Mid-Season Invitational 2020 Is Supposedly Canceled
Here’s a depressing bit of news to start off your day: Tthe 2020 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) has supposedly been canceled, according to a rumor from Travis Gafford. Now, Travis didn’t specify his source, but he’s fairly confident in the report. Furthermore, seeing the state of the world and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has left on 2020, the fact that Riot has decided to cancel MSI 2020 entirely should come as no surprise. In fact, it might be the only logical course of action at the moment.
Why Online Format Wouldn’t Work
Organizing an online-only Mid-Season Invitational would be an absolute logistical nightmare. Teams won’t be able to travel any time soon, and with the difference in time zones and internet infrastructure being vast (Berlin is, for example, known for its abysmal ISPs and stability), it would’ve been impossible to provide everyone with the same playing conditions.
Competitive integrity would’ve been an afterthought and no one wants that for a tournament as exciting and important as MSI. It is, of course, incredibly depressing, especially if you’re a fan of the North American League of Legends. The way Cloud9 steamrolled through all opposition has been nothing short of historic, and the same can be said for G2 Esports who also disposed of their perennial adversaries in a clean 3-0 sweep. Many people wanted to see these two titans clash, but it seems like we’ll have to wait a bit longer before that can happen.
On the one hand, it’s sad that we won’t be able to see the best League teams in the world collide and duke it out on the Summoner’s Rift (especially in the current exciting and flexible meta), but the fact that we even have any kind of competitive League to watch from the safety of our homes is certainly a silver lining. Organizing an online tournament on a global scale simply isn’t possible at this point in time.
What Does the Future Hold?
This, however, leads us a slew of questions that will probably remain unanswered for the foreseeable future. How will Riot adapt? Will they scrap MSI 2020 altogether or will they perhaps slot it between the Summer Split and the World Championship? Heck, will Worlds even happen and, if so, how will it look like?
Obviously, there are all complex questions and challenges that Riot is dealing with at the moment. We’ll probably hear from them in the coming weeks if not days. We’ll update you on the situation as it develops.