Iceland volcanic action adds an interesting wrinkle to League of Legends MSI.

Now is not the time to be collecting rocks

Those who make the decisions in the League of Legends boardroom have made it abundantly clear that they aren’t afraid of either contracting or spreading COVID-19 in Iceland. So it’s perhaps no surprise they don’t seem to be overly worried about something considerably less scary, namely a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

First, let’s bring you up to speed on League of Legends and Iceland. Earlier this week it was announced that the country with one of the coldest-sounding names on the planet would be letting esports players from around the globe descend on it for the LoL Mid-Season Invitational.

The tournament will take place in Reykjavík from May 6-23. Action will unfold in the city’s Laugardalshöll sporting arena.

Game developer Riot announced that VALORANT will also use the country as a base. VALORANT’S VCT Masters will take place in Reykjavík running May 24-30, with 10 teams from across the globe battling it out for a spot at the VALORANT Champions table last this year.

And here’s where things get interesting today.

Iceland scientists have warned there are “strong signs” of a volcanic eruption due to seismic activity near Mount Keilir, which is approximately 20 miles from Reykjavík. You might remember a 2014 eruption in Iceland from Mount Bárðarbunga casting a choking cloud over Europe for weeks.

So what does this mean for Riot? There’s no way of knowing for sure yet. But the last Twitter post on the upcoming MSI had the developer suggesting that now would be a good time for players to start packing their carry-ons and making sure to include a parka. And there’s been little since then on how a volcanic eruption in Iceland may affect esports plans in May.

The good news here?

The last time Mount Keilir erputed was a century ago. And scientists say the eruption isn’t going to turn Iceland into something resembling a modern version of Pompeii.

At a news conference announcing the volcanic activity, an Iceland civil defence spokesman said that risks are minimal as long as you aren’t rock collecting at the volcano’s base. Or, presumably, playing League of Legend or VALORANT on your phone.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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