Just a few weeks into the Spring Split, and hours after releasing the patch notes for 7.3, Riot Games has revealed the dates and locations for the Mid-Season Invitational and World Championship.

But, first, hang on to your hats because there are some changes that need to be addressed.

Riot has outlined a number of changes to the format that will be used for MSI 2017, including making it a tournament that encompasses teams from all thirteen leagues. The winning team from each region’s Spring Split will be awarded their league’s seed, with each seed placement being based off of their regions’ results from former MSIs and Worlds. Results from Worlds will be given more weight than MSI, as well as more recent results will hold more influence over older ones. However, it will not be marked based off of overall skill, but how far each region advanced into their respective tournaments.

On that note, Riot has also decided to do without the “wildcard” status for certain regions, like CIS and Oceania.

As for dates and location information, you can refer to the following:

Stage Location Dates
Play-In CBLOL Arena, Sao Paulo April 28 – May 1, May 3 – 4, May 6
Groups Rio Arena, Rio de Janeiro May 10 – 14
Knockout Rio Arena, Rio de Janerio May 19 -21

MSI will first kick off in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the play-in stage from April 28th – May 1st, May 3rd-4th, and May 6th. It will then move to Rio de Janeiro for group stages at the Rio Arena from May 10th – 14th. Staying at the Rio Arena, MSI 2017 will advance into the knockout stage on May 19th and will continue into the 21st.

While MSI takes on a new frontier, Riot will be returning to familiar grounds as it takes China by storm with Worlds, spanning four of the country’s major cities.

Stage Location Dates
Play-In Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan September 23 – 26, September 28 – 29
Groups Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan October 5 – 8, October 12 – 15
Quarterfinals Guangzhou Gymnasium, Guangzhou October 19 – 22
Semifinals Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai October 28 – 29
Grand Finals Beijing National Stadium, Beijing November 4

Play-In stages begin in September at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in Wuhan, running from the 23rd to the 26th, and the 28th and 29th. Wuhan will also play home to the Group Stages from October 5th to the 8th, and from the 12th to the 15th.

Like with previous Worlds events, the Quarterfinals will be held at a different location; this year’s quarterfinals are to kick off in Guangzhou at the Guangzhou Gymnasium from October 19th to the 22nd. On October 28th to the 29th, the Semifinals will take place at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. The 2017 season will draw to a close at the Beijing National Stadium on November 4th, where the two best League of Legends teams in the world will compete on the same stage that housed the 2008 Summer Olympics, in front of 80,000 people.

Similarly to MSI 2017, this year’s World Championship will feature format changes from 2016.

Of the twenty-four available seeds available for the thirteen regions that teams will hail from, three will be awarded to teams from LMS. Riot described their reasoning behind the change as a recognition of the league’s competitiveness, which places them on the same level as other highly-competitive leagues like the LCK.

Emphasis on “like,” meaning “close, but let’s not get too hasty.” Riot has all but acknowledged the Koreans as our League overlords, as teams from the LCK will no longer have to prove their worth in the play-in stage; they will automatically advance into group stages.

Additionally, teams coming from less competitive regions have the additional motivation to perform, as Riot promises to grant an additional Worlds seed for their region if they compete. This means that if a team hailing from Japan tears their way through MSI to make their claim as the highest ranking region of the group (Read: They don’t need to win, just prove themselves better than the rest), a total of two JPN teams will compete in Worlds.

Last year, SK Telecom T1 took home the summoner’s cup and over $2,000,000 USD in prize money, marking their third win at Worlds after a riveting five-game match against Samsung Galaxy at the sold-out Staples Center.

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