League of Legends MSI 2021 is supposedly set to go ahead in Reykjavik, Iceland
The League Of Legends (LoL) Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) is set to return in 2021, with the global tournament supposedly heading to Reykjavik, Iceland.
A since-deleted image that surfaced on the LoL Esports Media website over the weekend appeared to leak the location of this year’s event, and according to Fomos it has now been verified.
MSI 2021 will be held at the Laugardalshöll Sport Center in Iceland’s capital between May 6-22.
MSI usually invites the top groups from each area to contend in a competition in between the spring and summertime seasons.
Last year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. After many countries entered into lockdown, the only event to be held in individual in 2020 was the World Championship.
The teams will be quarantined upon arrival in Iceland, and there will be no in-person audience at the stadium.
According to the most recent information from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Iceland has had an overall of 16 cases of the illness in the last 2 weeks.
Tourists should reveal a current unfavorable COVID test before boarding an airplane to Iceland, and upon arrival. It is then necessary to undergo a double COVID-testing procedure and quarantine for five to 6 days in-between.
Fomos reports that there will be no preliminary Play-In Stage this year, so all groups will start in the primary event.
Stage 1 is said to have 12 teams divided into 3 groups, with the top 2 teams from each group going through to Stage 2. These groups will face off in a double-round robin format, sending out four teams through to the next stage.
There will then be two semi-finals causing a last, and each match will be a best-of-five, single removal.
The prize swimming pool has actually not yet been announced, but the prize pool MSI 2019 was $250,000 (₤ 180,000).
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