It was most unfortunate when news came out that the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) would be cancelled. But now it looks like there will be an alternative event for some of the League of Legends leagues. Riot Games has just announced that it will host an event titled the League of Legends Mid-Season Cup. This comes with a prize pool of $600,000 and features eight teams from both LPL (China) and LCK (Korea) leagues.
This event is slated for May 28.
The Mid-Season Cup comes as a surprise to many, though rumors of the event have been circulating for a short time.
The teams that will attend
The teams participating in the tournament are as follows.
Representing LPL (China):
- JD Gaming
- Top Esports
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Invictus Gaming
Representing LCK (South Korea):
- T1 Entertainment & Sports
- Gen.G Esports
- DAMWON Gaming
The history between the two leagues
Both JD Gaming and T1 have already been crowned the 2020 Spring Split Champions of their respective leagues. So that makes this tournament a highly-anticipated matchup. We expect some good entertainment from all of the teams due to their high levels of performance throughout the regular seasons.
The LCK is globally known as a successful league, but it was the LPL that took the crown in recent years. The LCK originally earned seven international event titles. But that didn’t do much to stop the LPL from winning Worlds 2018 and 2019. And though the LPL has been dominating the Rift to date, the Mid-Season Cup gives the LCK an opportunity to prove themselves as the better league.
Venues and more
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the event will take place entirely online, so no live audiences. But it will feature the top four teams from each league. All LPL teams will play from the Shanghai venue, whereas LCK teams will play at the Seoul League of Legends Park. Additionally, Riot games plans to regulate the ping levels in an effort to keep them at around 30/40 MS so as to ensure the integrity of the competition.