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All teams confirmed for the 2019 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational

Published: 22/Apr/2019 11:35 Updated: 22/Apr/2019 11:44

by Joe O'Brien


All competitors have now been locked in for the 2019 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational.

The Mid-Season Invitational is one of the highlights of the League of Legends calendar, the game’s second-largest international competition behind the World Championship itself.

The tournament sees the Spring champions of the various regional leagues around the world come together to battle for supremacy. This year’s event is particularly highly-anticipated as the four most popular regions – North America, Europe, China, and Korea – are all sending particularly stand-out squads.

Lee ‘Faker‘ Sang-hyeok’s rebuilt SK Telecom T1 super-team swept aside favorites Griffin to reclaim the organization’s throne in the LCK. In Europe, G2 Esports’ own super-team dominated their final against Origen before Team Liquid claimed their third consecutive title in North America’s LCS with a reverse sweep over TSM. Finally, World Champions Invictus Gaming claimed their first domestic victory in the LPL.

With so many legendary teams and players in attendance, this year’s MSI is expected to be one of the most exciting in the history of the event, and perhaps one of the most competitive as well.

Riot GamesAfter a disappointing 2018, a new-look SKT will return to MSI in 2019.

Where and when is MSI 2019?

For the Season 9 iteration of the event, MSI will be taking place in Vietnam and Taiwan. The play-in stage will run from May 1 to May 7 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before moving to Hanoi for the main event group stage on May 10 to May 14. The playoffs will take place in Taipei, from May 17 to May 19.

Main Event Group Stage teams

The main event of MSI will feature a six-team group stage with a double round-robin format, with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.

Three teams are directly seeded into the group stage based on their region’s past results in international competition, with three more will qualify through the play-in stage.

The teams already qualified for the main event are:

  • G2 Esports – LEC Champions
  • Invictus Gaming – LPL Champions
  • SK Telecom T1 – LCK Champions
Riot GamesG2’s new squad will be tested internationally for the first time after dominating LEC Spring.

Play-in Stage teams

The other three teams for the main event will qualify through a Play-In stage featuring 10 teams. Round one of the Play-In will feature eight teams from the emerging regions, of which two will advance to a second round featuring the champions of the LCS and LMS. Three of the round two teams will advance to the main event.

Round 2 teams

  • Team Liquid – LCS Champions
  • Flash Wolves – LMS Champions

Round 1 teams

  • 1907 Fenerbahçe – TCL Champions
  • Phong Vũ Buffalo – VCS Champions
  • Vega Squadron – LCL Champions
  • MEGA – LST Champions
  • Bombers – OPL Champions
  • DetonatioN FM – LJL Champions
  • INTZ e-Sports – CBLOL Champions
  • Isarus Gaming – LLA Champions
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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 – Undefeated Evil Geniuses shape as early favorites

Published: 22/Jan/2021 23:10 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 23:14

by Andrew Amos


The League of Legends’ LCS is underway with the 2021’s Lock In. North America’s 10 best teams lock horns for bragging rights ahead of the Spring Split. Here’s the LCS Lock In standings, schedule, results & more to stay in the loop!

  • Evil Geniuses enter Lock In Week 2 undefeated
  • Cloud9 start the final day of Groups against Dignitas
  • 3-way tiebreaker possible in Group B

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Standings

Group A

Placements Team Games
1 100 Thieves 2 – 1
1 Team Liquid 2 – 1
1 TSM 2 – 1
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 2
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

Placements Team Games
1 Evil Geniuses 3 – 0
2 Cloud9 2 – 1
3 Dignitas 1 – 2
3 Immortals 1 – 2
5 FlyQuest 0 – 2

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians 1 – 0 CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Perkz’s Cloud9 debut doesn’t go as planned

The first day of LCK Lock In action didn’t go as planned for Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Cloud9, losing their first match of 2021 to Evil Geniuses. His 4/7/2 performance on Yone disappointed many, as Deftly shone on Kai’Sa.

100 Thieves’ new roster got off to a strong start against a new-look TSM, while CLG are 0-2 in 2021, losing to both Liquid and the rookie Golden Guardians lineup. Although they are without Broxah and Finn, the team failed to live up to their legacy.

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 1 – 0 FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals 1 – 0 Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG 1 – 0 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Evil Geniuses remain flawless at Lock In

After 100 Thieves fell down to a weakened CLG, Evil Geniuses remain the only undefeated team at Lock In. Their win against Immortals was dominant off the back of another great performance from Deftly and IgNar in bot.

Cloud9 came back strong after their disappointing loss to Evil Geniuses against FlyQuest with a near-perfect game, only losing one tower. TSM (against Golden Guardians) and Immortals (against Dignitas) also posted wins.

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid 0 – 1 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG 0 – 1 TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians – 1 Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Evil Geniuses overtake Liquid to claim ‘favorites’ mantle

Evil Geniuses have extended their undefeated streak to the end of the opening weekend, defeating Dignitas to secure a 3-0 record. Their lead was helped along by a 100 Thieves upset win over Liquid, with Can ‘Closer’ Çelik and Victor ‘FBI’ Huang dictating the mid-game in their team’s second win.

On the other end of the spectrum, Counter Logic Gaming has become the first team eliminated from playoff contention early on Day 2.

The roster — which is missing Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål and Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen due to visa issues — were punted after losing to arch-rivals TSM in a back and forth battle. Their 1-3 record leaves them without a chance to make finals.

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm