How to earn rewards and drops during the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational

Earn icons, emotes, and more.

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If there’s one thing we love more than competitive League of Legends, it’s getting free loot for watching competitive League of Legends. For the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, Riot Games will be bringing back their rewards system to give fans an even more interactive viewing experience. 

Starting May 6, fans will have the opportunity to complete missions by watching MSI games. They will also have access to random drops throughout the tournament, with loot drops from both Riot and their sponsorship partners randomly occurring throughout games. 

How to earn rewards

The rewards system for MSI will be similar to the blue essence missions that run throughout the year for regional leagues. Log into with your League of Legends account, and you’re ready to get started.

Watching games on the official LoL Esports site will unlock reward tiers, and the more you watch, the more you earn. Watching a single game will earn you 500 blue essence. Watching five more games will earn you a Hextech chest and key, and watching 10 more games after that will unlock an exclusive emote. 

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In total, you have to watch 16 games to unlock all possible rewards from this system. Both live games and VODs count, but they have to be MSI matches. These missions will run from April 29 to May 29. 

How to access drops

Riot trialed its drops system in Summer 2020, and it’s back for MSI 2021. Like the rewards missions, they’re only accessible on the official LoL Esports website. But unlike the rewards missions, drops can only be earned by watching live matches, not VODs. 

Common-tier drops will include four MSI-exclusive icons. Almost all viewers will have access to these drops at some point or another throughout the tournament, and drops will be triggered by in-game events in a similar style to last year’s World Championship stream. The more hype moments in a game, the more opportunities there will be for drops, but the triggers for drops are not always pre-determined or guaranteed. 

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As well as these icons, there will be Rare or Hyper-Rare drops available every day. These drops will include unspecified “in-game content’ for players, along with content made available by MSI’s event sponsors like branded Hextech chests and exclusive discounts. With Jax as the recipient of this year’s MSI Conqueror skin, Riot will also be dropping Jax champion shards throughout the tournament, alongside an unnamed “cool and exclusive” bonus. 

Each drop will come with an info card that will tell the recipient how to activate the item contained in the drop. Riot has said it will aim to deliver items within 24 hours of receiving the drop. For physical merch items, recipients will be contacted by Riot within 30 days of the drop to arrange delivery. Drops will be active every game day from the opening day of MSI to the finals from May 6 to May 23.

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