2021 MSI Winners to Earn Extra Worlds Spot for Their Region

by in League of Legends | Mar, 31st 2021

There’s “a bit” more on the line at the 2021 MSI — the team that eventually hoists the trophy will also obtain an additional spot for its region at this year’s Worlds! Needless to say, this is quite a big deal.

In addition, the highest ranking league (taking recent regional performance into account) will also get an additional slot unless that region also happens to win MSI. If that happens to be the case, then said slot would pass down to the second-highest ranking league in Riot’s power rankings.

MSI was always considered as an exciting international tournament but, in all fairness, we all just tuned in to watch champions collide — there wasn’t anything overly regional about it other than the mere fact that each region sent over its first seed from Spring. We tuned in to see the best players in the world clash off, and it mattered very little where they came from. G2 Esports, for instance, are the 2019 MSI champions. This one fact was in no way indicative of Europe’s overall strength or its position in relation to the LCK or LPL. It is, in short, a moment in which Europe’s finest managed to etch their name in history. But there’s only one G2 Esports — Europe, as a whole, doesn’t have anyone else to offer, with Fnatic perhaps being the sole exception. The situation is vastly different in China, for example, where new superteams and bona fide challengers seem to be popping up out of nowhere.

This time around, however, there’s a lot more at stake with the winning team actually being able to push its region into the spotlight and bring yet another representative to the 2021 League of Legends World Championship in Shenzhen, China.

Interesting stuff, to say the least!

Broader Implications

Having more teams doesn’t necessarily increase a region’s chances of winning Worlds (despite what the math might tell you), but it is far from a negligible benefit; it really depends on the region. Last year, the LPL and LEC had the luxury of bringing over four distinct challengers and in China’s case it definitely made a difference. Europe’s fourth seed (MAD Lions), on the other hand, didn’t really deliver in that sense.

Still, it’ll be interesting to see how things will ultimately pan out! As always, make sure to tune in to the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational (May 6—22) as it’s bound to deliver in all the right ways!


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