Updated: May 9
The Mid Season Invitational (MSI) is a tournament simular to Worlds where top teams from over 10 leagues come togeather to compete. So lets dive into it I plan on breaking down the teams and their frist few matches.
11 Teams split into 3 Groups
Royal Never Give Up
RNG looked absoutly unstopable in the LPL and are definitely the most complete roster in the world in my eyes, while other players can outshine RNG individually RNG has the advantage in most matchups by having the most complete roster from top to bottom.
With Xiaohu moving from mid to top this season its gives RNG a unique advantage that few teams can copy by having the flexability of having a much more expanded champion pool i.e RNG won the series against a scorching hot Rare Atom team at the time largely because of Xiaohu's carry champs that are usually reserved to midlaners when they go AD (Tristana, Lucian).
Gala looked good at times last year but no where close to how he performed this year if it were up to me I would say he was the most improved player in the 2021 split so far.
No real crazy call here but Group 1 winner easily.
Pentanet.GG are a part of the League of Legends Circut Oceania (LCO) the league that replaced the late OPL.
Penta went 13-1 in the inagural split with an impressive 2.49 team KD, were up an insane average of 1866 gold at 15 MIN. There are some intresting things when you take a deeper dive, Penta only had a 40% herald %, only got first drag 43% of the time but did have a 69% drag% (nice). So it seems that Penta have some pretty smurf stats for their league overall and tend to let their opponents get the first netural objective while they farm up in lane.
Penta's strong point seems to be their bot lane and should give them the advantage against UoL.
Unicorns of Love
UoL is from the League of Legends Continental League (LCL) mainly the Russian League.
You may remember this UoL team from worlds last year but they are missing 1 instrumental peice from that team in their ADC Gadget. This last split UoL started off with Frappii and switched to Lodik at ADC towards the end of the split and playoffs. With Gadget leaving to go play with LIDER and Mousesports UoL didnt have near the year they did last year.
In the World play ins UoL knew how to take care of buisness against minor region teams but looked completly lost past playins and pulled a TSM going 0-6 in the group stages.
Being the only group with 3 teams since the VCS was not able to send a representative they there will they and Penta will be competing for the 2nd spot in group 1.....even though UoL is predicted at 3-1 odds to beat Penta I like penta as an underdog, Penta absoutly dominated the LCO while UoL was 2nd or 3rd best in the LCL in my opinion. Also I believe that the LCO & LCL would be very simular in terms of talent on an ELO model.
The MAD Lions shocked the LEC and ended up being