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Riot Games Restructures Worlds and the Mid-Season Invitational

No more wildcards means higher chances of a PH team getting to Worlds

Carmelo Joseph III Favie

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League of Legends has been hosting big international tournaments over the course of the game's 6 competitive years. Each year fans and professional players eagerly await the beginning of the League of Legends World Championship, the biggest international LoL Esports tournament where 16 teams engage in fierce battle until only one team remains the sole World Champion. The game has since adopted the Mid-Season Invitational to fill in the gap between the Spring and Summer seasons of LoL Esports.

LoL developers Riot Games continue their commitment to improving the competitive scene by bringing new changes to the two big international LoL tournaments of the year. Expect for a grander MSI and Worlds this year as more challengers join into the fray.

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An official announcement from Riot went out recently concerning the future of the big LoL Esports tournaments, the Mid-Season Invitational & League of Legends World Championship will not accommodate all of the 13 LoL regions. The wildcard system for the secondary regions has been effectively dissolved.

The previous system wherein a wildcard team had to go through 3 levels of qualifiers before reaching the stage of a main tournament is now a thing of the past. There is now a dedicated SEA slot for both the MSI and Worlds this year, reigniting the hope for a PH team to return to the grand stage. In the first World Championship, PH-based team Pacific Esports fought valiantly against the likes of Fnatic and against All authority. In 2013, Mineski rose through the ranks of the PH, SEA, and Wildcard ladders to book their tickets to the 3rd World Championship, during the rise of SK Telecom T1.

Albus NoX Luna proved in last year's Worlds that strong competitors can come from any of the regions considered as wild cards. Can any of our local PH teams step up to the challenge and make it to the international stage? The Mid-Season Invitational is set to begin on the 28th of April.

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