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Hello everyone, and welcome to our brand new article series covering the MSI 2023 Fantasy Tournament! In this first article, we’ll go over the fantasy tournament rules before quickly taking a look at the MSI format itself. Then, as you read on, you’ll be able to learn a bit about each of the play-in teams and figure out just how to make the best fantasy team for the first stage of the tournament.
Intro To The Fantasy Tournament
If you participated in our previous Fantasy Tournaments, for Worlds 2022 or the LEC Winter and Spring Splits, you know how it works. If not, here's a quick breakdown of MOBAFire's MSI Fantasy Tournament:
You will create a team of pro players from different teams playing at MSI this year. You will then earn points based on the real world performance of the players you've chosen. Put together the best team you can and see how many points you can earn while you're enjoying the show!
That’s something that this article should hopefully help you with. Essentially, you’re meant to pick players that you think are going to do well at MSI. You earn points when the player you’ve chosen has gotten a kill, an assist, has killed a minion, and you lose points when the player has died. Additionally, you’ll earn points when the player’s team destroys a turret, kills the Dragon or Baron Nashor, achieves First Blood, and, naturally, when the team wins an MSI game.
Sounds tempting to just pick up every player from the historically most dominating team, right? Well, there are two restrictions to keep in mind:
💰 What are the prizes?
The prizing distribution has been updated since our latest fantasy tournament to reward more players:
🏁 How do I get started?
To curate your team, head on over to this link!
MSI Format Explained
Thirteen teams have been invited to MSI, and the first seed from Korea, China, EMEA, and North America have bypassed the play-in stage. These teams are Gen. G from the LCK, JD Gaming from the LPL, MAD Lions of EMEA, and Cloud9 from the LCS. Additionally, LCK's second seed has received a bye as well thanks to the region’s victory at Worlds in 2022, so T1 will join these four teams in the group stage starting May 9th.
Three more teams will join these five in the fray in the bracket stage if they succeed in the play-ins. There are eight teams fighting for these three spots, and they are: Bilibili Gaming (LPL), G2 Esports (EMEA), Golden Guardians (LCS), PSG Talon (PCS), GAM Esports (VCS), DetonatioN FocusMe (LJL), LOUD (CBLOL), and Movistar R7 (LLA). For this first stage of the fantasy tournament, you'll be making a dream team consisting of players from these eight teams.
As far as the format is concerned, the eight play-in teams have been split into two double elimination brackets, which means there is a Group A with four teams and a Group B with the other. The winner of each group moves forward into the bracket stage alongside Gen. G, JD Gaming, MAD Lions, C9 and T1. Double elimination means that the teams need to lose two series before they’re totally eliminated. Losing just one series means they will remain in play, but be moved to the lower bracket. After two of the eight teams have advanced to Stage 2, a third will be decided based off the results of the lower bracket run. All of the series in the play-in stage are best-of-three matches.
Stage 2, the bracket stage, has a very similar format. The games will also be double elimination, but the matches will be best-of-five instead, for twice the excitement! Additionally, there will be no division into groups, the eight teams will all be seeded into one big group.
You can learn even more about MSI by reading Elrubicante’s article at this link!
Meet the Play-In Teams
Players To Watch
Hans Sama ($210)
Fantasy Tournament Tips & Tricks
Assign the right captain. Captains will earn you 1.5x more points across the board, so do a little research once you've assembled your team to figure out which player should be made captain. In general, mid laners and bot laners tend to make great captains, as they tend to garner the most kills and creep score across the games. Supports, on the other hand, may be a bigger gamble because they are comparatively weaker which could spell dying a lot.
Choose teams that you predict will do well. Sounds obvious, but basically, you'll earn points if your fantasy players' teams win. Moreover, if your fantasy player is on a team that keeps losing, they'll probably not be able to deliver on fantastic stats. It's a lot harder to not die when your whole team is losing inhibitors by the 15th minute mark. There are players that tend to do well even on underperforming teams, but make sure to have at least a few players on your roster that are on winning teams.
Double Double Dip! The best results come from having more than one player from a winning team. Ideally, you’ll be able to predict the two teams that will make it past play-ins (for example, G2 and BLG) and then add a third player, who will, ideally, also come from a team that might make it past play-ins. This third team will be hard to predict, but let’s say you think Golden Guardians will join G2 and BLG. If you can finesse two players from G2, two from BLG, and one from GG, you’ll get way more points than if you were to have a super diverse team, even if the players individually are very good.
If you do end up in a situation where you've selected and captained a player that, against all odds, is now on the 10th place team, you can always sell them. You have one sell token per stage, so this is a precious resource and you should treat it this way though. Some teams/players might take a little to get their groove on, but others will show you by the second or third week that it might be best to call it and move on.
Invest more $$ on mid lane and bot lane. As mentioned previously, these are the key roles when it comes to KDA. You won't be able to purchase five $200+ cost players, so focus your funds on mid lane > bot lane > .... > supports. While supports can have great KDAs, and often do, most of the supports cost less than $200 and are actually fantastic. This is one category where it's totally okay to go low and not feel like you're missing out at all.
You've reached the end of our first article covering MSI! International tournaments can be quite daunting for fans who normally only watch one or two regions, and it can be quite hard to form the right fantasy team when you don't know half of the teams or players participating in these huge events. We hope this article helped you, and wish you the best in the fantasy tournament!
A huge, huge thanks goes to Silverman43 who has been an incredible help with researching all of these play-in teams! Credits also go to LoL.fandom Wiki for their collection of player portraits, up-to-date statistics, overviews and all-around fantastic work documenting LoL esports.