It's not as grand an event as the month-long affair that is the League Championship Series finals, but Riot's Mid-Season Invitational is still a focal point of the League of Legends calendar. It acts as the glue between League's Summer and Spring seasons, with US$100,000 on offer for the eventual winner.

The smaller scale doesn't reduce the importance of the event for casters, however. But in a post this morning, three of the most recognisable contributors to the English broadcast announced they won't be participating due to substandard freelancing rates.