Riot Games have officially cancelled 2020 Mid-Season Invitational, confirming reports from Wednesday by Travis Gafford. Initial plans for the international tournament were for it to be held in July, due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, but due to the risk factor, that’s not happening either, John Needham, Riot’s Global Head of Esports confirmed.
“Based on the modeling of our external risk advisors, however, it appears highly unlikely that either the global spread/impact of COVID-19 or the restrictive travel and public gathering policies responding to the crisis will abate significantly by the time of MSI’s current planned dates (July 3-19). With this model plus input from health authorities, local governments, regional leagues and teams, travel experts, and other stakeholders, we have made the difficult decision to not hold MSI in 2020.”
The cancellation of MSI, however, will result in expanding the team pool for the 2020 World Championship, giving more teams the chance to participate. As the highest-ranked regions, China’s LPL and Europe’s LEC will get one additional slot. The Southeast Asia’s PCS (the product of LMS’ and LCT’s merger) will get two seeds, as will Vietnam’s VCS. The LCS and LCK will stay at three team slots each.
2020 League of Legends World Championship slots:
- LPL, LEC — 4 teams each
- LCK, LCS — 3 teams each
- PCS, VCS — 2 teams each
- CBLOL, TCL, LJL, LLA, OPL, LCL — 1 team each
According to the official announcement, Riot are still determine to hold the World Championship in China. The current venue for the grand finals is the Shanghai Stadium.
The current LoL Spring Split is wrapping up its final matches, all of which are played online due to risk concerns. In North America, Cloud9 swept FlyQuest for the title, and in Europe G2 Esports did the same to Fnatic. On Saturday, April 25, T1 will face Gen.G for the LCK title. China’s LPL is most behind, just entering its quarterfinal phase, with its grand finals scheduled for May 2.