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Riot Game has announced that it will host an online tournament on May 28 titled League of Legends Mid-Season Cup, featuring a $600K USD prize pool and eight teams from LPL (China) and LCK (Korea).

Beginning Thursday, May 28, the top four teams from the LPL (China) Spring Split will line up against the best four from the LCK (South Korea) Spring Split in a special League of Legends Mid-Season Cup. In this star-studded showcase of League of Legends talent, the best teams from each league’s 2020 Spring Splits will face off in a series of epic matches to see which team is truly the greatest!

While the current environment has made it difficult to host international events, the close proximity of the LCK and LPL allow for the opportunity to create a meaningful inter-league competition that fans all over the world are eager to see.

The tournament will be held online with LCK teams competing from LoL Park in Seoul and LPL teams from the Shanghai LPL Arena. The Mid-Season Cup will adhere to the local health regulations of both cities and will feature no live audiences.

Teams Attending:

The four teams representing the LPL will be JD Gaming (LPL 2020 Spring Split Champions), Top Esports, FunPlus Phoenix and Invictus Gaming.

Representing LPL (China):

  • JD Gaming
  • Top Esports
  • FunPlus Phoenix
  • Invictus Gaming

Representing LCK (South Korea):

  • T1 Entertainment & Sports
  • Gen.G Esports
  • DragonX
  • DAMWON Gaming

To get an idea about where the teams individually stand on the race to the top, this tracker features League of Legends World Championship Odds. There has been lot’s of movement this past few months, with teams competing on a weekly basis. Two consistent teams to watch out for are DragonX and Gen.G.

While the LCK has earned seven international global event titles (League of Legends World Championship from 2013-2017; Mid-Season Invitationals 2016, 2017), the LPL has dominated the most recent global events, taking home Worlds in 2018 and 2019 in addition to their 2015 and 2018 MSI titles.

While the LCK has earned seven international global event titles (League of Legends World Championship from 2013-2017; Mid-Season Invitationals 2016, 2017), the LPL has dominated the most recent global events, taking home Worlds in 2018 and 2019 in addition to their 2015 and 2018 MSI titles.

In order to ensure the integrity of the competition, Riot Games said that they artificially standardize the ping level to 30-40m/s through the use of third-party tools. While the current environment has made it difficult to host international events, the close proximity of the LCK and LPL allows for the opportunity to create a meaningful inter-league competition that fans all over the world are eager to see.

Fans can watch the live Broadcast here.