League of Legends: LCK and LPL Mid Season Cup Revealed

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The cancellation of MSI and Rift Rivals has led to a new League of Legends tournament being announced for the LCK and LPL, the Mid Season Cup.

It’s certainly not the best time of year to be a professional League of Legends fan with Spring Splits concluded and the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational canceled. However, Riot Games has announced a new tournament to fill the void and entertain fans during the month-long lull without games. The first Mid Season Cup tournament will feature the top four LCK and LPL teams.

The format of the event has yet to be revealed, but we do know that it will take place online with the LCK teams playing from LoL Park, Seoul, and the LPL teams playing from the Shanghai LPL Arena. No live audience members can attend the event, but the tournament can be viewed at watch.lolesports.com.

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These are the eight teams that will be taking part in the Mid Season Cup in an incredibly stacked line-up that features three of the top four teams from Worlds 2019:


  • T1
  • Gen. G
  • DragonX
  • DAMWON Gaming


  • JD Gaming
  • Top Esports
  • FunPlus Phoenix
  • Invictus Gaming

The Mid-Season Invitational features the top teams from every major region battling it out for a prestigious title, while Rift Rivals events are a lot more relaxed and fun. The Mid Season Cup could strike a balance between the two, but it currently feels like it will lean more towards a Rift Rivals vibe, potentially leading to teams taking it easy during the tournament.

Regional pride is a way to get fans involved and hyped, but it doesn’t seem to be as much of a motivating factor to players as Riot hopes it is. That same regional pride seems to be the top selling point of international events and why the fans tune in, but without the players viewing it as important, we don’t see the highest quality League of Legends.

However, this could change in the build-up to the competition due to the lack of professional play over the last month having players itching for high-quality games. This will especially be the case if the match schedule is strong which is bound to be the case with the top four LCK and LPL teams facing off.

If T1 and FunPlus Phoenix are drawn together, that would be a must-watch game.

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The Mid Season Cup starts on May 28th, 2020, and fans will receive more information about the tournament in the build-up. Riot has stated that this is the first of many tournaments, so you should expect to see other major regions receiving their own Mid Season Cups in the coming weeks!