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League of Legends: Vietnam is now an independent competitive region

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Vietnam got promoted to an independent region when it comes to League of Legends tournaments. This will be important for Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship 2018 as Vietnam will now have their own spot for these tournaments.

Vietnam has been dominating its qualifying league in the last four splits, winning each of them. If there ever was a case of a gladiator earning his freedom in gaming, this is it. Southeast Asia's Garena Premier League (GPL) consisted of Philipines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the dominating Vietnam up until now. 

Vietnam's league (VCS) will now have teams of its own exclusively competing for a spot on World Championships. For the upcoming Rift Rivals tournament, VCS will be grouped with Turkey (TCL) and Commonwealth of Independent States of Russia (LCL), while GPL will remain grouped with Oceania (OPL) and Japan (LJL).

Riot GamesProfile pictures of the Vietnamese team GIGABYTE Marines' player roster.GIGABYTE Marines, the current GPL champions.

VCS changes will also alter the structures of the highlights of the League of Legends competitive season, the Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship. MSI will now change its format to a 14-team tournament in order to accommodate the newly VCS tournament slot, while World Championship will retain its 24-team tournament structure. 

VCS will now have the World Championship spot previously reserved to the highest ranking league between Brazil, CIS, Japan, Latin America North, Latin America South, Oceania, Southeast Asia, or Turkey. 

Vietnam will be looking to reaffirm their spot among the world's best regions on Mid-Season Invitational 2018 and repeat their high end performance from MSI 2017 where GIGABYTE Marines shared the 5th/6th place with the North American powerhouse, Team SoloMid.

Riot GamesPromotional banner for League of Legends' Mid-Season Invitational tournament.MSI 2018 will be the first big tournament where Vietnam will participate as an independent region.

Vietnam's promotion to independence from Southeast Asia leaves an abstract question in mind. If their regional domination gave them independence from SEA, where could possibly Korea go after dominating the entire world in League of Legends' competitive scene for the past five years?