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League of Legends 2019 Mid-Season Invitational schedule announced

Published: 22/Mar/2019 11:30 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 11:46

by Joe O'Brien


Riot Games have revealed when and where the world’s best League of Legends teams will face off in the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

The Mid-Season Invitational is one of the highlights of the League of Legends calendar. Aside from the World Championship itself, MSI is the only time that all of the major regions face off against one another.

Unlike Worlds, the Mid-Season Invitational is a tournament of champions – only one team from each region will compete, the winners of the Spring splits in their respective regions.

This year, the teams will head to Vietnam and Chinese Taipei, with three different locations playing host to the event.

The tournament will kick off with a play-in stage in which ten teams, representatives of the developing regions as well as North America’s LCS and Taiwan’s LMS, will fight for three spots in the main group stage, where representatives of China, South Korea, and Europe will be waiting.

Riot GamesRoyal Never Give Up claimed the MSI title in 2018.

The main event group stage will consist of a double round-robin, with the top four teams then advancing to the single-elimination bracket of the knockout stage.

Stage schedule:

  • Play-In Stage: May 1-7 at GG Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Group Stage: May 10-14 at National Convention Center in Hanoi
  • Knockout Stage (Semifinals & Finals): May 17-19 at Heping Basketball Gymnasium in Taipei

Tickets for the Play-In Stage and Group Stage will first go on sale on March 25, while a second wave of Group Stage tickets as well as the Knockout Stage tickets will go on sale on April 1. More information about tickets can be found on the League of Legends website.

So far, none of the major regions have completed their Spring playoffs, so exactly which teams will be representing their regions remains to be seen. As things stand, however, favorites look to be Griffin in South Korea, G2 Esports in Europe, and Team Liquid in North America, several teams hover at similar records in China’s LPL.


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

Published: 28/Nov/2020 5:14

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


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.