MSI 2023 Playoffs: Fans complain about disappointing bracket

The Bracket stage of the Mid-Season Invitational 2023 in London is now set. Eight teams fought it out for six days on the Play-In Stage Stage. Only three emerged as winners of tickets to the bracket stage: Bilibili Gaming G2 Esports and Golden Guardians.

Three of the teams joined Gen.G and T1, JD Gaming Cloud9, MAD Lions, JD Gaming, T1 in the Brackets phase of MSI 2023. Eight teams will compete to win a share of $250,000 USD total prize pool and bragging rights in their respective regions.

MSI 2023 Brackets Stage Matchups Revealed

Cloud9 and Golden Guardians, both LCS teams, were paired against Bilibili Gaming (LPL) and JD Gaming (LPL). The LEC duo G2 Esports & MAD Lions were paired with LCK powerhouses Gen.G Esports & T1.

has already dubbed as a disaster, especially for Europe and North America. They will be up against the favorite teams in the first round of Brackets.

Riot’s format for its tournament has been criticized because it allows teams from the same area to play each other in the next bracket round. Fans were disappointed as they had hoped to see inter-regional games. This is evident in the possible Upper Bracket Semifinals between Gen.G and T1, both from the LCK. The prospect of missing highly anticipated inter-regional matches is frustrating for fans.

Inter-regional games in the Mid-Season Invitational are always anticipated by fans. These matches are exciting because they showcase the playstyles, metas, and strategies of each region. Some fans believe that when teams from the same area compete against one another, the excitement of the match is diminished because they are familiar with the playstyles and strategies.


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