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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

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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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AOC explains how Elo Hell in League helped her prepare for Congress

Published: 28/Nov/2020 5:14

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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In her second Twitch stream, AOC hilariously explained how experiencing Elo Hell in League of Legends helped her develop the patience required for being a congresswoman.

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, affectionally known as AOC, has been open about how much she loves League of Legends in the past. The proud politician even stunned her fans and followers when she revealed she finally made Silver IV.

It might have been her first foray into the minds and hearts of gamers around the world, but it certainly wasn’t the last. In October, AOC made history when hundreds of thousands of viewers tuned in to watch her play Among Us on Twitch for the very first time.

AOC was so well-loved among streamers and viewers, they begged her to come back for a second stream. It finally happened on November 27, and it was as wholesome and entertaining as the first.

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AOC’s first ever Among Us stream on Twitch was a smash hit.

At one point during the stream, Ryan ‘Northernlion’ Letourneau asked AOC an interesting question about her League of Legends experience and her response was both understandable and hilarious.

“Do you think having to keep your cool in League of Legends chat has helped your political career when it comes to maintaining some decorum in Congress?” asked Northernlion.

“Yeah, I think so,” said AOC. “Getting caught in Elo Hell really requires so much patience. I was playing with 12-year-olds… rage quitting five minutes into a game… so it really builds your patience.”

Elo Hell is a term used to describe situations where players and their rankings are dragged down due to incompetent and toxic teammates. It’s something League of Legends players know all too well, including AOC.

AOC has always managed to come across as down-to-earth. Still, it’s comforting and kind of funny to hear an esteemed congresswoman talk about something so relatable, especially to gamers.

Elo Hell in League of Legends is the absolute pits, but at least we now know it counts for something.