With the regional playoffs behind us, the champions of their respective regions have the Mid-Season Invitational 2021 firmly in their sights.
The Mid-Season Invitational is almost the best for us teams around the world are fighting for the first big honor of the year on the League of Legends calendar. MSI 2021 starts a little differently, the play-ins no longer exist and the new group phase format takes its place, followed by the Rumble Stage, your traditional MSI group, and, as always, the Knockout Stage.
The 2021 Mid-Season Invitational features the best players from around the world. Here is ESTNN's power ranking for each group at this year's MSI. Starting with Group C, this group includes 2020 World Champions and LCK Champions DAMWON KIA, LCS Showdown Champions Cloud9, LJL Spring Split Champions Detonation FocusMe 2021, and LLA Inaugural Season Champions Infinity Esports.
Read also: MSI 2021 Group C Preview
- Kim "Khan" Dong-ha – DAMWON KIA
- Ibrahim "Fudge" Allami – Cloud9
- Shunsuke "Evi" Murase – Detonation FocusMe
- Mateo Alejandro "Buggax" Aroztegui Zamora – Infinity Esports
Khan returns to the MSI stage with another LCK championship. Khan now holds five LCK titles, which is more than any other player for his role in the league. The last time Khan was at MSI, the Korean veteran reached the semi-finals with SKT. The teams have to watch out for his Sion, who played 18 times against the champion in this separation.
Fudge returns to the international stage, this time as the LCS champion. Fudge showed tremendous growth throughout the LCS spring split. Fudge is now a strong threat to Cloud9, from Alphari to bodying. For C9 to be successful, Fudge needs to keep improving.
Evi comes into this tournament as probably the best top laner of the LJL. Evi and DFM will try to create a stir in this tournament. This is not the first time that Evi and Cloud9 have crossed. The teams met for the first time in the play-in phase of the 2018 World Cup. Blaber played for both C9 and Evi that day.
Buggax had a solid split in the LLA, the biggest concern for the top laner is his priority at Gnar. Buggax played against Gnar seven times in the regular season and the inaugural playoffs, which he played the most. Gnar has been a well known champion in key regions and his biggest challenge will be to expand his champion pool in time for MSI.
- Kim "Canyon" Geon-bu – DAMWON KIA
- Robert "Blaber" Huang – Cloud9
- Diego "SolidSnake" Vallejo Trujillo – Infinity Esports
- Mun "Steal" Geon-Yeong – Detonation FocusMe
If ever there's a player who gets banned immediately for first place, it's Canyon. The LCK jungler takes part in this tournament after winning the 2020 Worlds Finals MVP and the 2021 LCK Spring Split MVP. Canyon is the spearhead of the DAMWON dynasty. Canyon was another monster of that split and rightly earned its place among the best players to play the game.
Blaber will make his full-time debut for Cloud9 at MSI in 2021. While Blaber was performing in both 2018 and 2019 at the World Cup, the North American jungler never had sole ownership of the starting role. Since Blaber was given the opportunity in the spring split 2020, he has won two MVP titles and two LCS titles.
After making waves in the play-in of the 2018 World Cup, SolidSnake returns to the international stage as one of the best junglers in Latin American history. As previously mentioned, SolidSnake was part of the 2018 Infinity Esports list that EDG defeated in Play-in the 2018 World Cup. While it will be an uphill battle to reach the Rumble Stage, SolidSnake is more than capable of leading its team to victory.
Steal has been one of the best players in the LJL for a while and this season has made no difference. Steal has been outrageous with champions like Olaf and Hecarim, who are his most played champions this season. This will be a great test for Steal to learn from two of the most aggressive junglers in the world in Blaber and Canyon.
- Heo "Showmaker" Su – DAMWON KIA  Luka "Perkz" Perković – Cloud9
- Lee "Aria" Ga-eul – Detonation FocusMe
- Cristian Sebastián "cody" Quispe Yampara – Infinity Esports
The showmaker makes his first appearance in the middle of the season and will look to double his fortune after DAMWON Gaming wins the 2020 World Cup. Showmaker is arguably the best mid laner in the world right now and again showed a strong performance in the LCK playoffs when DAMWON trudged through the brackets to win their second LCK title.
