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League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2023 Betting Tips & MSI Live Streams

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About Mid-Season Invitational 2023

Mid-Season Invitational 2023 (MSI 2023) is an upcoming international League of Legends tournament set to take place on May 2-21 at Copper Box Arena in London, England. 

It will mark the first international LoL tournament of the year and one of just two international events on the schedule – besides the LoL World Championship.

MSI 2023 will welcome 13 teams from nine regions, including Europe, North America, China, Korea, Brazil, Latin America, Japan, Vietnam, and the Pacific, who will duke it out for the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize pool and the eternal glory that comes with winning the MSI trophy.

The MSI 2023 will mark the eighth edition of the tournament, which debuted in 2015 and has been held annually since, except for in 2020, when it got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and replaced by a one-off 2020 Mid-Season Streamathon – an esports live streaming event.

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Mid-Season Invitational Live Streaming - Where To Watch

MSI matches can be viewed on Twitch Channel. This channel broadcasts the matches in English.

You can also watch all matches live via major betting sites. 

Some of the best ways to watch Mid-Season Invitational live streams are:

  • Betting Sites bet365, Stake and Pinnacle
  • MSI Twitch Channel

Mid-Season Invitational Format

The 2023 Mid Season invitational introduced some changes to the format to accommodate 13 participating teams and to increase the number of matches played – as a response to the community’s outcries about the lack of a best-of-three (Bo3) series.

The 2023 MSI will be divided into the Play-In Stage and the Bracket Stage.

The Play-In Stage will kick off on May 2 and welcome eight teams, including the PCS, VCS, JLJ, CBLOL, and LLA champions and the runner-up teams from the LEC, LPL, and LCS. 

The teams are drawn into two double-elimination brackets where all matches are played as best-of-three (Bo3) – except for the Last Chance Qualifiers, which will be best-of-five (Bo5).

The top teams from each group and the winner of the LCQ will proceed into the Bracket Stage, where they’ll join the top seeds from LCS, LEC, and LPL and the champions and runners-up from LCK.

The Bracket Stage will use a double-elimination bracket with all matches played as best-of-five (Bo5), including the grand finals, scheduled for May 21.

Play-In Stage

8 teams
Double-elimination bracket
All matches Bo3, except for LCQ (Bo5)

Bracket Stage

5 invited teams + 3 Play-In teams
Double-elimination bracket
All matches are best-of-five (Bo5)

LCK Prize Money

The 2023 MSI will have a $250,000 prize pool (same as in MSI 2021 and 2022) which will be divided among all participating teams.

  • The MSI 2023 champions win $50,000
  • Runners-up win $37,500
  • The third-placed team win $30,000
  • The fourth-placed team wins $25,000
  • The fifth and sixth-placed teams win $20,000 each
  • The seventh and eighth-placed teams win $15,000 each
  • The ninth-placed team wins $12,500
  • The 10th-11th-placed teams win $7,500 each
  • The 12th-13th-placed teams win $5,000 each

LCK Teams and Players

The 2023 MSI will welcome 13 League of Legends teams from nine regions. Europe, Korea, China, and North America will both send two representatives, whereas Brazil, Latin America, the Pacific, Japan, and Vietnam have one representative each.

Play-In Teams

  • GAM Esports (VCS)
  • PSG Talon (PCS)
  • LOUD (CBLOL)
  • Movistar R7 (LLA)
  • Golden Guardians (LCS)
  • G2 Esports (LEC)
  • DetonatioN FocusMe (JLJ)
  • Bilibili Gaming (LPL)

Bracket Stage Teams

  • Gen.G (LCK)
  • JD Gaming (LPL)
  • MAD Lions (LEC)
  • Cloud9 (LCS)
  • T1 (LCK)

Mid-Season Invitational Past Tournaments

Mid-Season Invitational was first introduced in 2015, during the third season of competitive League of Legends, as an international event between the Spring and Summer Splits. 

The idea behind the MSI was to introduce another international LoL tournament to the competitive schedule, giving the Spring Split champions of their respective leagues a chance to measure up against international opponents in preparation for the LoL World Championship.

Since its inaugural season, the MSI has seen many changes made to its format, namely by expanding the number of invited teams, which in 2023 reached 13 – two more than in 2022.

Past Tournaments & Champions


Year
Winners
MSI 2015EDward Gaming
MSI 2016SK Telecom T1
MSI 2017SK Telecom T1
MSI 2018Royal Never Give Up
MSI 2019G2 Esports
MSI 2020cancelled due to COVID-19*
MSI 2021Royal Never Give Up
MSI 2022Royal Never Give Up

League of Legends MSI FAQs

What is Mid-Season Invitational?

Mid-Season Invitational was first introduced in 2015, during the third season of competitive League of Legends, as an international event between the Spring and Summer Splits. 

The idea behind the MSI was to introduce another international LoL tournament to the competitive schedule, giving the Spring Split champions of their respective leagues a chance to measure up against international opponents in preparation for the LoL World Championship.

How can I watch League of Legends MSI Live Streaming?

Check our live streaming calendar to see where you can watch League of Legends live streaming.