The three teams to emerge from the play ins are the Flash Wolves from the LMS, North America’s Team Liquid and regional representatives Phong Vu Buffalo. The play in stage schedule was affected as there was mourning for former Vietnamese President Le Duc Anh and therefore no games were played on Friday or Saturday.
Group A was seen as the more competitive one as Phong vu Buffalo not only dropped games against Oceania’s Bombers and Turkey’s 1907 Fenerbahce Esports, but also had to play the latter in a tie breaker for the chance to advance to the best of 5 against team Liquid.
Group B on the other hand was ruled by LCL’s Vega Squadron who picked up 5 wins only dropping their last game against MEGA esports enroute to a clash with the Flash wolves.
The first round of best of fives were rather quick affairs with both Flash wolves and Team Liquid taking it 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. The subsequent battle for the last spot between Vega and Phong Vu looked done after the Vietnamese representatives dominated the first 2 games, however Vega managed to find their groove and bring it all the way to a silver scrapes game 5. However this was sadly not enough and they were unable to pull of the reverse sweep.
The three remaining teams join G2, SKT and IG for a chance at the MSI trophy and international bragging rights until the world championship in the fall. Current world Champions Invictus Gaming seem to be current tournament favorites however a SKT led by Faker cannot be counted out seeing as they have made the finals of every major international tournament he has attended and G2 esports could very well be the best western team ever. That’s about it for the MSI 2019 teams reveal!