Six teams, a different format but the same level of excitement and competition. The winner of the MSS goes to Iceland!

Riot Games has announced that the League of Legends inaugural mid-season showdown will begin this Saturday. The showdown will continue through the finals weekend at the Los Angeles Greek Theater on April 10-11. 

The event will not have a live audience and Riot Games says it will have a strict adherence to COVID protocols. This includes testing of players before arrival and separation on-site for finalist teams.

Which teams are playing in the mid-season showdown?

The six teams in the mid-season showdown are as follows:

  • Cloud9
  • Team SoloMid
  • Team Liquid
  • 100Thieves
  • Dignitas
  • Evil Geniuses

What is the format of the Mid-Season showdown?

The mid-season playoff counts as its own LCS title. The top six teams with the best regular-season records qualify for the mid-season showdown. 

The first four seeds make up the upper bracket. The fifth and sixth seed teams will start in the lower bracket. The showdown uses a double-elimination format.

The LCS champion will receive an award in an on-stage ceremony. The winner also proceeds to qualify for the global Mid-Season Invitational in May in Reykjavik, Iceland. The mid-seasonal invitational takes place from May 6-23, 2021. 

MSS sees return of ads in-game

The Red Bull banner will be visible in the Baron Pit. Image Credit: Riot Games / LoL Wiki


Food delivery platform Grubhub is the sponsor of the mid-season showdown. Grubhub and Red Bull will get branded banners on the map. The Baron will see a Red Bull banner, the first branded banner in the pit. 

League of Legends fans can catch their favorite teams in action on Twitch, YouTube Gaming and the LCS website

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Started with playing Riki in Dota 2. Used to hide gems in the jungle cause I didn't know how to destroy a gem. Went to CSGO, then Overwatch then back to Dota 2. The prodigal son returned to Dota 2, but lost 500 MMR. I am an esports journalist, cover a wide range of topics but never go astray from my true love, Dota 2.