Riot Games has revealed the full details of its highly-anticipated 2020 Mid-Season Cup (MSC), which will feature the top four teams of both the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) and League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK).
The MSC group stage will be in a single round-robin format, with best-of-one matches from all teams.
The semifinals and finals will both be best-of-five series. All BO5s will be in Blind Pick for the first games, with the rest of the series played in Draft Pick.
Riot also announced that tournament ping will be standardized to a range of 30-40m/s.
- T1 (LCK champions)
- Top Esports
- FunPlus Phoenix
- DAMWON Gaming
- JD Gaming (LPL champions)
- Dragon X
- Invictus Gaming
The 4 top teams from the 2020 LPL Spring Playoffs that will be representing the #LPL in the #MSC— LPL (@lplenglish) May 21, 2020
1st seed: @JDGaming
2nd seed: @TOP_Esports_
3rd seed: @FPX_Esports
4th seed: @invgaming #AllWeFightFor pic.twitter.com/X36RgNQqy3
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Here is the full schedule of the groups stage (all times in GMT+8)
Group Stage Day 1 (May 28)
- 3:00 p.m. – FunPlus Phoenix vs T1
- 4:00 p.m. – Top Esports vs DAMWON Gaming
- 5:00 p.m. – T1 vs DAMWON Gaming
- 6:00 p.m. – Top Esports vs FunPlus Phoenix
- 7:00 p.m. – DAMWON Gaming vs FunPlus Phoenix
- 8:00 p.m. – T1 vs Top Esports
Group Stage Day 2 (May 29)
- 3:00 p.m. – JD Gaming vs Gen.G
- 4:00 p.m. – Invictus Gaming vs DragonX
- 5:00 p.m. – DragonX vs Gen.G
- 6:00 p.m. – JD Gaming vs Invictus Gaming
- 7:00 p.m. – Gen.G vs Invictus Gaming
- 8:00 p.m. – DragonX vs JD Gaming
Day 1 and Day 2 of the #MSC Schedule:— LPL (@lplenglish) May 20, 2020
We kick off day 1 on May 28th @ 3PM CST with a game between the most recent world champions @FPX_Esports and 3 time world champions @T1LoL .
When it comes to LPL teams, anything can happen! Good luck to all our teams!#allwefightfor pic.twitter.com/KPTBFxQDx5
The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals to secure a spot for the finals. Semifinals will start at 1:00 p.m. GMT+8, while the finals will immediately follow the next day at 5:00 p.m. GMT+8.
Semifinals Day 3 (May 30)
- Group A #1 vs Group B #2
- Group B #1 vs Group A #2
Finals Day 4 (May 31)
- Winner of semifinals match 1 vs winner of semifinals match 2
Semifinals (Bo5): 30th of May, 2PM KST— Kevin Kim ???? (@KevinKimLoL) May 20, 2020
– Match 1: Group A #1 vs Group B #2
– Match 2: Group B #1 vs Group A #2
Finals (Bo5): 31st of May, 6PM KST
– Winner of Match 1 of Semifinals vs Winner of Match 2 of Semifinals pic.twitter.com/zQy3TOEA1N
The tournament will feature a US$600,000 prize pool and the winners will be crowned as the first Mid-Season Cup champions.
Where to watch
The 2020 Mid-Season Cup will be played in each league’s respective venues — the LoL Park in South Korea for the LCK and the LPL Arena in Shanghai, China for the LPL. Live audiences will not be permitted in both stages, however, but Summoners can catch all the action online.
Both of these online events are the product of Riot Games’ efforts to fill in the gap of the canceled international event the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI).