paiN Gaming is retired from MSI 2021 – Photo: Playback / Riot Games
Although the competition has been held since 2015, Brazil only had chances in the competition two years later. This is because in 2017, Riot Games added the entry stage to the tournament, allowing countries from regions looking to achieve success in League of Legends to get a chance in the tournament.
The first copies are still without Brazil
The first editions of League of Legends MSI were played without the entry phase and with some major teams in the competitive MOBA scene from Riot Games. In that time, the teams faced each other in one group of six as the top four advanced to the playoffs until the Grand Champion was determined.
In the first season, which was held in Florida, USA, T1 swept all competitors in the group stage and managed to reach the playoffs without a single defeat. Under the guidance of Lee Faker, the team arrived as a great champion of the LCK Championship and was considered one of the greatest favorites to win the competition.
2016 Mid-Season Invitational Stage (MSI) in Shanghai – Photo: Riot Games
After a tight semi-final against Fnatic, the team reached the Grand Final against EDward Gaming. The organization had only one defeat in the group stage and that was against T1. The chance to rematch came in the Grand Final, where the team lost the series, but managed to recover in the top five (MD5) to win the championship 3-2.
The following year, the teams faced each other in Shanghai, China, with a prize pool of $450,000 USD. The value has already increased significantly compared to the $200,000 USD for the first edition, which shows the increased importance of competition in the League of Legends competitive landscape.
Of all the participants in this edition of the tournament, only T1 appeared as the team that was already in the previous event. This time, they advanced to the playoffs with a little more sacrifice, being the fourth and final team to secure the spot. Far from being as famous as he was at MSI’s first, he left the team in the semi-finals against Royal Never Give Up (3-1) and in the decision against Counter Logic Gaming (3-0).
Brazil debut at MSI 2017
Yoda’s return was one of RED’s bets last year – Photo: Disclosure / BBL
RED Canids had just won the 2017 CBLOL Summer Edition and had the chance to represent Brazil at MSI, which was held in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Playing at home, the team needed to progress from the playing stage to join the giants and top teams in the global stage of League of Legends.
However, even before RED Canids debuted in competition, The team had to deal with Felipe “Yoda” banishment.. At the time, one of the team’s highlights in winning the CBLOL title was suspended due to a racist comment referring to Asian players just before matches started.
The hook lasted three games and the mid-track player still had to pay a $2,000 fine. Without one of the most prominent elements of the team, RED Canids presented themselves for the competition ignoring the extra server factors and trying to focus as much as possible on winning, doing what was nearly necessary to beat the rankings.
In combination with SuperMassive Esports, Dire Wolves and Rampage, RED Canids only managed four wins and two losses. However, the setbacks faced by Dire Wolves and SuperMassive were the last in which the team failed to reach the MSI group stage classification, seeing the latter opponent advance after losing only one duel.
KaBuM as an actor and Brazil hit the beam in 2018
Kaboom eliminated from MSI – Photo: Riot Games / Disclosure
Kaboom! He traveled to Riot Games Studios in Berlin, Germany, to try to get Brazil into the MSI group stage for their competition match. For Group B, he fell alongside SuperMassive and Dire Wolves, the Brazilian executioners at MSI 2017, as well as PENTAGRAM.
Kaboom! I started well in the competition entry phase and managed to claim my first victory against PENTAGRAM. However, he saw the same RED Canids repeat itself when he failed to take the first duels played against SuperMassive and Dire Wolves.
With two defeats in the first three matches, KaBuM! He saw himself with the rope around his neck to win all of the following duels and still hoped that SuperMassive, who at the time was three wins and undefeated, would lose in the following matches. Despite the successful completion of the first half, Turkey’s opponents lost only one match and occupied the area.
Not tormented with INTZ at MSI 2019
The biggest winner of CBLOL’s first split in 2019, INTZ was the Brazilian representative in Vietnam, where MSI 2019 was held. Unlike RED Canids and KaBuM! The Intrépidos were in Group B without any of the Brazilian tormentors in previous editions, and superstitious people believed that Brazil could secure a place in the group stage of the competition.
Maestro drove INTZ at MSI 2019 – Photo: Riot Games
Under the guidance of coach Lucas “Maestro”, the team failed to provide everything that was expected of the Brazilian fans. On the first day of matches, INTZ ended up losing to Vega Squadron and MEGA Esports. Despite still having enough time to recover, the Intrepids needed a lot of effort to shine in place.
At GG Stadium, in Vietnam, he still saw defeats against DetonatioN FocusME, the group’s third and final opponent. After losing the first match of all teams, the Brazilians were already lacking a chance to advance to the group stage, but they managed to win an honorable victory at MEGA Esports as the Vega Squadron advanced to the MSI 2019 group stage.
Back to MSI 2021 with paiN Gaming
It seems brTT does not believe in defeating paiN at MSI 2021 – Photo: Reproduction
After a season without MSI due to Covid-19, paiN Gaming was the Brazilian representative at the 2021 edition that was held in Reykjavik, Iceland. For the first time since it started the entry phase, the competition included three groups, with 11 teams attending instead of eight.
With more opponents and territories, paiN Gaming will have more time to prepare for clashes since the tournament no longer takes place over two days and now has four days of team presentations. To the relief of the Brazilian fans, ‘brTT’ Felipe made his debut by defeating the Istanbul Wildcats and gave hope for a trip to the MSI group stage.
But all the joy gained on the first day of the event turned into sadness in the following games. With four consecutive losses to PSG Talon and the MAD Lions, paiN Gaming saw Brazil follow their exit from the stage of another MSI groups. The new victory in the last match against the Istanbul Wildcats only resulted in a better campaign than INTZ.
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