MSI 2016: Bracket, schedule and scores for League of Legends event

Six of the world’s best teams will head to Shanghai to battle it out.

One of the biggest League of Legends events of the year is upon us: the Mid-Season Invitational, taking place in Shanghai this season. Every year, champions from six different regions meet between the Spring and Summer domestic seasons, playing for glory and a good chunk of prize money (this year, around $ 450,000 will be up for grabs).

Last season’s MSI was the inaugural edition of the tournament, taking place in Tallahassee, Fla. China’s EDward Gaming won the competition, beating Korean favorites SK Telecom T1 in the finals. Europe’s Fnatic and Taiwan’s ahq e-Sports Club finished in third and fourth, respectively, while North America’s Team SoloMid and Turkey’s Beşiktaş e-Sports Club rounded out the bottom of the table.

The same six regions will be represented this season, as Turkey won the International Wild Card Invitational again, but only one team returns from last year’s MSI: SKT. The rest of the 2015 field either fell in their respective domestic finals (EDward Gaming, ahq e-Sports, Team SoloMid) or semifinals (Fnatic) or no longer exists in its previous iteration (Beşiktaş e-Sports Club).

Below, you’ll find the schedule and how to watch the tournament. Once the tournament starts, we’ll have results and an updated bracket with standings, as well. If you’re a newcomer to competitive League of Legends, we have a two-part guide (III) that will get you caught up to speed.

This post will be updated with results as the games happen, so stay tuned!

The teams:

SK Telecom T1, Korea (quick preview): The most storied team in League of Legends history, SKT won the Korean championship yet again this Spring, following up last year’s Worlds win. Led by greatest-player-ever Faker and an all-around star-studded lineup, SKT is a heavy, heavy favorite to win the whole thing.

G2 Esports, Europe (quick preview): A new team on the European scene after getting promoted from the Challenger Series, G2 mastered the currently popular 1-3-1 playstyle and ran through EU competition, finishing first in the regular season and defeating Fnatic and Origen to win the playoffs. This will be a big step up for a roster with little experience in major international competitions, but G2 looked as good as just about any recent Western team toward the end of the European season.

Flash Wolves, Taiwan (quick preview): The LMS, Taiwan’s domestic league, continues to get stronger, and the Flash Wolves have earned a significant amount of hype coming into this competition. The team impressed at last year’s Worlds, beating eventual runners-up KOO Tigers twice in the group stages, and swept ahq e-Sports in the LMS Finals.

Royal Never Give Up, China (quick preview): RNG was a middle-of-the-table LPL team last Summer, but a pair of key Korean additions aided the growth of the team’s young Chinese stars. China has struggled in international competition recently, but the LPL’s EDward Gaming beat SKT for the MSI crown last time. RNG beat EDward Gaming in the LPL Finals, and will hope to keep the MSI trophy in China on its home turf.

Counter Logic Gaming, North America (quick preview): After a second-place finish in the NA LCS regular season, many expected CLG to fall to talented rosters from Immortals, Team Liquid or TSM in the Playoffs. Instead, CLG triumphed over Liquid and TSM in an intense pair of five-game series, repeating as North American champions and earning a ticket to Shanghai.

SuperMassive eSports, Turkey (quick preview): The biggest underdog in the tournament, SuperMassive qualified by winning both the TCL Playoffs and the International Wild Card Event, beating out representatives from Brazil, Vietnam and Russia. SuperMassive is known for its aggressive playstyle spearheaded by support Dumbledoge, who made a name for himself playing for Beşiktaş at last year’s MSI when he killed Faker in one of the opening-round games.

How it works:

The competition will start with a double round robin group stage from May 4 to May 8. Each team will play two games per day, eventually playing every other team in the field twice. At the end of the group stage, the top four teams will advance to the knockout stage. All knockout stage series will be best-of-five, single elimination, with the finals taking place May 15.

The four teams in the knockout round will also earn a No. 1 seed for their respective regions in the Worlds group stage later this year in North America.

