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MSI 2021: Groups Have Been Drawn

MSI 2021

It’s a little over a month until MSI 2021 features the best teams from each region to battle for an additional regional team spot at the League of Legends 2021 World Championship.

Riot Games revealed today the groups that will be facing each other next month at MSI 2021. The Mid-Season Invitational features the top team from each region which allowed them to draw ahead of the regions’ playoff results. All twelve regions were split into the four tiers below:

1 – China (LPL), Europe (LEC), Korea (LCK)
2 – North America (LCS), Vietnam (VCS), Southeast Asia (PCS)
3 – Turkey (TCL), CIS (LCL), LATAM (LLA)
4 – Japan (LJL), Brazil (CBLOL), Oceania (LCO)

These tiers were based on the results of the last two years of international tournaments such as the 2020 World Championship.

  • Group A Teams: LPL, VCS, LCL, LCO
  • Group B Teams: LEC, PCS, TCL, CBLOL
  • Group C Teams: LCK, LCS, LLA, LJL

The qualifying team from each region will be based on the regions’ respective regular-season playoff schedule. Once the final teams are determined, they will meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, for the first day of matches on May 6, 2021.

This year, the MSI champion’s league will receive an additional regional team spot at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship. After MSI concludes, the final global power rankings for 2021 will be calculated. The highest-ranking league will get an additional slot unless that region also won MSI. In that case, the slot would pass down to the second-highest-ranking league in the power rankings.

Last week, Head of Esports for League of Legends in Europe & MENA, Maximilian Peter Schmidt has confirmed that Viego, the Ruined King will not be playable at the MSI 2021. Viego hasn’t been part of professional play in any region since he was released back in January.

MSI 2021 begins on Thursday, May 6, and concludes Sunday, May 23. More info including the qualified teams and broadcast schedule will be revealed in late April.

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