Updated at May 13, 1:56 p.m. (GMT+8): Riot Games announced that due to latency issues that occurred in the first three days of the tournament, all matches involving Royal Never Give Up will be replayed.

After a challenging League of Legends esports Spring season that saw leagues shift between online and offline play under changing pandemic circumstances, 11 regional champions have been crowned.

These invited representatives will compete at the Mid-Season Invitational 2022 (MSI 2022) in Busan, South Korea. The Group Stage will be held at Busan Esports Arena, while the Rumble and Knockout Stage will be played at Bexco Exhibition Hall.

Despite it being an offline tournament, all teams will compete on 35 ping to maintain fairness since the LPL representative, Royal Never Give Up, are unable to travel due to the ongoing lockdown in China and will play remotely.



What is the Mid Season Invitational 2022 (MSI 2022)?

LPL MSI 2022 play remotely
Credit: Riot Games

The first international League of Legends pro tournament of the year, the Mid-Season Invitational is held between Spring and Summer splits.

The 11 top teams that clinched the Spring title in their respective leagues have been invited to compete for the prestigious title and a share of the US$250,000 prize pool.

These teams hail from North America, Europe, Latin America, Brazil, Oceania, Korea, Turkey, Russia, Vietnam, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. They will compete in Busan, South Korea, with the exception of LPL representative Royal Never Give Up, who will play from Shanghai, China.


MSI 2022 schedule, standings, and results

MSI 2022 will take place from May 10 to May 29. Here is the complete schedule and results.

Rumble Stage

Rumble Stage standings

TEAMSSTANDINGS
Royal Never Give Up5-1
G2 Esports4-2
T14-2
Evil Geniuses3-3
PSG Talon2-4
Saigon Buffalo Esports0-6

May 20 (Friday)

TEAMSCHEDULE/RESULTTEAM
T10 — 1G2 Esports
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0Evil Geniuses
PSG Talon1 — 0Saigon Buffalo Esports
G2 Esports1 — 0Royal Never Give Up
Saigon Buffalo Esports0 — 1Evil Geniuses
PSG Talon0 — 1T1

May 21 (Saturday)

TEAMSCHEDULETEAM
G2 Esports1 — 0Evil Geniuses
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0PSG Talon
T11 — 0Saigon Buffalo Esports
PSG Talon0 — 1Evil Geniuses
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0T1
Saigon Buffalo Esports0 — 1G2 Esports

May 22 (Sunday)

TEAMSCHEDULETEAM
Evil Geniuses0 — 1T1
G2 Esports0 — 1PSG Talon
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0Saigon Buffalo Esports
T11 — 0PSG Talon
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0G2 Esports
Evil Geniuses1 — 0Saigon Buffalo Esports

May 23 (Monday)

TEAMSCHEDULETEAM
PSG Talon5 p.m. GMT+9 | 4 p.m. GMT+8 | 8 p.m. GMT | 1 a.m. PSTG2 Esports
T16 p.m. GMT+9 | 5 p.m. GMT+8 | 9 p.m. GMT | 2 a.m. PSTEvil Geniuses
Royal Never Give Up7 p.m. GMT+9 | 6 p.m. GMT+8 | 10 p.m. GMT | 3 a.m. PSTSaigon Buffalo Esports
T18 p.m. GMT+9 | 7 p.m. GMT+8 | 11 p.m. GMT | 4 a.m. PSTG2 Esports
Saigon Buffalo Esports9 p.m. GMT+9 | 8 p.m. GMT+8 | 12 p.m. GMT | 5 a.m. PSTPSG Talon
Evil Geniuses10 p.m. GMT+9 | 9 p.m. GMT+8 | 1 p.m. GMT | 6 a.m. PSTRoyal Never Give Up

May 24 (Tuesday)

TEAMSCHEDULETEAM
Saigon Buffalo Esports3 p.m. GMT+9 | 2 p.m. GMT+8 | 6 p.m. GMT | 11 p.m. PSTG2 Esports
PSG Talon4 p.m. GMT+9 | 3 p.m. GMT+8 | 7 p.m. GMT | 12 a.m. PSTEvil Geniuses
T15 p.m. GMT+9 | 4 p.m. GMT+8 | 8 p.m. GMT | 1 a.m. PSTSaigon Buffalo Esports
PSG Talon6 p.m. GMT+9 | 5 p.m. GMT+8 | 9 p.m. GMT | 2 a.m. PSTRoyal Never Give Up
Evil Geniuses7 p.m. GMT+9 | 6 p.m. GMT+8 | 10 p.m. GMT | 3 a.m. PSTG2 Esports
T18 p.m. GMT+9 | 7 p.m. GMT+8 | 11 p.m. GMT | 4 a.m. PSTRoyal Never Give Up

Group Stage

Group Stage standings

GROUP AGROUP B
T1 (6-0)Royal Never Give Up (6-0)*
Saigon Buffalo Esports (4-2)PSG Talon (3-3)
DetonatioN FocusMe (1-5)RED Kalunga (2-4)
Team Aze (1-5)fastPay Wildcats (1-5)
GROUP C
G2 Esports (8-0)
Evil Geniuses (4-4)
ORDER (0-8)

T1, Saigon Buffalo Esports, Royal Never Give Up, PSG Talon, G2 Esports, and Evil Geniuses have qualified for the Rumble Stage.