The games will be played on Patch 6.8, with the recently reworked Taric disabled.

How to watch:

All games will be streamed live at Lolesports.com and on Twitch and YouTube.

The schedule:

(all times Eastern)

Group Stage:

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 4:

(For VODs, click here)

  • Start of show and opening ceremony – 1:30 a.m.
  • Royal Never Give Up vs. Counter Logic Gaming – 2 a.m.
  • G2 Esports vs. Flash Wolves – 3 a.m.
  • SK Telecom T1 vs. SuperMassive eSports – 4 a.m.
  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. Flash Wolves – 5 a.m.
  • G2 Esports vs. SK Telecom T1 – 6 a.m.
  • SuperMassive eSports vs. Royal Never Give Up – 7 a.m.

Day 2 – Thursday, May 5:

  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. G2 Esports – 1:30 a.m.
  • SK Telecom T1 vs. Royal Never Give Up – 2:30 a.m.
  • Flash Wolves vs. SuperMassive eSports – 3:30 a.m.
  • Royal Never Give Up vs. G2 Esports – 4:30 a.m.
  • SuperMassive eSports vs. Counter Logic Gaming – 5:30 a.m.
  • SK Telecom T1 vs. Flash Wolves – 6:30 a.m.

Day 3 – Friday, May 6:

  • Flash Wolves vs. Royal Never Give Up – 1:30 a.m.
  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. SK Telecom T1 – 2:30 a.m.
  • SuperMassive eSports vs. G2 Esports – 3:30 a.m.
  • Flash Wolves vs. SK Telecom T1 – 4:30 a.m.
  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. SuperMassive eSports – 5:30 a.m.
  • G2 Esports vs. Royal Never Give Up – 6:30 a.m.

Day 4 – Saturday, May 7:

  • G2 Esports vs. SuperMassive eSports – 1:30 a.m.
  • Royal Never Give Up vs. Flash Wolves – 2:30 a.m.
  • SK Telecom T1 vs. Counter Logic Gaming – 3:30 a.m.
  • Flash Wolves vs. G2 Esports – 4:30 a.m.
  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. Royal Never Give Up – 5:30 a.m.
  • SuperMassive eSports vs. SK Telecom T1 – 6:30 a.m.

Day 5 – Sunday, May 8:

  • Royal Never Give Up vs. SuperMassive eSports – 11:30 p.m.
  • Flash Wolves vs. Counter Logic Gaming  – 12:30 a.m.
  • SK Telecom T1 vs. G2 Esports – 1:30 a.m.
  • SuperMassive eSports vs. Flash Wolves – 2:30 a.m.
  • G2 Esports vs. Counter Logic Gaming – 3:30 a.m.
  • Royal Never Give Up vs. SK Telecom T1 – 4:30 a.m.

Knockout Stage:

Semifinal 1 – May 13:

TBD vs. TBD, 1:30 a.m. (Best-of-5)

Semifinal 2 – May 14:

TBD vs. TBD, 1:30 a.m. (Best-of-5)

Finals – May 15:

TBD vs. TBD, 1:30 a.m. (Best-of-5)

The standings:

Position Team Record
1 Royal Never Give Up 1-0
1 SK Telecom T1 1-0
3 Counter Logic Gaming 1-1
3 Flash Wolves 1-1
5 G2 Esports 0-1
5 SuperMassive eSports 0-1

The results:

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 4:

  • Royal Never Give Up vs. Counter Logic Gaming – RNG win (22-21, 43:29)
  • G2 Esports vs. Flash Wolves – FW win (26-12, 44:49)
  • SK Telecom T1 vs. SuperMassive eSports – SKT win (22-1, 28:32)
  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. Flash Wolves – CLG win (18-17, 48:52)
  • G2 Esports vs. SK Telecom T1 – 6 a.m.
  • SuperMassive eSports vs. Royal Never Give Up – 7 a.m.

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