The 2021 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational has given viewers some of the best moments after last year's world championship. Though, the results of which teams have made it past the first group stage are a little less surprising than other times. As the group stage transitions into another group stage, it was shown early on that the Eastern teams are looking to dominate yet again.
Four Teams That Qualified for MSI 2021 Stage 2
As the group stage finishes up with Group C on Tuesday, these are the teams that are advancing to the new "Rumble" stage - another best of one, double round robin group stage where the top four in the group will make it into the bracket stage.
1. Pentanet.GG (PGG)
Both teams were not able to secure any victories off of the Chinese powerhouse, Royal Never Give Up, leaving the three-team group stage up for grabs on who will take the second seed. The team from the land down under defeated the Russian Unicorns of Love off of a tie-breaker match after tying with each other, 2-2. Performances from both Jackson "Pabu" Pavone and Jesse "Chazz" Mahoney propelled the team forward, even after losing two games earlier in the day.
2. MAD Lions (MAD)
MAD Lions come out as the first seed from Group B, as they dominated their group, only dropping a game to Istanbul Wildcats in the second day of the tournament. MAD left the loss behind them as they defeated Paris Saint-Germain Talons and paiN Gaming, 2-0, to finish 5-1 at the end of the group stage. The LEC underdogs of the tournament look strong as they have a difficult Rumble stage ahead.
3. Paris Saint-Germain Talon (PSG Talon)
Losing two games in the group stage only to MAD were crucial in securing their seed for the next round. Mid laner Huang "Maple" Yi-tang stayed consistent through the first round and surprise substitute Chiu "Doggo" Tzu-chuan contributed his fair share for the team's seeding. The dark horses of the tournament of PSG Talons advance again into the Rumble stage where they'll look to take some games off of the top qualifiers.
4. Royal Never Give Up (RNG)
In a group that was poised for League of Legends Pro League's representatives RNG to win, the Chinese team did not disappoint. Going perfect across eight games in the group stage, both UoL and PGG were no match for RNG as they won in dominating fashion. RNG will look past this group as they set their eyes towards defeating DAMWON Gaming, arguably the favorites of MSI, in the finals instead.