The 2018 Mid-Season invitational is between the first and second splits for all regions. MSI is the first global event that’s heading to Europe. Europe was the host region for the 2014 All-Star, The 2015 World Championship, and the 2016 All-Star Event. This will be the first time EU hosts MS. It consists of 14 invited teams which are Brazil, China, Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, Japan, Korea, Latin America North, Latin America South, North America South, North America, Oceania, Southeast Asia, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao, Turkey, and Vietnam. All regions other than Korea, China, Europe and North America participate in the Play in. Play in/Group Stage will be held in Berlin – Adlerhshof, Germany and Semifinals/Finals in Paris France. Minimum Prize pool is $1,000,000. $250,000 is a contribution from tournament organizers, 25% of the sales from a Conqueror Varus and 2018 Conqueror Ward skins will be additionally added to the prize pool.
Play In stage is the first stage of MSI. It’s played before the group stage. Teams will be organized in two groups of four, where they will play a double round-robin phase ( is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. It contrasts with an elimination tournament. )
Round one takes place on May 3-6 with each day presenting six games from one of the two groups. The winners of each group in Round 1 advance to Round 2 where they will be aimlessly coupled against VN or LMS to play a best of 5 to advance to the MSI Group Stage.
Round 2 takes place on May 8-9 and the winners of that round will proceed to the next stage of a tournament which is Group stage.
Group Stage is the second stage of MSI. 2 teams from Playin and four seeded teams from Korea (LCK), China (LPL), North America (NA LCS) and Europe (EU LCS) play double again round-robin phase best of one against each other. Top four teams advance to Knockout stage.
Knockout stage (Semifinals & Finals) is on May 18-20. It consists of four teams which will be single eliminated. 1st place team from Group Stage will choose either the 3rd place or 4th place team as their opponent. All matches will be Best of five.