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On May 28, Riot Games will host the 2020 Mid-Season Cup, a showdown between the LCK (LoL Champions Korea) and LPL (LoL Pro League.) The event will feature the top four teams from both leagues live on the official League of Legends esports channel. In this showcase, fans will watch both leagues battle it out to show which team is “truly the greatest.”
In place of the recently-canceled Mid-Season Invitational, Riot Games has decided to create this special event for all LPL and LCK fans. Although the event comes as a surprise, many fans had already shared rumors of the event. The showcase features plenty of top teams from the Spring Split season, showing a variety of different talents from both leagues. The following teams will participate in the Mid-Season Cup:
Representing LPL (China):
- JD Gaming
- Top Esports
- FunPlus Pheonix
- Invictus Gaming
Representing LCK (South Korea):
- DAMWON Gaming
Both JD Gaming and T1 have been crowned the 2020 Spring Split Champions of their respective leagues, making this a much-anticipated match-up. Additionally, Gen.G has previously secured first place in the Spring Split regular season, putting up a good fight in the LCK playoffs.
Although the LCK is globally-known as a very successful league, the LPL took the crown from them in recent years. The LCK had previously earned seven international event titles, but that didn’t stop the LPL from winning Worlds in 2018 and 2019. Although the LPL has been dominating the rift so far, the Mid-Season Cup gives LCK the chance to prove themselves as the better league.
Introducing the 2020 Mid-Season Cup:
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) May 13, 2020
An online competition
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mid-Season Cup will take place online. The LCK will compete from the LoL Park in Seoul, South Korea, and the LPL will participate from the Shanghai LPL Arena. Neither location will feature live audiences. Riot Games also plans to regulate the ping levels to 30/40 MS in order to ensure the integrity of the competition.
Additionally, there will be more events being announced soon in place of this year’s MSI. Stick with Daily Esports for more updates on League of Legends and its upcoming summer events.