MSI groups have officially been drawn! While the LCS and VCS haven’t yet decided their representatives, we now know where every participant will land. And, considering how the groups fell, we’re going to have some fierce competition between the minor region representatives.
Group A pits LCK powerhouse T1 against fan-favorite Japanese team DetonatioN FocusMe, LATAM representative Team Aze, and the to-be-determined VCS team. T1 are an obvious favorite here, but there’s a strong chance we get to see DFM's new and improved roster have a chance at high placement.
Group B has the newly crowned LPL champions RNG against the PCS’s PSG Talon, CBLOL’s Red Canids, and the TCL’s Istanbul Wildcats. Again, a clear favorite here in RNG, but the competition between PSG Talon and the other two minor region teams will be fierce, with PSG coming in as early favorites.
Both G2 and whoever wins the LCS will be in Group C, along with ORDER, the OCE rep this year. As much as we’d love to see an OCE miracle run, this group is all but set in stone as far as who moves on.
Given the seeding that keeps the major regions apart, we’ll be seeing at least two minor region teams move on to the next stage, which feels like a very apt pairing for what MSI is all about: a worldwide representation of talent.
Carver is an esports journalist and analyst who specializes in Eastern League of Legends.