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Riot announce new location for League of Legends MSI and esports plans for 2019

Published: 28/Jan/2019 14:30 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 14:51

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games have revealed the location for the 2019 League of legends Mid-Season Invitational, as well as their esports plans for the coming season.

The Mid-Season Invitational takes place after the Spring Split of the League of Legends season, and sees the Spring champions of the various regions face off to claim supremacy for their league.

As one of just two major international tournaments in the League of Legends calendar – the other being the World Championship – the Mid-Season Invitational has typically been hosted in one of the four major regions: North America, Europe, China, and South Korea.  The only previous exception was the 2017 MSI, which was hosted in Brazil.

For 2019, however, the Mid-Season Invitational will be held in Vietnam and Taipei. The announcement comes after a big year for Vietnamese League of Legends, with the launch of the Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) and the impressive performance of VCS champions EVOS Gaming at the 2018 MSI.

Riot GamesThe 2018 Mid-Season Invitational took place in Europe and saw Royal Never Give Up take the trophy.

In 2019, Riot will also focus on growing their various amateur, semi-professional, and scholastic programs, in order to provide a path for the next generation of stars to follow.

“For League to become a truly multi-generational sport, we need to make sure that today’s amateurs have the resources and opportunity to succeed tomorrow.

For the 2019 season, we’re focusing on making sure that young gamers look to our sport as the place to dedicate their talents, and that they have a clear path to walk in order to get there.”

The video also touched on the expansion of viewer rewards. Where previously viewers would only earn rewards for watching the World Championship, this season those rewards will be on offer for viewers of several of the major leagues.

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Team Liquid set to re-sign Jensen in record-breaking $4.2 million LCS deal

Published: 27/Oct/2020 23:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team Liquid has reportedly tabled a lucrative $4.2 million dollar deal that would make off-contract mid lane star Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen the highest-paid player in LCS history, following rival Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg’s shock retirement.

Jensen has been at the center of Liquid’s League of Legends roster since 2019, when he jumped ship from Cloud9 after a Worlds semi-final run in South Korea.

The Danish mid laner, who has played in the North American league for the past six years, has already won four LCS titles with Liquid. He became a competition resident in May 2019, and has long been considered one of the league’s best.

With Bjergsen announcing his shock retirement, Jensen’s value skyrocketed. The mid laner, 25, is off-contract on Nov. 27, but seems set to stay in the blue and black of Team Liquid for another three years, according to insider Travis Gafford.

Jensen will reportedly accept the $4.2 million deal. Once he’s signed on the dotted line, the Dane will become the highest-paid LCS player the North American comp has ever had, dwarfing the previous richest contract by a long margin.

Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.
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Jensen is one of the undisputed best stars in the LCS, especially after becoming an NA resident in 2019.

Liquid also holds the soon-to-be second-highest deal, a $3.4 million contract over three years for world champion Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong. The top lane star ⁠— who claimed Worlds glory with SKT in 2013 ⁠— is reportedly leaving Liquid, however.

He will be followed out the door by Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, insider rumors have suggested. Liquid’s plans are to build around boom ADC star Edward “Tactical” Ra and 2020’s most valuable player Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in moving forward.

Liquid is also eyeing FlyQuest’s Lucas “Santorin” Larsen to round out their 2021 roster, according to sources. They have not yet officially approached the jungle star.

Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid's emerging 2021 puzzle.
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Santorin could be the final piece of Team Liquid’s emerging 2021 puzzle.

Liquid are in the process of overhauling their 2020 roster after a mixed reception at Worlds this year. The North American representatives travelled to Shanghai as the LCS third seed, and blew through the Play-Ins before chalking up a 3-3 record in groups to exit in 9th/12th.

In the process, Liquid beat European heavyweights G2 Esports and Worlds finalists Suning — who face Damwon Gaming this Saturday for the 2020 title — but a failure to make the quarter-finals has seen the team reshuffle the roster regardless.

Dexerto will keep you updated on all the LCS roster shuffles as the 2021 season approaches. Domestic League of Legends returns in early January.