2020 Mid-Season LCK-LPL Cup Begins on May 28
With the Mid-Season Invitational getting canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and Worlds over six months away), it felt like we’d have to wait an eternity before seeing the best teams in the world clash against each other. Fortunately, the loss of MSI wasn’t the end all be all. Riot has just announced the 2020 Mid-Season Cup that’ll commence on May 28 and will feature eight teams in total — four from the LCK and four from the LPL.
This truly is a “star-studded showcase” and we can’t wait for it to begin. T1, Gen.G, DragonX, and DAMWON Gaming vs. JD Gaming, Top Esports, FunPlus Phoenix (the defending World Champions), and Invictus Gaming. Talk about a barnburner!
What Can We Expect?
The LCK wasn’t particularly exciting this year because they didn’t adhere to what many teams thought was the meta. Instead, they still favored macro-oriented play and team comps that couldn’t skirmish from the very get-go. The LPL, on the other hand, was insanely competitive and entertaining. The fact that FunPlus Phoenix finished third (even though they brought over Kim “Khan” Dong-ha from the LCK) tells you all you need to know. They’re rightfully considered as the best and most stacked region in the world and watching them clash against the strongest teams the LCK has to offer will give us a better understanding of where each region is at and what they’re capable of.
Which style of play will prevail? If recent history is any indication, the LPL will be heavily favored and with good reason.
LCK teams will compete from the LoL Park in Seoul, South Korea, with LPL teams fighting from the Shanghai LPL Arena. The Mid-Season Cup will nevertheless “adhere to the local health regulations of both cities and will feature no live audiences.” All eight teams will compete on a level playing field as Riot will standardize ping somewhere between 30 and 40 ms.
This is also the first in a series of events that’ll “compensate” for the cancelation of the Mid-Season Invitational. Riot will announce upcoming tournaments over the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Mark your calendars folks, because we’re in for one heck of a ride come May 28 for the 2020 Mid-Season Cup!