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Esports: Evi insists MSI is key to gauge performance

DetonatioN FocusMe top laner Shunsuke "Evi" Murase insists the Mid-Season Invitational is an important tournament to gauge where Japanese teams are relative to those from other regions and is disappointed his side are out of the event.

In the next match in the Mid-Season Invitational, meanwhile, Saigon Buffalo are 1/1 to beat Evil Geniuses, who can be backed at 8/11 to come out on top.

DetonatioN struggle at MSI

DetonatioN FocusMe have been a dangerous side in the last year or so, having caused problems for Cloud9 in the previous edition of the Mid-Season Invitational, as well as becoming the first LJL representatives to make the group stage of the World Championships.

But they were unable to stir things up in the Mid-Season Invitational this time around, failing to progress to the Rumble Stage.

The team lost five of their six matches in the initial stage of the Mid-Season Invitational in a group featuring T1, Saigon Buffalo and Team Aze.

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Reflecting on their performance, "Evi" claimed he accepts the result, but that he wants to continue challenging himself on the international stage and prove how good a top laner he is.

Evi vows to prove his class

Speaking after the team's exit from the tournament, "Evi" said: "It's very unfortunate, truly, but honestly we should have played a lot better - this is a result that I accept.

"MSI (Mid-Season Invitational) is a very important tournament for us - we can measure where Japan as a region stands in the international world.

"I'm here to challenge myself individually to see how good I am on the international stage as a top laner - the reason why I'm here is to prove how good I am."

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