TL;DR: European Regional Leagues (ERLs) are back and better than ever before! Here’s all you need to know about each league including where to watch and how to get involved.
It’s an exciting year for ERLs. Last year we announced new additions to the ERL country list, as well as the brand new European cup, which will be held at the end of Spring Split - more details on that soon. With more countries added and more ways to participate this split, here’s a complete overview of each region:
Balkans - Esports Balkan League
The Esports Balkan League (EBL) is a new addition for 2018. 8 teams play a double round-robin format before heading into playoffs. Semifinals and Finals will be held in venues with a live audience - keep an eye on their website for more information about attending. EBL kicks off Monday, 5th of February at 19:00 CET. Be sure to catch the action live on their YouTube channel.
Czech Republic and Slovakia - Hitpoint Masters
France - Open Tour
The brand new Open Tour is the home of competitive League of Legends tournaments in France. Evolving from its previous Challenge France form, this year there will be 7 stages of competition to take part in, with opportunities to earn points in each of them.
The first event is being held in association with Lyon e-Sport on Feb 16-18 and more events to be announced soon so keep an eye on the Open Tour website.
Germany, Austria, Switzerland - ESL Meisterschaft
ESL Meisterschaft kicked off their 2018 spring season on January 29th with new ways to participate through their 2nd Division. More information about ESL Meisterschaft can be found on their website including how to get involved and where to watch.
Alongside ESL Meisterschaft, the region will also launch other tournaments throughout the year. Keep an eye on the German lolesports site for more information to be announced soon.
Italy - PG Nationals Predator
PG Esports will be running the Italian Nationals kicking off on February 14th at 20:00 CET. You can tune in to watch their broadcast via Twitch and for more information, head over to their website and social media, where they’ve announced their caster team as well as the schedule for their upcoming qualifiers.
Nordics - Nordic Championship
Previously qualifying via Ragnarök, we have now teamed up with DreamHack to run the Nordic Championship, featuring regional qualification into a round robin online league with live finals at the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. 100,000 SEK will be on the line, alongside seeds into the next step on the path to the EU Cup. Stay tuned to DreamHack on all social media platforms for the latest news about the Nordic Championship!
Poland - ESL Mistrzostwa Polski
With 15 seasons behind them, the ESL Mistrzostwa Polski is one of Poland's longest operating and most prestigious esports competitions. This year will take place over two seasons, each with a qualifier, round robin and final phase, boasting a prize pool of 80,000 PLN and culminating on live finals in the ESL Arena and Poznań Game Arena respectively.
All matches will be broadcast live from ESL studios, so tune in to their Twitch channel and witness the best teams in Poland fight for their share of the prize and qualification to the EU Cup!
The 16th season of ESL MP kicked off with their qualifiers on February 3rd.
Portugal - Moche LPLOL
The premier Portuguese Moche LPLOL league, returning for their 4th edition and this time looking to establish their place at the top of European competition through the EU cup.
The hearth of promising stars like Minitroupax, Portugal is ready to prove that their talent pool defines them as the new league to watch.
Spain - Superliga Orange
The Spanish talent powerhouse, Superliga Orange has consistently been delivering top contenders out of their ERL for the last 5 years. The first GIANTS, talented coaches like Deilor or the newest rookie superstars Jiizuke started here. For the 2018 season, the 8 established organizations, filled with talent from all over Europe will fight to become champions of Spain and prove their real strength to the rest of the continent in the EU Cup.
UK - ESL Premiership
Stay tuned for more information coming soon on the European Cup including dates, format and schedule but for now, be sure to check in with your local ERL to follow the action and see the next potential European Champion rise to glory.