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Riot Games announces the Return of MSI 2021!

The Mid-Season Invitational to return this year with Verizon as sponsor!

The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational was announced to make a return this year by Riot Games after a year of break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland in 2021 with a brand-new format.

While the MSI isn’t as big an event as the League of Legends Worlds, it comes in as a close second. It will have the spring split winners from the LEC, LCK and LPL, as well as the LCS leaders and representatives from minor regions, battle it out for glory on the rift.

An MSI 2021 image dropped a few days prior to the announcement, and fans correctly speculated that the event would be held in Reykjavik, Iceland. The dead giveaway being the legendary Hallgrímskirkja, a Christian church which is by far Reykjavik’s most famous landmark, easily visible in the center-right of the picture.

An official tweet from the LoLEsports account then proceeded to confirm fans’ theories.

#MSI2021 is coming. Who will Break Out? Pack your parkas, because League of Legends’ greatest pro players are about to showdown in Iceland! This sprawling, epic landscape will set the stage for big moves & rising legends. Dates: May 6-22. pic.twitter.com/besQKwW3AW

— LoL Esports (@lolesports) March 1, 2021

The games are expected to be played from May 6th-22nd at the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena, with the publisher revealing that the event will not feature a live audience. According to Riot Games, teams will quarantine upon arrival in Iceland.

MSI 2021 will also utilise a new format that eliminates Play-Ins. Previously, Play-Ins was used for low-ranking teams to enter into the group stage. This time, all teams from all regions will start off in the same stage.

Nevertheless, Riot has revealed that MSI will have three stages. The first will split 12 teams into groups of four. Each group will play a best-of-one, double round-robin. The top two teams per group will advance.

In addition, Verizon has been named the official 5G sponsor of the publisher’s League of Legends and VALORANT global events. Previously, the telecommunications giant had sponsored individual tournaments or series. Previously, Verizon had sponsored the LCS, VALORANT: First Strike North America, and the first Wild Rift esports event. Additional terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

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