The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational has been cancelled, according to a new report. Travis Gafford, an LCS insider and journalist, made the statement on his Hotline League Twitch show last night after stating he was “fairly confident” in the rumour.
Two weeks ago Riot Games announced it was postponing the tournament from May to July due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so that the teams had the “best chance to see travel restrictions lifted.” But if this rumour is anything to go by, we won’t see an international League of Legends tournament until Worlds 2020, which is slated to take place in the autumn of this year.
The rumour has been given credence by Cloud9’s midlaner Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dincer, who says the team predicted this might happen. “It feels kind of bad,” Nisqy tells Gafford on the show. “It sucks because one of our goals was to win the split and then get to MSI and improve from there. But we kind of knew it would not happen to be honest. I don’t think it’s a big surprise for us.”
If true, this will be the first time in six years that we haven’t had an MSI. An international tournament played online is also unlikely due to the amount of regions taking part.
It’s worth noting Riot Games hasn’t officially commented on the rumour so far though. We’ve reached out to Riot Games for a comment, and we’ll update this article if we hear anything.