Mikyx says he might not play at the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational

This could put a damper on Europe's chances at MSI.

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Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle, support player for European League of Legends team G2 Esports, has revealed that he may not be able to compete at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

“I’ve always really wanted to play MSI and play all other top teams from the other regions, but right now, I’m not so sure if that is gonna be possible given that I’m still very much restricted due to the injury,” Mikyx wrote in an Instagram post.

The player has been suffering from a long-term repetitive strain injury in his wrists, and the pain has driven him away from League of Legends. He’s had to drastically minimize how much he scrims and has spent time on the bench in an attempt to recover.

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Last weekend we played the LEC finals in Rotterdam, which honestly was a really nice experience. Some family members also came to watch me in person which felt great, although I was a little scared since last time they saw me was in Madrid and we all know how that went. After 3 years of hard work, practice and failure I finally got to lift a trophy. I’m so happy and so grateful to my team to help me with that achievement (and also with the actual lifting cause that thing was heavy). The fact that we finished the series with the fastest game time in EU history was honestly the cherry on top. Right after the final nexus blew up, came some of the happiest moments of my life. Cheering with my team, hugging my family and high fiving fans was amazing This was followed by a rather intense feeling, hard to put into words. A mix between sadness and realization of how long the grind had been ever since that first finals with splyce in 2016 when I thought it could only get better from there, how all the practicing eventually led to the very injury that could have potentially ruined it all. Should I have taken breaks? Or was the lack of breaks what put me on this stage today? Thinking of that kinda made me tear up and I kept telling myself not to cry. I was just trying to hold it together during the post game interview, not sure if I succeeded. In the end, after all that, when the dopamine rush of lifting a trophy left me, I felt exhausted, way less hyped than I would expect after winning a final. But maybe it’s due to the fact that the series wasn’t as “ close “. I’ve always really wanted to play MSI and play all other top teams from the other regions, but right now I'm not so sure if that is gonna be possible given that I’m still very much restricted due to the injury. The healing and recovery takes priority, but I’m gonna give it my all nonetheless. Maybe next time it won't take me a trophy to make another post, cya at MSI! . . 📷:@lolesports . . #lec #videogames #g2esports #win #lolesports #rotterdam

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Earlier in the season, after G2 secured first place in the regular split, substitute player Hampus “promisq” Mikael Abrahamsson temporarily replaced him. Despite coming back for the playoffs and beating Origen 3-0 in back-to-back series, Mikyx is still suffering from pain.

“It kinda sucks if we’re going to go to [South] Korea and boot camp,” Mikyx said in a post-series interview with freelance esports host Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere. “I won’t really be able to play solo queue or scrim against the good teams. It’s bittersweet, I guess.”

There’s hope that Mikyx will sufficiently recover in time, but since he’s been tackling the issue for some months now, the chances are slim. Even if he hasn’t recovered in time, he could still play at MSI, however.

He was in a similar situation during the playoffs, and he could do a repeat performance by choosing to fight through the pain to compete at MSI. If this isn’t an option for Mikyx, though, promisq will likely replace him.

“The healing and recovery takes [sic] priority, but I’m gonna give it my all nonetheless,” Mikyx wrote on Instagram.

The play-in stage at MSI kicks off on May 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where the best teams in the world will compete for their chance at international glory.