Despite all the efforts to mitigate the setbacks caused by COVID, leagues around the world are still finding it difficult to maneuver around the pandemic. The LPL in particular has recently had issues regarding travel and COVID-19. As the Mid-Season Invitational draws near, it became increasingly difficult to get the Chinese representative team to the event. In order to allow the LPL team to participate in MSI, Riot Games announced an update to the event. The LPL representative will be playing remotely.
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) April 21, 2022
Additionally, teams will all players at a minimum of 35ms in order to ensure that ping is not a factor at the event. By creating a ping cap, the LPL (or any other team that may need to play remotely) should not have a disadvantage against teams playing on LAN. At the moment, the LPL rep has yet to be decided. Top Esports and Royal Never Give Up are playing this weekend to determine who will attend MSI this year.
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The Mid-Season Invitational will be held in Busan, South Korea this year. This will be the first time that MSI is held in South Korea. MSI will run through May 10 through May 29 as teams compete to declare themselves the top in the world at the halfway point. Last year RNG took home the trophy beating eventual World Champions DAMWON Gaming. MSI is a unique event where smaller region teams can make a splash on the international stage. Teams like PSG Talon and Pentanet.GG shocked viewers with their exciting game play and entertaining personalities.
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