This year, two major League of Legends event will be held in 2 different continents. Riot games is bringing the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) to Brazil while the World Championship (Worlds) is heading to China. Both of these tournaments are the apex that all League of Legends teams wanna be a part of. A major change done to these tournaments for 2017 is the revocation of International Wildcard (IWC), whereby teams from all region will have a chance to show what they are capable of.
Spring Split champions from all 13 regions will be invited to MSI as there's IWC qualifiers from now on. New seeding format for MSI 2017 will be based on teams' performance from the past two years of MSI and Worlds. MSI 2017 results will affect Worlds 2017 regional seeding, similar to MSI 2016.
Teams that earned their spot in MSI 2017 will partake across multiple stages of the tournament. LCK (Korea), LPL (China) and EU (Europe) seeds will directly qualify into group stage due to their outstanding display in the past two years; whereas all other teams will have to qualify through a new play-in format. 6 teams will make their way into group stage and only 4 will advance into the knockout stage.
Venue and Schedule
For more information on MSI 2017, head to http://www.lolesports.com/en_US/articles/2017-mid-season-invitational-update.
Worlds is being held in China for the first time. 24 teams from all 13 regions will compete in Worlds. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau (LMS) will be awarded three regional seeds instead of the previous two for their consistent performance in international stages over the last couple years.
MSI 2017 results will affect regional seeding for Worlds. Teams that make the bracket stage at MSI will earn their region an extra Worlds seed. Moreover, the top-performing team out of the once known Wildcard regions—Brazil (BR), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Japan (JPN), Northern Latin America (LAN), Southern Latin America (LAS), Oceania (OCE), Southeast Asia (SEA), and Turkey (TUR) will earn its region an additional seed at Worlds.
Unlike previous years, Worlds 2017 will have a play-in stage where the lowest seed from each region will compete to make it to the group stage. Korea is the only region that will be exempted from play-in stage as they proved to be the best performing region throughout 2015 and 2016, therefore all three LCK teams will automatically advance into group stage. Top 2 teams from each group will be one step closer to lifting the Summoners Cup as they will advance to the quarter-finals of Worlds.
Venue and Schedule
Head to Lolesports for more information on Worlds 2017.