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Ryze and Grind: the Mid-Season Invitational starts in one week

Ryze and Grind is a morning links post, getting you caught up on what's happening in the world of League of Legends.

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MSI approaches! Here are the teams participating in Shanghai and the schedule. Our first team preview, on Turkish side SuperMassive eSports, is also up.

More LCS moves: LCS veterans KiWiKiD, Quas and Santorin are reportedly joining NRG, where they'll join mid laner GBM and an AD Carry to be named later.

Former Inspire/Huma jungler Maxlore is reportedly replacing Wisdom on Giants roster.

For all of the LCS roster moves between the two splits, check out our transaction tracker.

Challenger Series open qualifiers are going on. Over at, Joseph Edwards breaks down some teams to watch in EU, led by Fnatic Academy.

I want to be the very best...

This Pokemon/League crossover video is amazing.

h/t Reddit user Nidalevi

PBE updates!

There's a new Glacial Olaf splash.

There are also some adjustments to reworked Malzahar and Zyra, and some Taric nerfs.

As always, find all the PBE updates at Surrender at 20.

A god living among us: ESPN's Tyler Erzberger has a great story on Faker

More on the mid-season changes:

Team Liquid head coach Locodoco's latest video goes through the mid-season changes: he identifies Cassiopeia as a champion that will probably see a lot of competitive play after the patch.

So long, Dignitas, and thanks for all the memes.

Play of the day:

via Reddit user Goranthaleet