How would the MSI anthem sound if it was written by a Faker fan? This year, we found out.
Eleven teams from all over the world will compete in the sixth League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational this month to the sound of a new anthem, Set It Off.
Riot Games partnered with local South Korean hip-hop artists DPR LIVE and DPR CLINE to create a gritty anthem to deliver the creative theme of this years MSI.
We wanted to not just bring that Korean culture into the anthem, but to lead with it, said Carrie Dunn, creative director of esports for Riot Games. Riot knew this anthem should be made by Korean artists. And the DPR collective was on the top of Riots list, mostly thanks to the range Riot heard within DPR LIVE’s work. DPR LIVE brought a unique and infectious confidence to his work and a natural tie-in with this years Korean-based MSI, according to the publisher.
For the first time since 2019, the MSI finals will also have a live performance of the anthem that, according to Riot, pairs perfectly with the event as well as connecting to Korean culture. The track Set It Off seems to instruct the listeners to set up the perfect in-game plays to the beat of set it off like this and take notes. DPR LIVE said he’s extremely honored to be the first Korean artist to perform and represent our motherland at such a big world scale event.Image via Riot Games
The anthem should bring confidence and boldness to the stage of Leagues first international event of the year. Like the competition itself, this track isn’t for the faint of heart and is tailor-made to accompany the best players on the main stage. The modern sounds we’ve learned to associate with MSI thanks to the previous anthem, Starts Right Here, return once more in this 2022 song, with the positive surprise of the Korean language added in the second verse.
The esports and music industries impact each other on various levels, and according to DPR LIVE, the meshing of these two cultures elevates them. He feels that being present at such a time and witnessing this happening is powerful. The artist also believes music collaborations related to esports are becoming more sought after, saying that this opportunity is something he and his team have been looking forward to but they werent able to find a good entry point till now.
With this first collaboration with Riot, the DPR collective found their way into esports musicand Set It Off might not be the last song well hear from them for an esports event. Now that weve officially stepped into this esports world, I can only see greater opportunities arise from here on out, DPR LIVE said on possible future collaborations with Riot.DPR LIVE | Image via Riot Games
League fans can expect the artists to give their one-thousand percent on stage during the opening ceremony for the MSI finals on May 29. MSI 2022 begins on May 10.