Perkz returns to Mid Lane for his first MSI in the role since 2017. Back then, Perkz was helping his G2 squad make it to the finals where they pushed a monstrous SKT all the way. Perkz kept his word and that should make Cloud9 a success. This certainly happened with an MVP for the mid-season showdown finals, as well as with TL losing to stamp her ticket to MSI.
Aria is the new blood and one of the key members in the continued success of DFM in the LJL. What makes Aria great is her regular season champion pool and playoffs. Aria played 11 champions in total, which should give him a chance to fight in the middle lane for Group C in a stacked lineup.
Cody is a very strong mid laner for Infinity Esports, but is limited by his small champion pool. During the regular season and playoffs, Cody played a total of six champions, one of which was a one-off game against Zoe that didn't go well. Cody needs to hone his skills in relation to what he has available if he and Infinity Esports are to stand a chance in this group.
- Jang "Ghost" Yong-jun – DAMWON Kia
- Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen – Cloud9
- Matías "WhiteLotus" Musso – Infinity Esports
- Yuta "Yutapon" Sugiura – Detonation FocusMe
The AD carry position is by far the most stacked position in this Group C power ranking. It was a tough back-and-forth deciding who was number one, but Ghost ousted Zven for this power ranking. It may sound absurd to compete against the reigning world champion, but Ghost's strengths do not match those of other world-class AD Carry. What Ghost does, however, is its top notch ability to play with little to no resources. Here's Ghost at his best and why he's a key member of DAMWON Kia.
Zven is returning to the international stage for the first time since 2017. It was poetic that the Danish AD Carry with his G2 brother, now Cloud9 brother in Perkz at his side. Since joining Cloud9, Zven has returned to his career, posting strong numbers and helping his team win two LCS titles in their time. Zven was deprived of the opportunity to participate in MSI last year due to the global pandemic and is looking forward to this year's tournament.
WhiteLotus returns to the international stage to cause a stir. Similar to Evi, WhiteLotus will again compete against Cloud9 in an international tournament. WhiteLotus competed against Cloud9 in the 2017 World Cup play-in. WhiteLotus is the best AD Carry ever to play in the Latin American league as it has won a major title in every LAM league it has played. This is his opportunity to overcome regional borders and cause a sensation on the international stage.  Yutapon has been with DFM for eight years, which is incredibly impressive considering how young the sport is. The LJL AD Carry did a great job of being flexible in their champion pool, which is good for them when going up against the other bottom laners at MSI. Yutapon played a range of champions that featured everything from hyper-carry like Kai & # 39; sa to poke champions like Varus and Ezreal.
- Cho "BeryL" Geon-hee – DAMWON KIA  Philippe "Vulcan" Laflamme – Cloud9
- Gabriel "Ackerman" Aparicio – Infinity Esports
- Kazuta "Kazu "Suzuki – Detonation FocusMe
Beryl is the definition of support. While Ghost may not be the best at his role, Beryl made sure that DAMWON's lowest lane is still one of the scariest lowest lanes in the world. The superstar's strengths lie in his ability to play games on the map and keep the pressure going at all times. What makes Beryl scariest is its champion ocean, not pool, ocean. During the regular Spring Split season and playoffs, Beryl played against 16 unprecedented champions.
Vulcan has been a monster since joining Cloud9. While his contributions have been overlooked due to the monstrous performances by Blaber and Perkz, Vulcan has been instrumental in the success of Cloud9. Vulcan's best champion is Alistar, whom he played in 13 games of this separation. Vulcan has continued the historic Cloud9 aggression alongside Blaber across card games.
Ackerman established himself as one of the top supporters in the LLA playing alongside veteran AD Carry WhiteLotus. Ackerman prefers to play dedicated champions like Rell and Alistar. And since WhiteLotus already masters Tristana, the other lower lanes could be run over if they do not respect the performance of this lower lane.
DFM's Kazu has been in a tough battle from the start. While Kazu has been a strong support in the LJL, his champion pool is a worrying sign for DFM. Kazu only played four unique champions in this breakdown, most of which are champions the other likes to pick.
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