League of Legends' Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) is just around the corner - Here's everything you need to know before the action kicks off.
MSI 2023 dates and format
This year's MSI is due to run from May 2-21, when we'll see a total of 13 teams from across the world taking the stage.
The action will begin with the Play-In Stage, which will take place from May 2-7. Matches will take place under a Double Elimination bracket, all of which will be decided under the best-of-three rule, with the exception of the best-of-five Lower Bracket Final.
Eight teams will compete in the Play-In Stage, and only the top three will qualify for the Playoffs, also known as the Bracket Stage. The Bracket Stage will take place on May 9th, May 14th, May 16th and May 21st.
This stage of the MSI will see the three surviving teams from the Play-In Stage competing against the five Bracket Stage teams (seen below), competing in a Double Elimination Bracket, where all matches are best-of-five.
MSI 2023 teams
The teams competing in the 2023 MSI are split into two groups, the Play-In Teams (who will compete during the Play-In Stage) and the Bracket Stage Teams (who will join the tournament during the Bracket Stage). Teams from the LCK, LPL, LEC, LCS will each have two slots, while teams from the PCS, VCS, LJL, CBLoL, LLA will have one slot each.
The Play-In teams are as follows.
|Bilibili Gaming||DetonatioN FocusMe||G2 Esports||GAM Esports|
|Golden Guardians||LOUD||PSG Talon||Rainbow7|
The Bracket Stage teams, meanwhile, have all qualified through their performance in each of the regional tours. The winners from the LPL, LEC, and LCS tours have all qualified for the Bracket Stage, alongside the winner and runner-up team from LCK Spring 2023.
The Bracket Stage teams are as follows.
|Gen.G||T1||JD Gaming||Cloud9||MAD Lions|
How to watch MSI 2023
This year's Mid-Seasonal Invitational will be taking place in London's Copper Box Arena, and a variety of tickets are available for those looking to attend in person.
To pick up your tickets, simply head to the AXS website, where you'll see a range of options for every day of the tournament - from the May 2 kickoff to the May 21 Grand Final.
For those not lucky enough to make the trip, however, there's no need to despair! You'll be able to watch the League of Legends MSI 2023 live here on Luckbox - the upcoming MSI Play-In Stage schedule is available right here.