||Cloud9|
|7:00 AM PT||Infinity Esports||DetonatioN FocusMe|
|8:00 AM PT||Royal Never Give Up||Pentanet.GG|
|9:00 AM PT||Pentanet.GG||Unicorns of Love|
|10:00 AM PT||fastPay Wildcats||paiN Gaming|
|11:00 PM PT||MAD Lions||PSG Talon|
Day 2: May 7
|Time||Team 1||Team 2||Results|
|6:00 AM PT||Pentanet.GG||Royal Never Give Up|
|7:00 AM PT||Unicorns of Love||Royal Never Give Up|
|8:00 AM PT||Infinity Esports||DWG KIA|
|9:00 AM PT||DetonatioN FocusMe||Cloud9|
|10:00 AM PT||fastPay Wildcats||MAD Lions|
|11:00 PM PT||paiN Gaming||PSG Talon|
Will will continuously update each day’s schedule.
How to watch MSI 2021?
While logged into lolesports.com, watch live games or VODs from the current split of a professional league to earn: Blue Essence, a Hextech Chest + Key, and a lolesports.com exclusive Emote that you can spam repeatedly when you walk away from that team fight with 5 HP left and a K in your K/D/A!
500 Blue Essence:
- Watch 1 live MSI game or VOD on lolesports.com and snag yourself 500 Blue Essence!
Hextech Chest & Key:
- Watch 5 additional games on lolesports.com and earn a hextech chest and a key to open it! (6 games of MSI total)
LOL Esports Exclusive Too Bad! Emote:
- Watch 10 more games of MSI on lolesports.com and snag our LOL Esports 2021 exclusive Too Bad! Emote!
These missions will be live from 29.04. at 8:00 PM CEST until 29.05.at 08:59 PM CEST!
Drops and Rewards
Drops are back in celebration of the MSI 2021.
“Since launching Drops in Summer of 2020, we’ve been listening to your feedback and have been working to improve the experience,” Riot said. “This year, as we celebrate the best teams in each league at the mid-year mark, log in to lolesports.com and watch live MSI games for a chance to grab some cool rewards!”
All the drops will be flagged as Rare or Hyper-Rare and you’ll get some additional callouts when you get it. Additionally, there will also be surprise rewards such as sweepstakes entries, rare branded Hextech Chests, discounts, and chances to get exclusive content.