MSI 2021 is Heading to Reykjavík, Iceland
The new battleground is set
MSI is back! Read below for a preview of the venue, competition format changes, and an introduction to our newest global partner - Verizon.
LOCATION AND VENUE DETAILS
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Dates: May 6-23
We are headed to Reykjavík - the capital of Iceland - for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational. After last year’s cancellation, we’re excited to reintroduce this major international competition and bring together the top teams from every region. The games will be played at the Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena, where the historic “Match of the Century” 1972 World Chess Championship was held.
Teams will quarantine upon arrival in Iceland. For the health and safety of our players, staff, and local residents, the event will not be able to accommodate a live audience.
MSI FORMAT CHANGES
Introducing: No more Play-Ins! All teams from all regions will now start off in the same stage of MSI. There will be three stages total.
Stage 1: Groups - All 12 teams start here and they will split into three groups of four teams. Each of these groups will play a best-of-one, double round robin. The top two teams per group will advance to the next stage.
Stage 2: Rumble - The six remaining teams will play another best-of-one, double round robin. The top four teams will advance to a playoff bracket.
Stage 3: Knockout - The top four teams will advance to a single elimination, best-of-five playoff bracket, consisting of the Semifinals followed by the Finals.
We are excited to announce that Verizon will be joining LoL Esports global events as the official 5G wireless network provider.
This partnership serves as the latest iteration of Verizon’s consistent support of Riot’s esports. Starting with the League Championship Series (LCS) in 2020, Verizon has provided support for LCS through original video content and in-broadcast sponsored segments.
HOW TO WATCH
More info including the qualified teams and broadcast schedule will be revealed at a later date!