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League of Legends' second biggest tournament delayed due to Coronavirus

Published: 13:24, 26 February 2020
Riot Games
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Riot Games announced that Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2020 will be postponed due to Coronavirus posing a health risk to the participants and likely because some leagues wouldn't meet the schedule for the same reason.

Coronavirus continues disrupting the gaming world. This time around, it is yet another esports event that was delayed due to health risks but it's not just any tournament. MSI is one of the most prestigious League of Legends tournaments, second only to the World Championship itself.

However, this is an international tournament which includes participants from China and South Korea. As you are probably aware by now, South Korea's situation with the virus is not as dire as China's but the regular LCK matches are being played in empty studios as a precaution.

However, China's premium competition, LPL, has been outright suspended until further notice in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Considering that some of the best League of Legends teams are hailing from China, the competition wouldn't be what it is if the region was prevented from participating.

While that alone may be reason enough to postpone MSI 2020, it is possible that the planned venue was also in China. Riot Games did not reveal the exact locations but they did mention that they had to "adjust timing and location of MSI 2020" due to the outbreak. 

Furthermore, the announcement noted that the new time and location will be revealed at some point in the future but the details remained scarce. 

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Keep in mind that LPL went through just one week of the Spring split before being postponed so there is a total of nine weeks left before the top teams can be discerned, meaning we might also be several months away from MSI 2020, on top of the regular few months of wait as the tournament normally takes place in May each year.

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