*Royal Never Give Up’s standings have been reset after Riot Games announced that all their matches in the first three days will be replayed.

May 10 (Tuesday)

TEAMRESULTTEAM
Saigon Buffalo Esports0 — 1T1
DetonatioN FocusMe1 — 0Team Aze
ORDER0 — 1G2 Esports
Evil Geniuses0 — 1G2 Esports
fastPay Wildcats0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
RED Kalunga1 — 0PSG Talon

May 11 (Wednesday)

TEAMRESULTTEAM
Evil Geniuses0 — 1G2 Esports
ORDER0 — 1Evil Geniuses
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1Saigon Buffalo Esports
Team Aze0 — 1T1
fastPay Wildcats1 — 0RED Kalunga
PSG Talon0 — 1Royal Never Give Up

May 12 (Thursday)

TEAMRESULTTEAM
ORDER0 — 1Evil Geniuses
G2 Esports1 — 0ORDER
PSG Talon 1 — 0fastPay Wildcats
RED Kalunga0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
Saigon Buffalo Esports1 — 0Team Aze
T11 — 0DetonatioN FocusMe

May 13 (Friday) – Group B

TEAMRESULTTEAM
PSG Talon1 — 0RED Kalunga
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0fastPay Wildcats
fastPay Wildcats0 — 1PSG Talon
RED Kalunga0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
RED Kalunga1 — 0fastPay Wildcats
PSG Talon0 — 1Royal Never Give Up

May 14 (Saturday) – Group C, with additional replayed Royal Never Give Up matches from Group B

TEAMRESULTTEAM
Evil Geniuses0 — 1G2 Esports
ORDER0 — 1Evil Geniuses
ORDER0 — 1G2 Esports
Evil Geniuses0 — 1G2 Esports
ORDER0 — 1Evil Geniuses
ORDER0 — 1G2 Esports
fastPay Wildcats0 — 1Royal Never Give Up
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0PSG Talon
Royal Never Give Up1 — 0RED Kalunga

May 15 (Sunday) – Group A

TEAMRESULTTEAM
Team Aze0 — 1Saigon Buffalo Esports
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1T1
Saigon Buffalo Esports1 — 0DetonatioN FocusMe
T11 — 0Team Aze
DetonatioN FocusMe0 — 1Team Aze
Saigon Buffalo Esports0 — 1T1

MSI 2022 format

The tournament will be played in three stages, starting with the Group Stage.

STAGEDATESFORMAT
Group StageMay 10–15Best-of-one double round robin
Rumble StageMay 20–24Best-of-one double round robin
Knockout StageMay 27–29Best-of-five, single elimination

11 teams were first placed in four pools. Pool 1 comprised the LPL, LCK, and LEC champions, while Pool 2 was made up of the LCS, PCS, and VCS champions.

Representatives from minor regions LJL, LLA, CBLOL, TCL and LCO were put into Pool 3 and 4.

MSI 2022 group draw
Credit: LoL Esports

The teams were then drawn into two groups of four and one group of three, as the CIS league Spring Split was canceled due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Group A

REGIONTEAM
LCKT1
VCSSaigon Buffalo Esports
LJLDetonatioN FocusMe
LLATeam Aze

Group B

REGIONTEAM
LPLRoyal Never Give Up
PCSPSG Talon
TCLfastPay Wildcats
CBLOLRED Kalunga

Group C

REGIONTEAM
LECG2 Esports
LCSEvil Geniuses
LCOORDER

The Group Stage will be played in a best-of-one double round robin. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Rumble Stage.

These six teams will compete against each other in a best-of-one double round robin in the Rumble Stage.

The top four teams advance to the Knockout Stage, where they will compete in a best-of-five single elimination round. The last two teams standing will face off against each other in the final to determine who will be this year’s MSI 2022 champion.


Teams competing at MSI 2022

2022 LCS Lock In Quarterfinals Day 2 Game 2 between Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses
Screenshot by Amanda Tan/ONE Esports

Second place Saigon Buffalo of the VCS has been invited to MSI, for championship winner GAM Esports will be occupied at the upcoming SEA Games.

Here is the full list of teams competing at MSI 2022.

LEAGUETEAM
LEC (Europe)G2 Esports
LCK (Korea)T1
LPL (China)Royal Never Give Up
LCS (North America)Evil Geniuses
PCS (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau/Southeast Asia)PSG Talon
VCS (Vietnam)Saigon Buffalo Esports
TCL (Turkey)fastPay Wildcats
CBLOL (Brazil)RED Kalunga
LLA (Latin America)Team Aze
LJL (Japan)DetonatioN FocusMe
LCO (Oceania)ORDER

Where to watch MSI 2022

League of Legends esports fans can watch the MSI 2022 matches live on Riot Games’ official channels on Twitch and YouTube.

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