DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD Preview and Predictions: Mid-Season Invitational 2023

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DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD Preview and Predictions: Mid-Season Invitational 2023

Both teams suffered an 0-2 loss on the first day of the MSI, but which one will rise to the challenge, and which will say goodbye?

This Tuesday, the 2023 Mid-Season Invitational finally started, and the strongest League of Legends teams in the world have started their journey. We are still in the Play-In Stage of the tournament, fighting for the last 3 spots of the Bracket Stage – or fighting against elimination, such as CBLOL winners LOUD and Japanese Champions DetonatioN FocusMe.

DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD Preview

DetonatioN FocusMe

As per usual, DFM won the LJL, representing Japan in the international competition of 2023. The only difference from previous years is that their most recognizable player, Shunsuke “Evi” Murase is not with them, as he left for the LEC, while DFM signed Haruki “tol2” Shibata in his place. Other than the change in toplane, DFM is the same as ever, as they managed to get Lee “Aria” Ga-eul back from the LCK.

With this squad, DetonatioN FocusMe dominated the LJL, only losing a match to SoftBank HAWKS and Sengoku Gaming in the Regular Season. They started the Playoffs from Round 2, winning both their series 3-0, taking revenge on both the Hawks and the players of Sengoku.

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DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD The players of Detonation FocusMe

However, they couldn’t get a single point against PSG Talon in the first Bo3 of this year’s MSI: in the opening match, they lost in 30 minutes while being more than 15 thousand gold behind, as tol2 failed to land some crucial Malphite ultimates. While in the 2nd match, they were able to get a sizeable lead, they couldn’t close the game, so PSG Talon banished them to the Loser’s Bracket – will they be able to stand up?

LOUD

The winners of the CBLOL had a similar experience on the first day of MSI. They faced the 2nd seed of the LEC, G2 Esports, but the Brazilian squad was not scared the slightest. They had a great early game against Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther and his team in the first match, but akin to DFM, couldn’t seal the deal, and they got stomped by almost the same composition in the second round.

DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD The Players of Loud

Nevertheless, Leonardo “Robo” Souza and his teammates have dominated the Brazilian League of Legends tournament: after just 2 years of LOUD joining the competition, they finished this year’s Spring Split second with a 12-6 standing, then went on to win the Playoffs beating Los Grandes and paiN Gaming 3-1, then beating paiN again in the finals, but this time without dropping a game.

DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD Predictions

While both teams lost their first series, LOUD were a bit more convincing – or rather, they didn’t throw an almost 10 thousand gold lead like DFM did against PSG Talon. While the Brazilian team lost their second match in almost under 20 minutes, they are in no sense a weak team – and if they can get Moon “Route” Geom-su rolling, they could get the win. The midlane is another point of interest in the upcoming match, the battle of Thiago “tinowns” Sartori and Aria will be a sight to behold.

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Where to watch DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD

You canfollow the clash of the LJL and CBLOL Champions tomorrow at 17:00 CEST on the Riot Games Twitch channel, the LolEsports YouTube channel and of course, lolesports.com. Don’t forget to follow ESTNN for the latest Previews of the MSI!

DetonatioN FocusMe vs LOUD Preview and Predictions: Mid-Season Invitational 2023
Bence Loksa
Bence "Atreus" Loksa is a freelance journalist and League of Legends shoutcaster, covering all things esports and gaming, also yelling loudly at big plays happening on the Summoner's Rift. While his main focus is Riot Games' hit MOBA, he also dabbles in Call of Duty, VALORANT, and as of recent, the tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000 - where he looks to make some grudges with his Leagues of Votann army.