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May 24th, 2021

“Battle for Prestige” - Results of Mid-Season Invitational 2021

The Mid-Season Invitational ended with the victory of Royal Never Give Up. In a bitter struggle, they defeated DAMWON KIA with a score of 3-2 and became champions. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the results from different angles. Let's begin!

Hype and views

The day before the final, the 2021 tournament surpassed the previous one in terms of watched hours and average online. Spectators missed the League of Legends of the highest level and enjoyed watching the battles of the strongest teams in the world, and at the DWG vs RNG match the record for peak online was broken.

View statistics from escharts.com

View statistics from escharts.com

MSI 2021 has managed to gather all the attention around itself: if you look at the League subreddit, you will find that it consists almost entirely of clips of cool moments.

The most popular teams of the tournament are MAD Lions, DAMWON KIA and paiN Gaming: they were the ones who gathered the most people at the screens.

The strength of the regions

Unicorns of Love at MSI 2021

Unicorns of Love at MSI 2021

Let's start with the main disappointment: the departure of Unicorns of Love in the group stage. The rivals for the unicorns were Royal Never Give Up and Pentanet.GG. The Chinese team was the clear favorite in Group A, but the Australians managed to impose a serious fight on them a couple of times, while the CIS team could not oppose anything at all. There is a complete stagnation: UOL practically did not play with new meta champions, and also did not use the templates that surprised everyone at Worlds 2020. The individual performance and understanding of the macro game of the LCL representatives was worse than anyone else and they deservedly took the last place.

DetonatioN FocusMe at MSI 2021

DetonatioN FocusMe at MSI 2021

DetonatioN FocusMe and Aria in particular performed unexpectedly well. The Korean legionnaire in the Japanese team was able to beat Cloud9, and was also close to making the main sensation of the tournament - defeating DAMWON KIA. Despite the low win rate and early exit from the tournament, it was possible to notice that in terms of early map control and farming, the LJL winners keep up with the recognized giants of the scene.

PSG Talon at MSI 2021

PSG Talon at MSI 2021

The Pacific region, represented by PSG Talon, has shown that it can compete on an equal footing with such collectives as DWG and RNG. Despite the substitution performance, the PCS winners were able to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to the Chinese team in a tense struggle. Substitute Doggo even won the title of MVP at 2 Map of the 1/2 Finals.

The LCK and LPL players proved their superiority over the rest of the leagues, America again did not live up to the expectations of the fans, and with Europe showed its usual result.

Most boring meta

Patch 11.9 was intended to diversify picks and strategies, however, as a result, we got Lee Sin in mid/top, as well as jungle Morgana and Rumble. The rest of the game in the esports scene has remained virtually unchanged.

Lee Sin

Lee Sin

The Blind Monk fits very well into the current meta: Pick/Ban Rate is 91.3%, while he wins 64.3% of the time.

The most popular champion for the bottom lane is still Kai'Sa: her Pick/Ban Rate is 90%, with a winrate of 55.4%.

The champions with the highest win rates were Senna (100% with 3 games), Gragas (80% with 5 games), Thresh (72.7% with 11 games) and Sylas (70.6% with 17 games).

Many expected a wide variety of picks from all teams from the patch, but nonmetal champions only appeared as signature blanks and very rarely.

Team standings and prize money

  • 1st place - Royal Never Give Up - $ 75,000 + additional slot for region at Worlds 2021
  • 2nd place - DAMWON KIA - $ 50,000
  • 3-4th place - PSG Talon - $ 25,000
  • 3-4th place - MAD Lions - $ 25,000
  • 5th-6th place - Cloud9 - $ 17,500
  • 5th-6th place - Pentanet.GG - $ 17,500
  • 7-9th place - Unicorns Of Love - $ 8,325
  • 7-9th place - paiN Gaming - $ 8,325
  • 7-9th place - DetonatioN FocusMe - $ 8,325
  • 10-11th place - Istanbul Wildсats - $ 5,000
  • 10-11th place - Infinity Esports - $ 5,000

Conclusion

These were the results of MSI 2021. The 11 best teams in the world have shown us the high level of the competitive League and are now retiring. The season will continue on June 4 with the first matches of the LCS summer split, and in a week Europe will also enter the fight. Follow the news of the summer split on the event page!

See you at the Rift!