With the Mid-Season Invitational canceled, Riot has arranged a special one-off Mid-Season Cup to replace it.
The tournament will feature the top four teams from League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) and League of Legends Pro League (LPL):
- T1 (2020 Spring Split Champions)
- DAMWON Gaming
- JD Gaming (2020 Spring Split Champions)
- Top Esports
- FunPlus Phoenix
- Invictus Gaming
The tournament will run from May 28 – 31 and will have a US$600,000 prize pool.
The online showdown will see the groups playing from their respective esports venues — the LoL Park in Seoul, South Korea for the LCK and the LPL Arena in Shanghai, China for the LPL. As a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic, live audiences will not be permitted in both arenas.
Riot is also planning to standardize the tournament’s ping to a range of 30-40m/s in order to “ensure the integrity of the competition,” according to an official statement by the LoL Esports Staff.
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The LCK and LPL have dominated LoL esports, with the LCK boasting five World Championships and two Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) Championships, and the LPL winning the last two World Championships, as well as two MSI titles.
The 2020 Mid-Season Cup is just one of many events that Riot Games has prepared as a replacement for the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). Summoners will need to keep their eyes peeled for other LoL Esports events set for this month.
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