2015 Mid Season Invitational (MSI) Round-up

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2015 Mid Season Invitational (MSI) Round-up

You can view the best matches from the 2015 Mid Season Invitational further down this page.

With a break in between the regular Spring and Summer LCS splits, the competitive League of Legends scene has turned its eyes to the Mid Season Invitational (also known as “MSI”). At the Mid Season Invitation, the winning spring split teams from each region come together for a mini mid-season tournament. Unlike the LCS splits there’s no spot at Worlds up for grabs here but money and pride are still available to win, so every victory counts. The tournament follows a simple format consisting of a single group stage, semi-finals and a final. The teams that qualified are as follows:

  • TSM – NA LCS Spring Split Winners
  • Fnatic – EU LCS Spring Split Winners
  • Edward Gaming – LPL (China) Winners
  • AHQ – GPL (Taiwan) Winners
  • Besiktas – Wildcard Winners
  • SK Telecom T1 – KR (Korea) Regional Playoff Winners

With SK Telecom T1 the clear favourites before a match had even been played it was going to be tough for any other teams. However, like any League of Legends tournament the 2015 Mid Season Invitational certainly threw up some surprises! Let’s take a stage by stage look at how the tournament unfolded.

2015 Mid Season Invitational Group Stage

Matches to watch

TSM vs Fnatic

TSM vs Fnatic, NA vs EU – this is possibly the biggest rivalry around in competitive League of Legends at the current time. With the NA scene looking reasonably strong and the EU scene particularly weak, many people expected this to be a walkover for TSM. However that didn’t happen – Fnatic steamrolled through TSM to claim victory in the first game of the 2015 Mid Season Invitational and give EU bragging rights over NA, at least until the 2015 LoL World Championships. You can watch the TSM vs Fnatic game below (click here to skip the picks and bans)

SK Telecom T1 vs Fnatic

SK Telecom T1 may have missed out on Worlds last year but they are still considered one of the strongest teams in the world. In fact, SK Telecom T1 are so strong that they have never lost to a European or North American team. Could Fnatic be the team to end this streak? As it turns out the answer is no – but they certainly pushed them all the way in what was a close and exciting game. You can watch SK Telecom T1 vs Fnatic below (click here to skip the picks and bans)

Final Group Stage Table

The group stage table ended as follows (click image for a larger size), with SK Telecom T1, Edward Gaming, AHQ and Fnatic all qualifying for the Semi-Finals:

2015 Mid Season Invitational Semi-Final

Match to watch

SK Telecom T1 vs Fnatic

SK Telecom T1 managed to beat Fnatic in the group stages, but could Fnatic pull it back over a best of 5 series? SK Telecom T1 had never lost to a European or North American team before, but Fnatic managed to pull the tie equal at 2-2 at one point! However it proved to be in vain has SK Telecom T1 managed to win game 5 and go on to the final. You can watch the incredible SK Telecom T1 vs Fnatic best of 5 below ( click here to watch the decisive game 5 only)

In the other match, Edward Gaming beat AHQ eSports club to progress to the 2015 Mid Season Invitational final.

2015 Mid Season Invitational Final

Korean heavyweights SK Telecom T1 vs China’s number one Edward Gaming – this had all the makings of a future League of Legends classic. The match provided much entertainment, going all the way to game 5, for Edward Gaming to eventually win 3-2 overall. This was the first ever time that SK Telecom T1 had lost a best of 5 at an international tournament, so Edward Gaming have every right to be delighted in their win. You can view the final decisive game (game 5) here (click here to skip the picks and bans)

Mid Season Invitational Show Match – Casters vs Pros

Riot are specialists at putting on show events and matches, and the 2015 Mid Seasonal Invitational was no exception. The show match involved casters from various regions playing against pros from previously eliminated teams. The match was based on a “Noxus vs Demacia” theme, with each team only allowed champions from that region. The teams were as follows

Casters (Demacia):

  • Cloudtemplar
  • Kobe
  • Misaya
  • Phreak
  • XiaoXiao

Pros (Noxus):

  • Energy (Besiktas)
  • Febiven (Fnatic)
  • Thaldrin (Besiktas)
  • Huni (Fnatic)
  • WildTurtle (TSM)

This match had it all – plays, outplays, comedy, great casting…. It’s an absolute must watch! You can view the MSI Casters vs Pros Show Match below

Can Edward Gaming match their MSI form and challenge at the 2015 LoL World Championships? Or will SK Telecom T1 regain their Season 3 crown? Let us know in the comments below!

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