The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2022 will be held in Busan, South Korea, from May 10-29, Riot Games reportedly announced on Tuesday.
According to a since-deleted post by Italian outlet EsportsMag, which apparently received the official announcement from Riot Italy without them mentioning that the information was under embargo (H/T Inven Global), an MSI will be hosted in South Korea. for the first time. , also marking the first international League of Legends event to be held in the country since 2018.
According to Riot’s current plan for the event, MSI 2022 will be hosted at Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) and will be open to League of Legends fans for the first time since the 2020 World Championship Finals in Shanghai, Shanghai. China.
Last year, MSI was held in Reykjavík, Iceland alongside the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2021 Stage 2: Masters. Although VCT is set to return in April once again without crowds, it looks like Riot has reached the level of trust with its long-established esports that is needed to safely host an event that fans can attend.
“Busan is the mecca of esports and has hosted some of the most important esports tournaments in the world,” Busan Park Mayor Heong-joon said in a statement according to EsportsMag. “Busan City has partnered with the gaming industry to create professional esports, as well as a dedicated arena, BRENA. Please take time to visit Busan City during MSI 2022 as we look forward to to welcome you in person.”
Although a live crowd will be added to the mix, it looks like MSI 2022 will unfortunately keep the same format as last year.
While MSI 2021 featured 11 teams after Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) representative GAM Esports was unable to attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, there will also be 11 teams at MSI 2022. since the announcement of the League of Legends Continental League (LCL). on March 25 that he won’t be sending any because his Spring Split was canceled amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
So this year’s teams will once again be split into three groups, two with four spots and one with only three.
The top two teams from each double round robin pool will advance to another go-around in the six-team rumble stage to decide the top four entrants in the knockout knockout stage, best of 5, and finally the grand finale.
“South Korea has been a forerunner in the esports industry for decades,” Naz Aletaha, Global Head of League of Legends Esports, said in a statement according to EsportsMag. “We are thrilled to honor this country’s esports heritage, celebrate the passion of Korean fans, and bring all the talent from MSI’s professional teams to Korea for the first time. Busan was an incredible setting for Worlds 2014 and 2018, and we can’t wait to get back there to see the challenge between the best League of Legends teams in the world.”