Everything you need to know about MSI (Updated to include Day 4)

by theScore eSports Staff  May 10 2015
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The best teams from their respective regions made their way to Tallahassee, FL and, after an incredible four days of competitive League of Legends, China's Edward Gaming stood atop the world.

Edward Gaming went into the playoffs with a 4-1 record, only giving up a single game to SK Telecom T1 in the group stages. They then moved to the semifinals where they easily took down AHQ e-Sports Club in three straight games.

In the Grand Finals, Edward Gaming and SK Telecom T1 faced off in an exciting five game series that tested the endurance of both teams. In the end, Edward Gaming edged out ahead, ending Fakers perfect 12-0 record on his signature LeBlanc.

Now that the champions have been crowned, here is a complete list of everything you need to know about MSI 2015:

Day 4 (Grand Finals):

  • Edward Gaming became the first ever MSI 2015 Champions, over taking the tournament favorites, SK Telecom T1. The series went the distance as both teams brought their best for the Mid-Season Invitational.
  • SKT convincingly took the first game over Edward Gaming. Bengi was the focus of EDG’s pick/ban phase but this choice left open Kalista for Bang - a critical mistake. Koro1 was trying his best to keep his team in the game but it was not enough, as SKT’s team fighting was far superior.
  • The second game began with an insane level one teamfight that went to EDG. SKT managed to secure turrets and pick a couple of kills to keep themselves in the game but eventually, they never truly recovered and EDG evened up the series at 1-1.
  • Game 3 was an absolute stomp as EDG dominated every aspect of the game. There was no coming back as SKT quickly surrendered just before the 30 minute mark.
  • After losing two straight, SKT finally brought Faker in for Game 4. SKT looked like a new team with their star player in the lineup, taking an early game lead and never looking back. Faker ended the game with a flawless score of 6/0/12.
  • Edward Gaming finished off SKT in a hard fought fifth and final game. Faker was allowed to pick LeBlanc and was handed his first ever loss on the champion. EDG become MSI 2015 Champions.

Day 3 (Semifinals):

Day 2:

Day 1:




Further Reading

  • SK Telecom T1 have shown a great deal of versatility in their lineup, electing to swap out their bench as they see fit. However, due to a restriction on substitutes, SKT will be limited to just one sub - Easyhoon. Luckily enough, Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger's piece on Easyhoon should give you an in-depth look at "The Forsaken Son".
  • For those interested in the nitty gritty of the entire tournament, a complete book of rules has been released by Riot open for the public to read.
  • What would the world of competitive League of Legends look like without their extensive on-air talent? Sometimes quirky, always informative, you can read up on the entire on-air lineup for MSI here.

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